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Wed
28
Sep

Letter to the Editor by Dr. Karissa Niehoff, Tom Keating and Jean Berger

To the Editor:

There’s an unfortunate trend continuing in Iowa and across the nation that must be addressed: the negative behavior of some coaches, parents, and fans at high school athletic events.

Far too often, we see yelling, harassment, disrespect, and even physical assault directed at high school referees, umpires, and other officials during and after games. Often, the harassment continues on social media. Perhaps you’ve witnessed it firsthand - or even engaged in it yourself.

Not only is this behavior unacceptable and embarrassing, but it’s also having serious consequences on the future of high school sports. At this time, some states and some of our own communities are experiencing a critical shortage of high school officials. The number-one reason? You guessed it: the behavior of coaches, parents, and fans toward officials.

National surveys of officials report alarming statistics:

Wed
28
Sep

Letter to the Editor by Thomas W. Hill

To the Editor:

Mr. Lowell Engle (September 14 letter) claimed that Ms. Ann Klees (August 31 letter) has been drinking the progressives’ “Kool-Aid.” If that is so, then Mr. Engle and Mr. Osmund Quandahl (September 14 letter) have been taking baths in the conservatives’ “Kool-Aid”.

Although many assertions in their letters deserve rebuttal, due to space limitations, I will focus on Mr.  Quandahl’s criticism of the $80 billion overhaul of the Internal Revenue Service (I.R.S.) over the next decade as part of the Inflation Reduction Act. He may have been repeating the shameful remarks of a prominent conservative who said - even though he knows better - that the new I.R.S. employees would be “going after middle-class and small-business people.”

Wed
28
Sep

Letter to the Editor by Jacob Smith

To the Editor:

The United States of America - our country endowed with the inalienable rights and freedoms of all who live - stands tall. God is the One who formed our rights and our freedoms. As such, we cannot dedicate this country to that of any other God or man-made religion. Rather, our Constitution was written by godly men who revered God and the Bible, and its principles were derived to write the U.S. Constitution.

The United States of America, a strong nation developed through the ideals of our “unalienable rights and freedom under God, indivisible, with liberty, and with justice for all,” was written to ensure that our rights as individuals are not infringed upon.

“We The People,” states the Constitution’s first words. The phrase itself is empowering. The moral courage it took of our founding fathers to draft this timeless document is unmatched by any other.

Wed
28
Sep

Letter to the Editor by Mark Jacobson

To the Editor:

Decades of failed mental health policies have placed law enforcement on the front line of mental health crisis response and turned jails and prisons into the new asylums. Deinstitutionalization, treatment laws demanding a person become violent before intervention, discriminatory Federal Medicaid funding policies and the prolonged failure by states to fund their mental health systems drive those in need of care into the criminal justice and corrections systems, rather than into the public health system where they belong.

Wed
28
Sep

Letter to the Editor by Annette Frey

To the Editor:

As I sit down to write this, my heart weighs very heavily tonight. Today staff, residents and families learned that the Postville Good Samaritan Society nursing home will be closing its doors in the middle of November.

A corporation, Sanford Health Care, has decided that the bottom dollar and profit is more important than the lives of those who work or live there. Tonight residents are wondering where they will live and spend whatever days they have left, leaving behind memories of those they have become close to and shared many happy times with. Staff are stressing over what they will do for a job to support themselves and their own families, walking away from a “family” they were part of at the Postville Good Sam.

Thu
22
Sep

Word for Word 9/21/22

Pastor Abraham Faugstad
Pastor Abraham Faugstad

“You’d fit right in!”

Recently, I have been going around the community to introduce myself and share information about our church and the Good News about Jesus who has won forgiveness and life for all people with His death on the cross. It reminded me of a story I heard about a pastor who went to visit a man one day. He knocked on the door and invited the man to come to church. The man shook his head and said, “I will never go to church. It’s full of hypocrites!” The preacher replied, “Well, you’d fit right in!”

This humorous story brings up an important question: who is church for? Is it just for nice people or those who need help? Who needs church? Perhaps the better question is - who needs Jesus? This answer is clear - we all do!

Thu
22
Sep

Letter to the Editor by Cate St. Clair

To the Editor:

Information literacy is crucial to democracy.

In his most recent letter to the editor, Lowell Engle cites a July 19, 2022 NASA article that claims climate changes are a result of “the changes in the earth’s solar orbit and not because of SUVs and fossil fuel.”

In the time it took you to read that sentence, you could also fact check it. Reuters reports and NASA submits that this claim, popular on social media, has long been debunked. The Milankovitch Cycles, Earth’s shifting of position relative to the sun over geological time, are not responsible for climate change.

“A spokesperson for NASA similarly told Reuters that the scientists are ‘confident Earth’s recent warming is primarily due to human activities - specifically, the direct input of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into Earth’s atmosphere from burning fossil fuels or other anthropogenic activities.’ ”

Thu
22
Sep

Letter to the Editor by Kermit Klees

To the Editor:

Trump took over the party that has a long history of giving taxpayer money to big corporations and the extremely wealthy. At the same time, they condemn people who need a hand up as they struggle to make a living and raise a family.

In 2017 this conservative MAGA party passed tax break legislation signed into law by Trump which basically handed out trillions of dollars to big companies and to wealthy individuals.

Fast forward to 2020 when Trump and conservative Senators and Representatives passed a stimulus bill which ended up being a bonanza for the rich and big companies. This tax break cost us taxpayers $135 billion.

Check it out. Go to the Pro Publica website and look at how much Donald Trump and Iowa’s MAGA Senators and Representatives gave to big companies. Look at other individuals who abused the program.

Thu
22
Sep

Letter to the Editor by Pat Ward

To the Editor:

When it comes to Mr. Engle and Mr. Quandahl, they fail to even mention that they are members of the party of insurrection that could be guilty of sedition - which, if found guilty, is a form of treason - for the Capitol riot and the attempt to overthrow this country of democracy. If they want to live in a country run by dictators, they can easily move to Russia, China or North Korea, all three of which are run by killer dictators.

Why did the ex-president want to stay in office? I think he dreamed of being like Putin, a dictator. Just face what even you gentlemen should know, the better man won. How many times do you have to be told that I think your party is guilty of an attempted coup?

Pat Ward
Waterville

 

Thu
22
Sep

Letter to the Editor by Carolyn Adam

To the Editor:

I just came from the meeting put on by the hospital explaining the proposed City to County conversion. I recommend everyone in Allamakee County go to one of these. It was informative and easy to understand.

Each of us needs to do whatever we can to make sure we have our local hospital. If we have an emergency, we want immediate help and we want to be able to take advantage of the services we have right here.

Get the facts and vote in November. The question is on the ballot. I’m voting for County.

Carolyn Adam
Waukon

 

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