opinion

‘Respect Veterans: Invest in peace’

Wednesday, May 29, 2024 1:39 pm

Dear Editor, Memorial Day is a time to think about how to respect humans who have risked or lost their lives in war or preparation for war. Veterans and their friends and family are often lost in their return to …

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‘… needs of the people should be served by the supervisors’

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 10:56 am

Dear Editor: The Freeport Controversey has created such unhappiness and threads of hatred. Something needs to happen to bring the people together. One idea would be to allow the residents of Freeport or a community group the opportunity to do …

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Hoping Langreck honors public commitment

Tuesday, April 9, 2024 9:19 am

Dear Editor: Thanks to the Public Opinion for its thorough reporting on the Freeport land sale controversy. With the recent 3-2 vote to reject bids for the land, the many Freeport residents opposed to the sale doubtless feel they’ve gotten …

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Winneshiek County Supervisors to take bids for development of flood buffer land

Monday, March 18, 2024 11:38 am

Dear Editor: A small parcel of land that has served as a buffer of flood protection for local residents is slated to be sold to the highest bidder on March 18, against widespread opposition from county voters.  The 7+ acre …

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Pending electric rate shocks: Make your voice heard

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 3:05 pm

Luther College is facing a 48.2 percent increase in its Alliant Energy bill if the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) approves the company’s proposed electric rate increase. “You can imagine my dismay when our Director of Facilities Services informed me that …

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‘… defeat them at the ballot box’

Friday, March 1, 2024 4:07 pm

Dear Editor: The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled that frozen embryos created through in vitro fertilization (IVF) are considered children under state law and subject to the wrongful death of a minor law, if one is destroyed. Ridiculous you say? …

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Excellent local government reporting

Friday, February 23, 2024 12:43 pm

Dear Editor, I wish to express my appreciation for your coverage of local government, from city council to community boards and other groups. I am a newcomer to Winneshiek County. As such I need some context and background to fully …

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‘Our children’s future depends on’ your vote

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 2:26 pm

Dear Editor: Iowans share a history of valuing our children’s education. We believe every child has a right to a public education regardless of race, religion, or ZIP code and all children deserve a quality public school education. Unfortunately, Gov. …

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Shoebox gift collection in Decorah a success

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 2:02 pm

Dear Editor, Generosity throughout Decorah contributed to a successful shoebox gift collection season at drop-off locations for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child. Across the U.S., the project collected 10 million shoebox gifts in 2023. Combined with those collected …

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Public Libraries Need Your Voices

Thursday, February 15, 2024 4:23 pm

Dear Editor: Iowa has the highest number of libraries per capita of any state in the nation, but unfortunately our libraries are under attack in the state legislature. People who support public libraries should oppose attempts this week to take …

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Consider supporting for Nikki Haley Jan. 15

Tuesday, January 9, 2024 4:36 pm

My family is like yours. We work hard, do our best, pay our taxes and raise our kids to be responsible adults.  We are very close with our grandchildren.  We want our country to be a safe and honorable place …

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Freeport, we have a problem

Thursday, December 28, 2023 3:56 pm

Upon reviewing Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors’ “Resolution for Public Hearing on Proposed Sale of Real Property located in Winneshiek County” as it pertains to plans to sell critical watershed land in Freeport, I am astonished it states: “The real …

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Get big money out of politics for the benefit of all

Thursday, December 28, 2023 3:00 pm

What I hear from the Progressives and the left these days is, “We have to defend Democracy,” and, “What is it that motivates some people to vote against their best interests, or not vote at all.” We don’t have a …

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Recycle responsibly this holiday season

Thursday, December 21, 2023 8:31 am

Our parents taught us to do the right thing and later it was also our teachers and coaches who taught us to do the right thing. On the subject of recycling, I am asking all of you to do the …

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Rebutting the Decorah School Board discussion

Friday, December 15, 2023 2:35 pm

Dear Editor: I’m writing as a follow up to the DCSD board meeting Monday, Dec. 11, 2023. A review of the Mabel-Canton Student Enrollment Agreement was on the agenda for discussion, points made by members during their “review” were not …

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