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Wed
18
May

Letter to the Editor: Expand the Supreme Court

To the Editor:

This is a scary moment. According to a leaked draft opinion, the Supreme Court is preparing to dismantle abortion rights across America. As a result, twenty-six states could outlaw abortion, including 13 that have passed “trigger” laws to take effect immediately after the Court overturns Roe v. Wade.

This news should set off alarm bells for all Americans. Our fundamental freedoms are coming under attack by a hyper-partisan supermajority on the Court. And this could just be the beginning. But there’s a way to fight back, which is why I’m urging Congress to pass the Judiciary Act of 2021.

Wed
04
May

Letter to the Editor: The realities of addiction

To the Editor:

Our country is facing an overwhelming growth in drug and alcohol addiction. While statistics show that more than 23 million people in the U.S are living with addiction, less than 10% of people with addiction seek and receive help with the condition. This means that over 20 million people who need treatment for addiction aren’t getting it.

The important thing to remember is when people are in active addiction, their addiction will create any possible means to  avoid getting help. Their disease justifies, rationalizes and creates false scenarios to escape the reality. The addicted mind will do anything to distract from the issues at hand. In reality, they are either in denial, experiencing shame, or they are afraid.

Denial is the biggest factor that allows addiction to thrive. Addiction creates a smoke screen that can make a person oblivious to the source of their problems.

Wed
13
Apr

Letter to the Editor: Unaffordable healthcare

To the Editor:

Diabetes affects about 37 million Americans, and an estimated seven million use insulin to control their blood sugar. However, a recent study found that over 25% of diabetic patients have had to skip this necessary medication due to the unduly high costs the pharmaceutical companies have charged - in some cases as much as $1,000 a month.

Led by its current majority party, the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would cap the monthly cost of insulin at $35 for insured patients. Guess who voted against the measure - all three Representatives from the state of Iowa not of that majority party. Which party truly cares about the healthcare of everyday Iowans?

Thomas Hill
Lansing

 

Wed
06
Apr

Word for Word 4/6/22

Pastor Matthew Majewski
Pastor Matthew Majewski

God Doesn’t Remodel – He Rebuilds

I love building and fixing things. It’s fun to see the improvement at the end of a home or yard project.  Perhaps you enjoy those home improvement TV shows highlighting “extreme makeovers.”  It is amazing to see what some imagination, ingenuity, and hard work can accomplish!  But sometimes the old is just too worn out to fix, and the best idea is to tear down the old and start over.  With my skill level, that’s where I call a professional!

As I was thinking about this, I remembered God’s promise to Israel in Ezekiel 36:26: “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”  It struck me that God doesn’t do remodels.  He always starts with a clean slate.

Wed
06
Apr

Letter to the Editor: Appreciation for the appreciation shown

To the Editor:

We can’t begin to express how grateful we are to live in such a wonderful community.

In March we had a fire fighting appreciation shower for the rescue men and women who help to keep our community safe. So many people responded with a large outpouring of cookies, thank you notes and donations. We know the firemen and women and rescue workers really appreciated it and felt the love from all of you!

Our family distributed the cookies to the departments and came home with lots of knowledge about fire trucks and stations, police cars, and also many official golden police and sheriff stickers (that we are finding stuck to the strangest things :).

We have two more drop-off dates for the Lansing and Waterville fire departments as well - April 7 and April 12 - and we are grateful for the cookies that will be baked across the county for them as well.

In gratitude,
Val and Josh Miller
Waukon

Wed
30
Mar

Letter to the Editor: Some questions for you

To the Editor:

Here we go again, and I find it very hard work for me to write because of being 95. Age does something to you.

I have a few questions for you: Do you like what Putin has done to Ukraine? Yes or no? Is he a war criminal? Yes or no?

Do you like what Biden has done to our country with high-priced gas, much higher food prices, our open borders, our disastrous departure from Afghanistan, all paid by our dedicated, hard-working taxpayers? This list could go on and on. Biden’s been in Washington, DC for 47 years. Can you name one piece of legislation accomplished by him?

We are now in a severe downhill slide, and we could see $5 gas by the end of the year, food prices much higher, plus shortages, interest rates could go up, home heating bills up over $1,000 for winter. Older people with fixed incomes will suffer, and young working people that make our economy do well will be paying the bill.

Wed
23
Mar

Word for Word 3/23/22

Pastor Laura Gentry
Pastor Laura Gentry

Feeling lonely?

You’re not alone. In our country, more than a quarter of adults over age 60 live alone, according to a Pew Research Survey. Of them, 43 percent reported feeling lonely even before the COVID-19 pandemic, a situation which has worsened in the past two years.

Young people are lonely, too. In fact, new Harvard research suggests feelings of social isolation are on the rise and that those hardest hit are older teens and young adults.

Whatever your age, loneliness has significant health consequences. One study found that loneliness and social isolation can be as damaging to your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and contributes to early mortality because it puts you at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, obesity, dementia, and depression.

Wed
23
Mar

Letter to the Editor: Veteran Organization and other community groups need people to step up

To the Editor:

Our Veteran organization has many helpful programs for youth, community and our veterans. Our Veteran organization also lobbies for our veteran benefits to get and to keep the benefits that we have.

They also hire Veteran Service Officers that work in some of our medical centers and also in our Veterans Affairs (VA) regional offices that are advocates for our veterans and dependents and fight for their disability claims or survivor benefits as well as help with the appeal process, or act like your attorney in a VA appeal. These service officers are a very important part of getting claims granted.

Without our service organization, we would not be able to have many of the benefits that we do have. We need members to maintain those organizations as well as active members who can help continue to keep these organizations going.

Wed
23
Mar

Letter to the Editor: No park ranger at Yellow River State Forest

To the Editor:

Yellow River State Forest is our own wonderful, driftless corner of Iowa. A valuable economic resource, with spectacular vistas, great hiking, backpacking and equestrian trails, camping, fishing, birding, mountain biking - whatever you do to escape life and enjoy nature. We have a gem here in Allamakee County that draws visitors from all over the country. They bring much-needed business to our communities.

With all these people and activities, there’s bound to be accidents, mishaps, maybe some not so legal activities. Then there are the spring/summer rainstorms which can cause flash flooding, putting campers along the river in grave danger. Unfortunately, there is no ranger at the forest to attend to these issues.

Wed
23
Mar

Letter to the Editor: Mental health system in crisis

To the Editor:

The mental health system in the United States is currently in a state of crisis. Consider the following:

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