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Wed
07
Feb

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Luke Switzer

To the Editor:

Generosity throughout Waukon​​​​​ contributed to a successful shoebox gift collection season at drop-off locations for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child. Across the U.S., the project collected 10 million shoebox gifts in 2023. Combined with those collected from partnering countries in 2023, the ministry is now sending over 11.3 million shoebox gifts to children worldwide, including many who are suffering from war, poverty, disease and disaster.

Wed
07
Feb

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Arthur Clocksin

To the Editor:

I once had a colorful poster of a little bunny rabbit in a beautiful wooded area. On the poster was written the words, “Life is fragile; handle with prayer”.

Life is indeed fragile, and the daily news proves it. Even in our own town there is a murder, which follows another one not so many years back.

It is so easy to do great damage. A simple click of the trigger finger can end a precious life. An act of vandalism can destroy what had taken years to build. An unkind, angry word spoken to a child can damage the child’s psyche for the rest of his or her life.

In my recent past I had worked at two different factories. At each place of employment there was a man who took his own life. One was age 22 and the other middle-aged. I knew these men on a first-name basis. I can only trust that I did all I could to be a positive influence in their lives when I was with them.

Wed
07
Feb

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Ann Hart

To the Editor:

Iowans share a history of valuing our children’s education. We believe every child has a right to a public education regardless of race, religion, or ZIP code and all children deserve a quality public school education. Unfortunately, Gov. Reynolds and her supporters do not share these values and instead, have chosen to weaken our public schools.

For years, Gov. Reynolds and her supporters have underfunded public schools. Then last year, Gov. Reynolds and her supporters passed vouchers (Educational Savings Accounts, or ESAs) which gives our public dollars to private schools. Vouchers draw money away from public schools in the amount of $7,635 per student.

Wed
31
Jan

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Mark Jacobson

To the Editor:

All humans need somebody to listen. Feeling connected is not just something we want. As humans, it’s a real need. So of course we feel bad when it seems nobody is there for us. Feeling unheard can create emotions  like depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and self-hatred.

See if anything on the following list speaks to you. These may be signs that you’re not broken or “mentally ill” - you just need someone who will listen.

Feeling Like You’re Worthless. Self-esteem can only be nurtured by deep connection with other people. You can’t totally create it for yourself, alone. So what happens when nobody listens to you and you don’t feel really seen or heard? Naturally, your self-esteem decreases,  and you may feel worthless.

Wed
24
Jan

Word for Word 1/24/24

Pr. James Buckhahn
Pr. James Buckhahn

Who Am I?

Hello again from Pastor Buck here at Lansing UMC.  “Who Am I” - seems to be a hot topic in our world today. I am going to address this topic by telling you who I am and how I came to that conclusion.

Let us begin. I am human, a species created separate and apart from all other creatures on this earth and yes created by God. From Genesis 1:26-27, “Then God said, “Let Us make humankind in Our image, according to Our likeness… So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”   As a human I do share some of the basic biological building blocks (i.e., DNA) with other creatures God created.   But as a human I have what no other creature has, God’s DNA. “Let Us make humankind in Our image”, this is not something biologic but on a higher order. I call it God’s DNA, others may call a soul.

Wed
03
Jan

Word for Word 1/3/24

Pastors in many denominations are heavily encouraged, or required, to participate in some sort of continuing education each year. What this looks like can vary from pastor to pastor depending on their interests, goals, what the growing edges they may want to look at. In November, I, along with Rev. Kim Gates from St. Paul and Forest Mills UMCs, had the opportunity to take a “Civil Rights Pilgrimage” on a small group tour. We started out in Nashville, traveled down to Atlanta, rode over to Birmingham and also spent time in Montgomery and Selma in Alabama before making the loop back up to Nashville.

Now, full disclosure would be admitting that the civil rights era of the 1950s and 1960s happened well before my time, so while many on the trip could remember what they heard (or didn’t hear) in the news back then, it is all history to me.

Wed
20
Dec

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Dr. Stephen D. Regan

To the Editor:

Having spent most of my life in education as a student, teacher, coach, consultant, professor, and university dean, I am concerned about the lengthy downward achievement trend of Iowa students. Governors Harold Hughes (Democrat) and Robert D. Ray (Republican) took great pride in Iowa’s ranking as #1 in the ACT, SAT, and the Iowa Test of Educational Development, and Iowa Test of Basic Skills. The four assessments were unsurpassed among the statistical evaluations for validity and reliability.

Unfortunately,  Governor Terry Branstad and Governor Kim Reynolds disliked the Iowa State Education Association, most progressive educational endeavors, and many educational experts. Their lack of educational support is easily seen in the data.

Wed
20
Dec

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Carl Christianson

To the Editor:

The branches of our military have long proven that working together as a team results in positive outcomes. Our Legislators often refer to our Military as “America’s Finest!”

Perhaps our Legislators should glean lessons from “America’s Finest” and earn the same title. Of course, most of our Legislators have never been to “Boot Camp”, and Law School is not an equal substitute!

I saw an inscription on a monument regarding our Vietnam Veterans, and I quote:

“We were the best America had, Brothers who fought without America’s support, Brothers who returned without America’s Welcome, Brothers who will always be the best America had.”
End of quote.

In our future elections, let’s strive to give America our best government leaders so they can be referred to as America’s Finest Lawmakers who serve at the pleasure of and for the people!

Respectfully,
Carl Christianson,
Waukon

 

Wed
20
Dec

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Gerald Piittmann

To the Editor:

Let’s shop local.

Everyone is getting ready for Christmas. Let’s help our local businesses. We are lucky we have several new businesses, as well as our older businesses.

How many businesses have you never been in? Find out all these new businesses have to offer. I personally have been very surprised at what they have.

How many have never been at the Green House? They have nice yard and garden items. Take a look.

Go to Steel Cow and see the jewelry items that Val sells with her cow paintings; earrings, necklaces, small paintings, etc. Former Waukon people would like local artist creations. Take a look.

How many women have never gone to Sweeney’s to look for gifts for husbands and children? Toys, kitchen items, boots, shirts, winter wear. You will be surprised.

Gift cards at grocery stores, beauty shops, nail decorating, restaurants, hardware stores. Look everywhere.

Wed
20
Dec

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Ann Hart

To the Editor:

What does liberty mean to you? The dictionary definition of liberty is the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views.

I wonder if Moms For Liberty have ever read that definition, as their whole premise is that of oppression and restriction. They worked with Governor Reynolds and Iowa Republican legislators to restrict the books our children and youth may read in school. They were instrumental in passing laws last session that restrict the rights of LGBTQ youth and pointedly singled out transgender youth and their rights. Moms For Liberty aren’t really for liberty, they are for undermining public education and communities.

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