opinion

DEA School Board candidate recommendation

Friday, October 27, 2023 2:02 pm

Dear Editor: There are three open positions on the Decorah school board. The Decorah Education Association (DEA) requested candidate statements regarding important issues for students and teachers in the Decorah school system and conducted follow-up interviews with those candidates seeking …

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Office holders determine the character of the community

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 12:50 pm

When deciding who to vote for, especially in local elections which directly affect the character of our community, I suggest the following: Support those who actually believe in the public purpose of the entities they seek authority over, and whose …

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Recognizing the beautiful City Butterfly Garden and its volunteers

Monday, October 23, 2023 11:28 am

Dear Editor, As the season changes, work at the City Butterfly Garden is wrapping up. A cohort of volunteers spent many hours weeding, mulching, transplanting, watering and collecting seed from May through mid-October. Several public programs were offered, including an …

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Good leadership for NICC is extremely important

Thursday, October 19, 2023 10:11 am

Letter to the Editor: I am writing in support of Jim Anderson’s re-election to the Northeast Iowa Community College Board of Trustees. Jim has an excellent background that justifies his re-election. He is an attorney and was my colleague at …

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Enthusiastic support for Jim Anderson

Thursday, October 19, 2023 9:32 am

To the Editor: I am writing to express my enthusiastic support for Jim Anderson of Decorah in the November 7, 2023, city/school board/community college trustee election. Jim has served Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) with distinction as the representative of …

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Supporting Carole Sand

Thursday, October 19, 2023 9:31 am

I’m writing in support of Carole Sand, candidate for Decorah School Board. I know Carole both personally and professionally, and I’m confident she would be an excellent choice for this position. Carole has worked as an educator for more than …

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Survivors of domestic violence deserve to feel safe at home

Thursday, October 19, 2023 9:30 am

Every October marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Since last October, 10 Iowans have died due to this horrific crime. In 1989, Congress declared the month of October to be Domestic Awareness Month. For the last 34 years Domestic Violence Month …

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Write-in candidate responds

Tuesday, October 17, 2023 3:43 pm

Serving others has always been something that I have been committed to. If elected, I will continue that commitment and be able to do that on a greater level for individuals who call Decorah home. A few of my priorities …

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Save the taxpayers, move the school?

Friday, October 13, 2023 3:40 pm

In light of the upcoming city council’s public hearing regarding the possible sale of city land to the Decorah Community School Board, additional options should have been entertained to also avoid support of the fiduciary responsibilities of council and board …

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Heavy hearts uplifted by community compassion

Thursday, October 5, 2023 9:31 am

The Decorah UCC Church was vandalized on Sept. 17, 2023, during the community Pride Festival, which aims to amplify the visibility of the LGBTQIA+ community, celebrate diversity, and promote creativity. The historic church’s brick, siding, signage, doors and shingles were …

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Love your neighbors

Thursday, October 5, 2023 9:31 am

As a local pastor in town with significant biblical differences concerning marriage, sexuality and gender than the LGBQT community, I do boldly condemn the vandalism and messaging that went along with it. God is indeed loving, but he is also …

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Guidelines for submitting election letters and beyond

Friday, August 25, 2023 4:14 pm

Looking ahead to the upcoming election season, I wanted to share guidelines for letters to the editor. As of September, we will post political letters to the editor online under the “Opinion” tab of our website at www.driftlessjournal.com, simply due …

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Sidewalks a necessity

Friday, August 18, 2023 2:34 pm

Sidewalks are important! The code of the Decorah City has the authority to require property owners to repair or replace their sidewalks. Virtually all those listed in the Public Opinion last week were older neighborhoods. What a paradox! New affluent …

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Thoughts from a Veteran

Friday, August 18, 2023 2:34 pm

Recently my daughter took me in my wheelchair to the Veterans Memorial in Decorah. What a venue, the people who organized this should be given a medal.  As a Vietnam Veteran myself, I think of my tour, which was unpleasant, …

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Sweet land of liberty

Thursday, August 17, 2023 9:28 am

(Editor’s Note: Letters should not exceed 300 words and may be edited for clarity, length, style, and space limitations. Letters will be chosen for publication at the sole discretion of the editor, and according to space considerations. No advertisements, personal thank-yous, …

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