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Wed
14
Apr

Letter to the Editor: We should all care

To the Editor:

Hate is a pretty strong word. It’s been used a lot lately. Maybe we should tone it down a little. I would like to rebut a few items from Mr. Johnson’s letter.

A total of 30,573 false or misleading statements from President Trump during his four-year tenure. Mr. Johnson says, “Who cares?” Wow, we should all care. Truth is the foundation of democracy. We citizens should expect the truth from our country’s highest official. Much of what we are living with now, the fracturing of our society, the anger and mistrust, has been brought on by those lies, spoken or tweeted. Once stated, never corrected and, sadly, believed.

And they continue, the name calling and accusations. Biden is a liberal. Well, look it up. Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary says, “one who is open minded or not strict in the observance of orthodox, traditional or established forms or ways, an advocate or adherent of liberalism especially in individual rights.”

Wed
14
Apr

Letter to the Editor: Support the Solar Energy Tax Credit

To the Editor:

I encourage all our neighbors in northeast Iowa to support the Solar Energy Tax Credit bill currently going through the Iowa Legislature (HF 221).

After years of researching renewable energy and trying small projects on our farm and in our home, we decided to grow our effort to “farm” the sun by adding a solar energy project. The Solar Energy Tax Credit at the time made the price tag look a little more manageable.

This tax credit, however, needs to be expanded now so farmers and others will be encouraged to add solar without having to be on a years-long waiting list to get the credit. The current law was tied to an expiring federal credit and the amount allocated for each year did not meet the demand. HF 221 fixes these issues.

Wed
14
Apr

There aren’t many around

This guy, Jim Rossi of Lansing, is one of few remaining U.S. Army Veterans from World War II, and he helped a lot of people. He was just 18 when is Army Tank Battalion came upon a horrific place called Buchenwald. It was created in 1937 near Weimar, Germany and many of its first internees were Communists. Yes, Jim remembers the place.

He’s going on 95 and is grateful for the health he has. I always remember Jim as my first Scoutmaster. He has a lot of talent in the kitchen. He is a good guy, and you know what, the country needs more like him. Thank you, Jim!

John Dunlevy

Wed
07
Apr

Letter to the Editor: What is happening to our country?

To the Editor:

I enjoy reading the fact-based letters to the editor, unlike letters submitted to the editor by Mr. Hill, Mrs. Klees, Mrs. Pratte and Ms. Hart. They bring up the same old statements letter after letter, hate towards Donald Trump, his supporters and the GOP. Where is the unity that they talk about?

Mr. Hill states that Mr. Trump has been fact checked for 30,573 false or misleading statements. Who cares? Trump is out of office. Their letters are always to fulfill the narrative of the new liberal Democratic Party that they support.

Wed
31
Mar

Letter to the Editor: New handgun legislation endangers Iowans

To the Editor:

State Representative Michael Bergan and State Senator Michael Klimesh voted their approval of HF 756 Omnibus Bill last week, loosening regulations on handgun sales in Iowa.

Bergan claims the legislation “will improve public safety by ensuring law-abiding citizens can protect themselves immediately, tightening the loopholes on private sales,” and “(t)his bill does not eliminate background checks” and “is actually likely to increase the amount and frequency of background checks on gun purchases.”

Wed
31
Mar

Letter to the Editor: Stop the charade

To the Editor:

The author of the letter to the editor in the March 17 edition of The Standard claims that the Democrat Party, not the Republican Party, is the real party for  working class Americans. I would suggest otherwise.

She points out that not one Republican representing Iowa voted for the American Rescue Plan. All Iowans should applaud that vote.

The American Rescue Plan was promoted by the Democrat Party as a COVID relief package, which it is not. Only nine percent of the package goes for COVID relief. If the package had included $1400 for every citizen of the country, that would have cost, at most, $49 billion.

Instead we are saddled with $1.9 trillion which included hundreds of millions for museums and endowments for the performing arts, as well as millions more to pay for abortions.

Wed
24
Mar

Letter to the Editor: Standing up for everyday Americans

To the Editor:

Did you vote in the 2020 election? Were you proud of the excellent jobs our Commissioners of Elections  and poll workers did? Did you know Iowa ranks as one of the top states in election integrity and lowest voter fraud incidences in the nation?

Why, then did our Republican-dominated state government feel the need to enact voter laws that suppress our citizens’ right to vote?

There are presently 250 new bills or laws passed in 43 states that are aimed at voter suppression. Iowa is one of them. They are mostly controlled by the Republican Party. According to data from the Brennan Center for Justice, this is the greatest infringement on citizens’ right to vote since the end of Reconstruction. Seems we are back there again.

Wed
24
Mar

Letter to the Editor: Addicts are not “bad” people

To the Editor:

Addiction is a disease that can be hard for the addicted person to explain to their family and friends. Some aspects of addiction are isolation, depression and denial that the dependency exists in the first place.

Addictions and substance abuse disorders still carry too much stigma. There are well-known facts about addiction that scientists agree on. For example, addiction is a disease of the brain. Here are three myths about addiction and recovery that are still very well established in society today:

Wed
17
Mar

Word for Word 3/17/21

Pr. Matthew Majewski
Pr. Matthew Majewski

It’s okay to be afraid

In years gone by, we used to hear how bad fear was for us. There were books and motivational speakers telling us how to overcome our fears to live full and successful lives. Then came COVID-19, and the advice has changed. Suddenly it seems that living in fear is the only way to ensure that we will live at all.  

What should we make of the fickle winds of man’s changing opinions? The best thing to do is compare them to the unchanging Word of God – and in the Bible we find good news, better news, and the best news of all.

The good news is that the Bible says living in fear is okay. Consider what Jesus said. “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28)

Wed
17
Mar

Letter to the Editor: For working-class Americans

To the Editor:

Republicans claim to be the party of working-class Americans, but not a single one voted for the American Rescue Plan. This plan provides significant funding for vaccine distribution, a key to economic recovery, and is expected to reduce the number of Americans living in poverty by a third, according to the Columbia University Center on Poverty and Social Policy February 2021.

The Democratic Party is, in fact, the party for working-class Americans. They just proved that by passing the American Rescue Plan.

Sincerely,
Ann L. Hart
Waukon

 

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