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06
Dec

Word for Word 12/6/23

Pastor Laura Gentry
Pastor Laura Gentry

Have a holly jolly Christmas! Um. No.

There’s lots of holiday cheer right now but if you’re grieving, you can’t join in the merriment. In fact, this season - with so much focus on joy and togetherness - can actually make you feel worse.

I’ve experienced a lot of grief myself. I remember Christmas the year my mom died. I refused to put up a tree, decorate, go to parties or send out cards. I just couldn’t stand how Mom’s absence upended all our family traditions. How could it even be Christmas without her? It’s gradually gotten easier over the years but this time of year still tugs at my heart and sometimes overwhelms me.

If you’re feeling this way, please know that you’re not alone. So many of us struggle as the holiday season approaches. It often feels impossible to carry the weight of our losses, especially in the face of overwhelming cultural pressure to enjoy the holidays.

Wed
06
Dec

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Kathy Hay

To the Editor:

The Democrats in the House all supported the Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the U.S. government open while some of Johnson’s, Speaker of the House, Republican party opposed it. This stop-gap measure includes funding for the military, Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, Food Stamps, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infant, and Children (WIC). Democrats put people over party.

However, the Continuing Resolution does not include additional funding for WIC, which is seeing increased enrollment as food prices rise. Food Stamp enrollment (SNAP) has been curtailed following the end of the Public Health Emergency (PHE) and further reduced due to the Iowa bill that adds wealth limits, work requirements, and additional paperwork for participants.

Wed
06
Dec

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Jim Allison

To the Editor:

I would like to respond to some of the Pat Ward letters to the editor.

I would like to hear of one thing that is better under Biden’s Democratic presidency. From the Afghanistan debacle to the open southern border, millions of illegals, thousands of drug deaths, high interest rates, higher prices for everything, including gas, groceries and other goods, I just can’t see the positive side of these. At least the people in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco are enjoying all the crime, homelessness, filth, and high taxes in their Democratic run cities.

In all the pictures I have seen of the “big insurrection” at the capitol, I didn’t see a single one with Trump leading the protesters. I heard that Trump told the people to protest “peacefully”. Even the way it turned out, it was a lot more peaceful than the riots of the George Floyd era, which the Democrats called “peaceful”.

Wed
06
Dec

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Lowell Engle

To the Editor:

In his letter to the editor in the November 29 issue of The Standard, it appears that Pat Ward cannot get over the fact that the Trump presidency made the United States better off than any time in the past 20 years. He is obsessed with trying to deride everything good that was done during the Trump presidency and attempts to discredit Mr. Trump’s effort at re-election. He is unrealistic thinking that what I have previously reported in my letters is fabricated.

Wed
29
Nov

Word for Word 11/29/23

Fr. John Moser
Fr. John Moser

A blessed, fruitful and happy Advent to everyone! Next Sunday we begin the season of Advent. The word advent comes from the Latin “Adventus” meaning “coming”. It is to be a time or season of spiritual preparation: preparing for the coming of the Messiah. Thus, we enter the weeks of advent as a time of anticipation and expectation, of hope and of joy, of light and of peace, of waiting and of promise fulfilled.

Pope John Paul II [pope from 1978-2005] said: “Advent is, so to speak, an intense training that directs us decisively toward him who already came, who will come, and who comes continuously.” Therefore, my friends and neighbors, let us prepare the way of the Lord into our hearts, our souls, and into our daily lives. The advent season invites us to discover anew God’s presence with us; we are to learn the ways to be “on the lookout” daily for the Lord.

Wed
29
Nov

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Marlene Duffy

To the Editor:

No matter our background, faith, or race most of us want the same things, to make a good living so we can provide for our families, to live in safe communities that thrive, and strong public schools where our children get a good education. Those in rural areas living on family farms want to be able to hand them down to the next generation.

We know our small businesses on Main Street create jobs in our communities. We rural Iowans know we have more in common with one another and share many of the same values than some others would like us to believe.

Wed
29
Nov

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Pat Ward

To the Editor:

I don’t want to get in a game of words. I don’t make up words, my words are factual and real. I’ve lived my words, as I can ask any MAGA or insurrection member of the former party of Lincoln which no longer exists to just name me one Democrat or independent leader of any party in our nation’s history - besides the 45th former President of these United States - that lost in a fair election and tried and failed to overthrow this democracy, and who is currently making up words of lies. As for Mr. Engle and is his words, he repeats the very same words that his fearless insurrection MAGA leader is campaigning on.

Again I’ll write what Grassley wrote and stated about our current president Joe Biden that he would knowingly put out false documents for all to see even when he knows that the documents were false and untrue. How honest is this guy as a member of this current party of insurrection or MAGA?

Wed
29
Nov

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Robin Oden

To the Editor:

Deuteronomy is a book in the Old Testament that was given to Moses shortly before he died. These were his last words of exhortation, urgently reminding and warning the children of Israel as they were about to enter the Promised Land of the Lord’s faithfulness (to His covenantal promises) and to challenge the people to remain faithful and obedient to their covenant with God.

Moses reminds God’s people that to obey God’s statutes and ways (out of love and reverential fear of Him) would bring blessing, life, health and prosperity, and that to disobey would bring the opposite - curses, death and destruction. In Deuteronomy 30:19 God expresses His desire for His people, “I have set before you life and death, blessings and cursings; therefore choose life that both you and your descendants may live.” Chapter 28 of Deuteronomy gives a detailed list of the blessings of obedience and the curses of disobedience.

Wed
22
Nov

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Karen Mathis

To the Editor:

The VFW Auxiliary Post 4117 recently requested the citizens and businesses of Waukon contribute to our Veteran Relief Fund for the sole purpose of supporting Veterans. As has been the case for many years, we received an overwhelming response.

Our mission is to improve the lives of Veterans, service members, their families and our communities. Our programs advocate for them and are designed to bring needed services and assistance.

Waukon generously supported that mission and should be applauded and supported for doing so.

Karen Mathis
Poppy Chair
VFW Auxiliary
Post 4117

Wed
22
Nov

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Ann Fields

To the Editor:

During this season of Thanksgiving and Christmas, I like to take time to count my blessings. Thanks to Biden for the abundance of vaccines, Covid is no longer a death sentence, especially for the elderly.

No matter where you live in Iowa, you reaped some benefits according to IowaAtWork.com. Biden and the Democrats delivered over $10.8 million for Allamakee County.

Harpers Ferry received $24,067 for 1st Street and Sandy Point Road stormwater drainage project.

Lansing received $139,804 for Center Street water and sanitary sewer improvements.

Postville received $300,000 for sanitary sewer improvements and replacing sewer main and sewer outlets.

Waukon received $201,189 for City Hall improvements and storm sewer repairs. Add $65,649 for airport resurfacing and lights.

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