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Wed
22
Jul

Letter to the Editor: Another perspective on the Freedom Rock

To the Editor:

I would like to share some facts and information with the public about the Freedom Rock.

It is my understanding that Ardie Kuhse commissioned the artist (Bubba Sorensen) to do a Freedom Rock for “us” here in Allamakee County. Ardie submitted a lot of the requirements needed to start the Freedom Rock project. She says she started this project back in 2016.

With that being said, only a few choice people heard about it until recently when its deadline is fast approaching. She mentioned previously about putting it in her husband’s hometown but was persuaded out of that and into putting it in the county seat, which is Waukon. She has a place picked out at our city park. She noted there was a lot of parking, restrooms, picnic areas along with space to develop and enhance the scope (landscaping) of the tourism project.

Wed
22
Jul

Letter to the Editor: Residents or prisoners

To the Editor:

Do you have or know someone in a nursing home?  Are they allowing any type of visits?

I agree that we need to take COVID-19 seriously.  In the beginning, it was necessary to lock down nursing homes. However, we cannot lock people up for five months, plus how much longer and merely say, “We’re doing this for your safety.”

Long-term isolation is detrimental to everyone, especially the elderly. The elderly are at a high risk for physical and mental decline if forced to live in isolation away from those who are most important to them.

Wed
15
Jul

Letter to the Editor: Learning while beautifying

To the Editor:

Have you noticed the handsome, new, black, sturdy trash receptacles placed on the corners of Main Street in downtown Waukon? If you have, did you wonder where such attractive objects originated?

These containers were fashioned, designed and welded by the Waukon High School students in Mr. Caleb Ferring’s welding class. Also, a special thanks to Benjegerdes Machine and Kol-Gol for working with the students.

Our community is fortunate to have such talented students learning the trade from Mr. Ferring at this young age.

Harvey and Betty Estebo
Waukon

 

Tue
07
Jul

Letter to the Editor: Our society can and must do better

To the Editor:

Our country faces significant challenges and unsettling times. Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation (NEICAC) joins the nation in the devastation of recent events that has, once again, put the spotlight on how the unfair treatment of people of color has impacted communities across our country. Over 55 years ago, community action agencies were born out of the civil rights movement and it was then they committed to the alleviation of poverty and changes to public policy that created economic inequities. Because poverty and race often overlap, we must not only fight poverty, but also battle racism by addressing systematic biases and injustices that often lead to poverty.

Wed
01
Jul

Letter to the Editor: Freedom Rock

To the Editor:

I would like to share a little information about the Freedom Rock. It all started when Ray “Bubba” Sorensen painted a 12-foot tall, 60-ton boulder near Menlo in Iowa honoring the military men and women. People liked what he was doing and so the Iowa Freedom Rock Tour was created. Each county in Iowa was to have a big rock on which Mr. Sorensen would paint something military honoring our veterans. So far, he has painted about 87 Freedom Rocks in Iowa. To view the Freedom Rocks, go to Freedom Rock Iowa on your computer. Mr. Sorensen has three goals with The Freedom Rock Tour, and those are to honor America’s Veterans, promote Iowa tourism and provide for his family.

Wed
01
Jul

Letter to the Editor: The environment and our elected officials

To the Editor:

During this pandemic crisis, with the importance of lung health well established, the current administration is working against us. They are doing favors for polluters, weakening health safeguards that could lessen air pollution. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning a rollback on protections against mercury in our environment. There is no crackdown on industrial soot. They are gutting clean-car standards, increasing air pollution and fuel costs. The EPA is inviting industrial facilities to stop monitoring and reporting dangerous air and water pollution during the pandemic.

Wed
24
Jun

Letter to the Editor: Drawing comparisons between accomplished pair

To the Editor:

Is there something about the water in small town northeast Iowa... benefiting Minnesota and the world?

Upon researching the history of Waukon’s Michael Osterholm, I am struck by the uncanny life and career similarities between him and another of Iowa’s famous sons and University of Minnesota’s most highly esteemed alumni, 1970 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate the late Dr. Norman Borlaug.  Dr. Osterholm, of course, is a current world-renowned professor and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University.

Wed
17
Jun

Letter to the Editor: Observing World Elder Abuse Awareness Week

To the Editor:

June 15 - 19 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Week. Throughout that week, communities in the USA and all over the world will sponsor events to highlight the growing tragic issue of elder abuse.

The United States Administration on Aging estimates that as many as 1 in 10 older Americans are abused or neglected each year. Older adults are contributing members of American society and their abuse or neglect diminishes all of us. America has confronted and addressed the issues of child abuse and domestic violence, but, as a society we have for too long ignored the issue of elder abuse.

Wed
10
Jun

Letter to the Editor: Combating racism

To the Editor:

If you are looking for ways to combat racism in our country, in addition to or instead of protesting in the streets, here are just some of the things you can do:

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