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Wed
18
Oct

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Kristy Turner

To the Editor:

Postville Childcare partnered with Iowa Women’s Foundation in October of 2022 and because of the childcare champions, Norplex, St. Paul Lutheran Church, the Postville School District, Hall Roberts and Agri Star, that have stepped up this year and invested in early childcare, Allamakee County was selected for the dollar for dollar HHS funding match.

I challenge the businesses and community members in Allamakee County to be a childcare champion and pledge to the wage enhancement fund. All that is required for the HHS match is your pledge by the preferred submission date of October 20. Contact will be made to arrange payment options later. We will continue building the fund, but contributions will not be eligible for a match after the HHS deadline of October 30.

Other communities in Iowa have found great success and raised around $700,000 for their Wage Enhancement Fund. When people believe in this option, it is successful.

Wed
18
Oct

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Patsy Larkin

To the Editor:

Just want to second the letter by Dodie Keatley in the October 11 edition of The Standard, referencing a previous letter in the September 27 edition. We must compliment our police officers and Highway Patrol for just doing their jobs. We need those people, and they need our support.

However, on the national scale we have groups in the USA who we do not know, that are doing much the same as we are now seeing in Palestine, Israel and Gaza. One man in the whole of USA is holding up the placement of our military officers. The group of women who alone can go from town to town into libraries, to have their choice of books banned. The Proud Boys, Oath Keepers on the warpath to destroy a democracy of people who elected our president.

Wed
18
Oct

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Ann Fields

To the Editor:

I am a product of public education, having graduated from Crestwood High School. I also am a substitute teacher for Eastern Allamakee Community School District. I do this because I believe in the value of public education and local control. The local school board oversees the public funding, sets district policy, and its decisions impact local students, families and the community.

Today, Governor Reynolds and anti-public education legislators are taking away local control and encouraging extremist groups, like Moms for Liberty, to attack our schools, ban books, and stop students from learning the truth about American history, both its strengths and weakness, including native-American genocide, slavery and the Holocaust.

Wed
11
Oct

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Kristy Turner

To the Editor:

I believe in this community. I know this community wants to support valuable resources like education for our children.

We have an amazing opportunity right now. HHS will match contributions until October 20 and money will benefit all early childcare providers in our community. I have heard people say, “I wish I could win the lottery and give all the money to early childcare.”

And, honestly, it doesn’t take a million dollars from one person to reach our goal. We could reach our goal if everyone in our community donated twenty to fifty dollars. Many hands make light work. Pledge forms are available at the Postville Childcare Center, on our Facebook page, and upon request by emailing postvillechildcare@gmail.com.

Kristy Turner, Director
Postville Childcare Services, Inc.

Wed
11
Oct

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Patsy Larkin

To the Editor:

A 90-year-old Senator from Iowa (the one who graces this paper weekly with two or three columns) said that we do not care if it is true or not, we just want to keep the investigation going. His tutoree (the one who “grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm”) is totally silent.

A candidate threatens a decorated military officer with “execution” and not one Fox news representative asking the questions for the so-called “candidates”’ televised debate addressed this, nor did any of the so-called candidates bring up the statement. It was ignored. Why?

Friends and family that claimed for years we can discuss anything, yet when they repost a political photo offensive to me, and I ask for an explanation of why, or how it fits into your religion, they say they are offended, and deleting years of friendship.

Wed
11
Oct

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Katie Dodge Hanson

To the Editor:

No matter the background kids come from, they deserve a well-rounded education where facts matter. Iowans know that when kids learn about history, they learn about community and themselves. Parents and teachers provide that in our public schools.

But extremist politicians and out-of-state interest groups are attacking our schools and our libraries.  These attacks on our books are a coordinated effort by dark money groups who donate to politicians so politicians enact their agenda into law. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Rep. Osmundson, Mike Klimesh and fellow MAGA Republicans voted to ban books containing content they disagreed with.

Banned Books Week  has been shining a light on censorship since it was founded in 1982, and the fight for free expression is as urgent as ever. The American Library Association reported the highest number of attempted book bans in the last 20 years. Despite this trend, 70% of parents in the

Wed
11
Oct

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Dodie Keatley

To the Editor:

I feel I must reply and applaud the letter from Steve Paul in the September 27, 2023 newspaper issue in reference to the letter by Ozzie Quandahl in this newspaper’s September 13, 2023 issue. Steve took the exact words right out of my mouth, stepped up faster than I did, and could not have said it any better.

Dodie Keatley
Lansing

 

Wed
04
Oct

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Wendy Schutte

To the Editor:

Iowans are compassionate people and care about one another. We believe no Iowan should go hungry, especially our children. Sadly, child poverty has more than doubled in the last two years and 122,000 children in Iowa are hungry.

One cause contributing to an increase in child poverty is a refusal by MAGA Republicans, including Representative Ashley Hinson, to extend the Expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC). The Expanded CTC, passed by the Democrats and signed into law by President Biden as part of the American Rescue Plan, put money into the pockets of hard-working families each month to pay for food and necessities.  Because of the Expanded Child Tax Credit, child poverty was cut in half.

Now MAGA extremists in Congress are poised to shut down the government.  Food assistance for 58,126 Iowa women, children, and infants who rely on the special nutritional program WIC (Women Infants and Children)  will be one of the first cuts.

Wed
27
Sep

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Steve Paul

To the Editor:

Iowans want to live in communities which are safe and secure and where public safety is valued. Police officers help to make our communities a safe place to live and work.

Every day, police officers put themselves on the line to protect us. They deserve our respect and support, even if we do not like being stopped for a traffic violation. “Personal responsibility” means that each of us is responsible for our actions. If we violate the law, we need to pay the consequence.

The police are not to blame for doing their job when they stop Mr. Quandahl for speeding (refer to letter to the editor by Ozzie Quandahl in the September 13, 2023 edition of this newspaper) or stop anyone else for violating the law.

The bottom line is that no one is above the law, not Ozzie Quandahl, not Donald Trump, not MAGA Extremist Insurrectionists who stormed the capitol to overturn an election, or Hunter Biden. All must be held accountable.

Wed
27
Sep

Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Mark Jacobson

To the Editor:

Our society has come a long way in understanding the importance of taking care of mental health. Although there have been many improvements in how mental health is addressed, there still is a stigma involved, especially when it comes to suicide. One common misconception that leads to the further stigma around mental health is that “suicide is a selfish choice.”

Is suicide selfish? To be frank, no, suicide is not a selfish act. People who contemplate suicide are often in such a state of emotional distress and pain that they don’t feel they have many choices to help end their suffering. There are many complex factors that could contribute to someone attempting suicide, but the bottom line is that people do not commit suicide out of selfishness.

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