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Tue
31
Dec

Letter to the Editor: Support for 2019 Holiday Lights

To the Editor:

Our team at Helping Services for Youth & Families wants to thank all of the volunteers, sponsors, and visitors that made Holiday Lights another success. Having completed its 15th year, Holiday Lights continues to be a wonderful community event that also serves as Helping Services for Youth & Families’ most important fundraiser. Helping Services for Youth & Families is a nonprofit organization with programs that promote healthier and safer families residing throughout eight counties in Northeast Iowa.

Holiday Lights brought over 4,000 cars through Pulpit Rock Campground in Decorah, hosted 1,600 visitors for the opening Walk-through event, and enlisted the help of over 300 volunteers throughout the season. If you are interested in ways to support Holiday Lights and/or Helping Services for Youth & Families, please contact us at info@helpingservices.org or 563-387-1720.

Tue
31
Dec

Letter to the Editor: Concerns relating to recent Christmas pageant

To the Editor:

As a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, I have my opinion with the Christmas Pageant presented on Sunday, December 15.

It is my belief that the pageant presented is an untrue version of the birth of Jesus Christ, written by Pastor Gentry.

Read the true version of the birth of Jesus Christ in the Gospels of Matthew Chapter 1 and 2 and Luke Chapter 2.
 
Harvey Estebo
Waukon

 

Tue
24
Dec

Letter to the Editor: VMH deserves our undying support

To the Editor:

Saturday, December 14 proved to be a day of unusual activity for me, and one I won’t forget.

About 7 a.m. I was admitted to the emergency room at Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) here in Waukon; by 10 a.m. I was being wheeled into surgery to remove my gall bladder; and by 5 p.m. I was out of recovery and Sheryl was driving me home. Not long after, I had my feet up watching RFD TV.

I’m not writing to whine about my big day but to offer praise and thanksgiving for the wonderful facility and staff at VMH. From the time we entered the doors, until we left, we encountered nothing but kindness, caring, efficiency and professionalism. The exceptionally competent nurses, doctors, technicians and surgeons could not have been more attentive and skilled. What a blessing for me to have all that available right here, when I needed it most.

Tue
24
Dec

Letter to the Editor: New Year’s Resolutions for 2020

To the Editor:

In the spirit of the New Year, we suggest the following New Year’s Resolutions:
• Practice gratitude daily
• Notice needs of others
• Use kindness to help lift up a discouraged heart
• Understand that not all struggles are consequence-based
• Be an example of integrity, compassion and service to others
• Care for the innocent and those who can’t speak for themselves
• Become a child advocate as a CASA or FCRB volunteer in your community
• Visit childadvocacy.iowa.gov to apply

Iowa Court Appointed
Special Advocates (CASA) for Children

 

Tue
24
Dec

Letter to the Editor: California

To the Editor:

Wow! We Iowans are going to California for a bowl game. Tons of Iowans will be going there to spend their money. Included in this bunch are hundreds of people, including the team, the band and lots of staff - all being paid for by the State of Iowa.

We are doing this in spite of the fact that just a few months ago we were scolded by the State of California because we had the temerity to not compel all sellers of health insurance companies in our state to cover sex change surgeries. Because Iowa gave that option to these companies, California also stated they would not pay for any of its State-paid employees to attend any functions in Iowa.

Tue
24
Dec

Letter to the Editor: Putting tax dollars to good use?

To the Editor:

When I learned that the City wanted to hire a City Manager, I thought, “yes,” they could use one. I think they could use some help managing the budget and cut back on wasteful spending. For example, cutting down perfectly good trees, replacing of downtown plaza, replacing street lights with “prettier” ones, roofing of the former JCPenney building they don’t own, etc., etc. etc.

Now, I read in the council minutes the City Manager (hired to help eliminate wasteful spending) and council are discussing new furniture for City offices and comfy chairs in the council chambers. Where does putting tax dollars to good use fit into that one?

Brenda A’Hearn
Waukon

 

Wed
18
Dec

Letter to the Editor: Senator Ernst and Social Security

To the Editor:

Senator Ernst has told us what she believes. During a Republican primary debate in April 2014 and again in an interview by KCCI media May 29, 2014 she said, “We have to reform Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. And the way we do that with Social Security is by looking at transitioning our younger workers onto individual plans or individual savings accounts, whether that’s tied to the market, whether it’s based on interest rates - however we want to do that, we can have that discussion.”

Ernst reminded us of her goal at a September 5, 2019 town hall where she said members of congress should discuss social security “behind closed doors.” The only reason politicians ever take actions behind closed doors is that they know the results will be massively unpopular. Raising taxes on the wealthy (who mostly escape Social Security taxation) to pay for Social Security benefits is favored in opinion polls and is a discussion that should be held in public.

Wed
11
Dec

Word for Word 12/11/19

Msgr. Ed Lechtenberg
Msgr. Ed Lechtenberg

For your meditation:
Isaiah 11:1-10
Matthew 3:1-2
Romans 15: 4-9

Peanuts - The little girl Lucy is saying that Christmas is a time for kindness and good will; a time to accept one another, welcome  others to our homes and into our lives. Charlie Brown responds by saying, “Why just at Christmas? Why can’t we be kind, accepting and hospitable all through the year?” Lucy looks at Charlie Brown and says, “What are you? Some kind of religious fanatic?” Well, that old religious fanatic, the Apostle Paul, was of the same mind as Charlie Brown. He saw Christian acceptance as a year round everyday quality which is an outgrowth of faith in the Christ who freely welcomes and accepts others all the time.

Wed
27
Nov

Word for Word 11/27/19

Pastor Steve Oden
Pastor Steve Oden

Thanksgiving

But one of them, seeing that he was healed, returned and, with a loud voice, gave glory to God. He fell facedown at His feet, thanking Him. And he was a Samaritan.(Luke   17:15-16)

Thankfulness is foundational to the Christian life. Thankfulness is a conscious response that comes from looking beyond our blessings to their source. As Christians, we have been forgiven, saved from death, and adopted as God’s children. There could be no better reason for a grateful heart!

Wed
27
Nov

Letter to the Editor: Our churches are all on the same team

To the Editor:

I read with interest the Word for Word article by Pastor Ron Pederson of King of Grace Lutheran Church (November 13, 2019).

He recounted his experience of ministering to a dying man and seeing that man come to have faith in Christ.

Rev. Pederson offered a fresh perspective, perhaps not in the exact words I would use in light of my own church denominational background, but nevertheless his words demonstrated the genuineness of someone entering the Christian faith for the first time.

Being offered this fresh perspective is important to me, because I need to know that while other Christians from other churches may use slightly different words and phrases that I am used to, we are all really on the same page.

Whether the church is Lutheran, Catholic, Baptist, or some other Biblically-based denomination, our goal is primarily the same: to see those around us brought closer to God.

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