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Wed
13
May

Letter to the Editor: Voting is important!

To the Editor:

It’s time to make our voices heard on June 2. How fortunate we are in these unpredictable, frightening, isolating times to still be able to vote safely!

All we need to do is call the Allamakee County Auditor’s Office at 563-568-3522 by May 22 and request an application for an absentee ballot. It will come by mail relatively quickly. It gives us the power to help choose candidates for U.S. Senator, Iowa State Representative and Allamakee County Supervisor, among others. It must be returned by mail or hand-delivered to the courthouse by June 1.

If you choose to vote absentee in person, or at the polls on the the actual voting day (June 2), the Auditor’s Office will give you instructions.

Wed
06
May

Word for Word 5/6/20

Rev. Ron Pederson
Rev. Ron Pederson

God’s Cure For Diseases
 
Every Fall a new flu shot is available at drug stores and clinics. It is never 100% effective but it greatly reduces your chances of getting the flu.  God has also blessed us with many vaccines through the years that are 100% effective.  There is a vaccine for polio, chicken pox, the measles, the mumps and many other diseases.

But what about Covid 19? Will there finally be a cure for that? Of course no one knows the answer to that question. I think it fair to say that most of the experts believe there will be a cure eventually. And how long will it take?  Dr Fauci said that it will likely take a year to a year and a half to develope a vaccine for Covid 19. No one knows for sure.

Wed
06
May

Letter to the Editor: Are we really all in this together?

To the Editor:

“We’re all in this together.”

Are we? Are we really all in this together? I wonder if the way we think about deer and chronic wasting disease is the same way we’ve come to think about the coronavirus?

The human animals are about to “open” up again. As early as today in some states we are going to gather together, despite professional recommendations. And, not unlike the deer, as a result of our desire to be together we put each other at serious risk.

Very little attention is being paid to the fact that our most vulnerable people will likely pay the ultimate price in a war that they cannot win. They are the statistics for Veterans Services, the Homeless, Nursing Homes, the Department of Human Services, etc. They are the numbers that aren’t added in. They are the bodies inside unmarked boxes on the battlefield. And, they are as silent in death as what they heard in life.

Wed
29
Apr

Word for Word 4/29/20

Rev. Laura Gentry
Rev. Laura Gentry

When’s the last time you had a good laugh?

In the midst of this pandemic, laughter is probably the last thing on your mind. Our world has been hit hard by the coronavirus, even here in our corner of Northeast Iowa. We probably feel more like crying or screaming than laughing.

And yet it is the Easter season - traditionally a time of great joy. Christians everywhere celebrate the good news that Christ is risen.

Now it didn’t look like good news at first. As we commemorated on Good Friday, Jesus died and was sealed into a tomb. Had the forces of evil triumphed? No, they hadn’t. For suddenly Christ arose. Like the punchline of a joke, the surprise of his resurrection makes us laugh with delight.

That’s why Christians throughout history have observed this holy time with humor.

Wed
22
Apr

Word for Word 4/22/20

Fr. Mark Osterhaus
Fr. Mark Osterhaus

As we all mark the first month since our schools have closed and many of our businesses have had to shut down, we have all had to adjust our daily routines. These adjustments pale in comparison to the suffering of those who have lost family members, those who wonder if they are infected, or to the anxiety experienced by those who have lost their jobs and income.

Wed
22
Apr

Letter to the Editor: COVID-19 shutdown

To the Editor:

As we face the COVID-19 pandemic and struggle with the country’s shutdown, we must not let ourselves become too impatient to return to normal. It might help us to revisit an earlier epidemic.

One of the world’s worst pandemics occurred in 1918 with an influenza virus. It killed anywhere from 40 or 50 million to 100 million worldwide. According to John Barry’s The Great Influenza, probably 675,000 deaths in the U.S. were due to the influenza.

The first major outbreak started in an army camp in Funston, KS in March 1918. Infected soldiers moving from camp to camp spread the disease and 30 of the largest cities near the camps also suffered outbreaks that spring.

The first wave of the influenza was not particularly lethal. Of the 1,185 men hospitalized in Camp Funston, only 38 died. But as the virus adapted to humans, the second wave became more dangerous in the late summer and fall.

Wed
22
Apr

Letter to the Editor: April 22, 2020 is Earth Day

To the Editor:

For 50 years Earth Day has been designated to celebrate our incredible planet. It’s a day to think about what our species has been doing to degrade our environment. But more importantly it’s a day to constructively help our natural world.

If we can instill in our children an appreciation for nature, maybe they will do more than we have to care for this planet. Simple acts like picking up litter, then recycling or trashing it, planting a vegetable garden, planting native species of trees, flowers, and grasses, or simply getting outdoors to enjoy the wonders of nature.

We need to use less gasoline-powered machines and use our muscles more; running, walking, bicycling and scootering. We need to turn off electrical devices we’re not using and conserve water (hand- and dish-washing water is fine for watering plants.) We can all find ways to reduce consumption and recycle, reuse and conserve all we can.

Wed
22
Apr

Letter to the Editor: Protecting your mental health during COVID-19

To the Editor:

Human beings like certainty. We are hard-wired to want to know what is happening when and to notice things that feel threatening to us. When things feel uncertain or when we don’t generally feel safe, it’s normal to feel stressed. This very action, while there to protect us, can cause all sorts of havoc when there is a sense of uncertainty and conflicting information around us.

A large part of anxiety comes from a sense of what we think we should be able to control, but can’t. Right now, many of us are worried about COVID-19, known as the “coronavirus.” We may feel helpless about what will happen or what we can do to prevent further stress. This uncertainty might also connect to our uncertainty about other aspects of our lives, or remind us of past times when we didn’t feel safe and the immediate future was uncertain.

Wed
15
Apr

Letter to the Editor: A letter from the EACSD Superintendent

To the Editor:

Dear Kee Hawk Community,

I am impressed with the Kee Hawk Community in Lansing and New Albin and surrounding rural areas as we battle the COVID-19 crisis. It is heartwarming to see the individuals and organizations that have helped out with this situation, and I am grateful to see and experience this outpouring.

Eastern Allamakee Community Schools will continue to communicate with our families. We will provide extensive voluntary educational enrichment opportunities that are available to students during the duration of the closure, and we strongly encourage all students to take advantage of these.

We know that many of our parents are critical care providers and essential workers; and many of these same parents have young children to care for. We want to provide high-quality resources, should parents choose to have their student engage in learning opportunities and enrichment.

Wed
15
Apr

Letter to the Editor: Did Easter pass me by?

To the Editor:

This year Easter seemed to have come and gone, and due to the cataclysmic COVID-19 virus, no one seems to have noticed.

We could say, that at least on the surface, Easter this year was a flop. Did the Easter bunny even come? Where were the Easter lilies that I was so used to seeing every year at Hartig Drug?

And church on Easter - how can you have Easter without a great church service? The church service can be live-streamed on the computer, but that just does not match the real thing.

In spite of all this, Easter has indeed happened this year, and we can all celebrate.

Even though I could not join in singing one of my favorite Easter songs with others in my church - “I serve a risen Savior, He’s in the world today.” - I can still live out the truth of that great song.

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