opinion

A historical perspective

Friday, October 1, 2021 6:16 pm

Dear Editor, I thank Superintendent Mark Lane and the school board for their service. No one is happy about wearing masks and getting another vaccine.  I will address two historic perspectives.  The first is from my professional experience, as I …

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The Jabs and Jab-Nots: it’s time for reason and listening

Friday, October 1, 2021 6:14 pm

Dear Editor, Thanks for your attention. This is important stuff! Those of you reading this recognize the two newest divisions in America. The Vaccinated and The Unvaccinated. Tragically, this now separates low risk COVID-19 victims from those with much higher …

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A note to readers about the Public Opinion’s letters policy

Thursday, August 19, 2021 8:57 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 107 E. Water St., or mailed to Driftless Multimedia P.O. …

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Thoughts from former Presidents

Tuesday, August 3, 2021 1:49 pm

Dear Editor: Most people want to put 2020 in the rearview mirror. I know I do. We need to be positive going forward into 2021. However, sometimes it is okay to look back and reflect on past events.  Franklin Delano …

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Butterfly Garden in bloom

Thursday, July 15, 2021 3:03 pm

As of July 1, Decorah’s Butterfly Garden will have over 17 prairie plant species blooming in all colors imaginable. They include yellows: black-eyed susans, prairie coreopsis, oxeye sunflower; whites: fleabane daisy, wild white indigo, virginia mountain mint, culver’s root, a …

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Hometown Taxi: great choice for fest honor

Thursday, July 15, 2021 2:58 pm

Kudos to the Nordic Fest Committee for selecting the Hometown Taxi of Decorah for their Nordic Fest Parade Grand Marshals!!  They have served the people of Decorah with genuine affection and integrity.   My mother, Sylvia Sand, was one of …

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Iowa is failing history

Thursday, July 15, 2021 2:36 pm

Once, Iowa’s education ranked best in the nation. In a recent report evaluating K-12 civics and U.S. history standards from the non-partisan Fordham Institute, Iowa ranked in the bottom third of states, with a D grade for civics and an …

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Are graduation ceremonies changing?

Thursday, July 15, 2021 2:35 pm

I was honored to attend the Decorah High School graduation of my grandson this spring. I was very impressed that the various branches of the military were honored by musical presentations by the orchestra. Having participated in over 40 graduation …

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Club 45 welcomes discussion

Thursday, July 15, 2021 2:35 pm

In Don Fish’s recent letter, he states “we need to understand true history” but then spends his time spreading the same old falsehoods being used to try and rewrite the exceptionalism that is America.  First, contrary to his opinion, America’s …

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Utah State Republicans set an example

Thursday, July 15, 2021 2:32 pm

On June 4 of this year, a remarkable – and long overdue – thing happened in Utah. Twenty-three current and former state legislators (plus two Gubernatorial candidates) publicly endorsed a national price on carbon pollution. These were all Republicans! Writing …

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A note about freedom

Friday, July 2, 2021 2:43 pm

Dear Editor: History is full of struggles for freedom in an increasingly crowded world. It was hardly unique that the U.S. declared our independence from oppressive control to seek freedom. The Constitution echoed many older oppressed groups in declaring freedom …

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Thank you, Nordic Fest Board

Friday, July 2, 2021 2:43 pm

Dear Editor, Small-town festivals require frequent changes to remain relevant and enjoyable to locals and visitors alike.  For this reason, I would like to publicly commend the current Nordic Fest Board’s efforts to infuse Decorah’s 2021 celebration with vibrant creativity. …

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World Elder Abuse Day raises awareness June 15

Friday, June 18, 2021 9:09 pm

Dear Editor:  Tuesday, June 15 signified World Elder Abuse Day. Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging joined communities worldwide to promote awareness and highlight solutions to this systemic social challenge. As Americans, we believe in justice for all, but we …

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What are they hiding?

Friday, June 18, 2021 9:08 pm

Dear Editor: On May 28, Senators Grassley and Ernst, along with other Senate Republicans, blocked the Senate from bringing up the bill to form a Jan. 6 Commission. Why don’t the Republicans want to expose the facts concerning the insurrection …

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Promoting the exceptionalism of America

Friday, June 18, 2021 9:08 pm

Dear Editor,  The Principles upon which America was founded – Liberty, Justice, and Equality – are ideals we are always trying to work towards, and over the last 245 years Americans have done a better job at it than any …

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