opinion

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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A reminder to readers about the Public Opinion’s letter policy 

Thursday, August 10, 2023 11:32 am

The Public Opinion welcomes written opinions about local issues of interest.  Letters to the Editor may be sent via email to the Editor at kate.klimesh@driftlessjournal.com, or copies dropped off to 110 Washington Street, Suite 4, or mailed to Driftless Multimedia …

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More important concerns to address?

Thursday, August 10, 2023 11:30 am

I am very disappointed that it took some Veterans just two months to use the new Winneshiek County Veterans Memorial in the made-up culture wars that some people seem to be obsessed with nowadays. I’m pretty sure they can’t speak …

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Why the accusation?

Thursday, August 10, 2023 11:30 am

Like Julie Fischer, I too was appalled to see Editor Kate Klimesh judge County Supervisor Shirley Vermace for her choice to not visibly mouth the words when the Pledge of Allegiance is recited before weekly meetings (July 27, 2023).  As …

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Veterans remind all to respect our country

Wednesday, August 9, 2023 4:06 pm

Dear Editor: The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America is one of the first things young children learn during their first year when they start school. We are saddened to see that two individuals …

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Let’s not diminish honest efforts

Wednesday, August 9, 2023 4:06 pm

Dear Editor, I object to your editorial, impugning the patriotism of those who do not recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Is it not your proper mission as journalist at the supervisor meetings to report objectively on discussions and decisions of …

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My country ‘tis of thee

Friday, August 4, 2023 12:50 pm

Living for over 30 years in this county, I’ve been very grateful that so many issues, concerns and problems happening in the bigger cities didn’t really affect me here at home. I’ve felt very lucky and grateful. Here people wave …

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Beneficial information appreciated

Wednesday, July 12, 2023 3:46 pm

I thought your story on the SILT farm, now managed by the Zierke couple, was especially informative and well written. It is such a positive movement in the Driftless, landowners finding mutually beneficial ways to transition their farmland to young …

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Residents deserve better

Thursday, July 6, 2023 9:37 am

The Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors has been on a wild ride since Feb. 6, when the controlling faction (Dan Langreck, Mark Vick and Steve Kelsay) suddenly – and apparently unlawfully – voted to eliminate the county’s well-regarded Iowa Roadside …

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15

Thursday, June 15, 2023 4:22 pm

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging is proud to join communities in the USA and all over the world to help raise awareness of this social challenge.  As Americans, we believe in …

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