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Opinion

Letter to the Editor: In defense of Diversity

Dear Editor:I am writing in response to the recent backlash that letters written to our library board from concerned citizens, Brooke Kruckenberg and Deb Hesson, have received.As a racial minority raising a multi-racial family in a community where racial minorities make up less than 5% of the population, I know firsthand the desire for diversity, inclusion, and representation.

Letter to the Editor: Correction to DOD report to Congress

Dear Editor:Reference :   Opinion : Letter to the Editor: DOD IG report to Congresshttps://www.nbcnews.com/news/military/u-s-military-leaves-bagram-airfield-hands-it-afghans-after-n1272958 https://www.axios.com/2021/08/15/taliban-bagram-prisoners-releaseTo those who do not follow all the threads to opinion pieces.  I offer the following.  Please read this article.
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Letter to the Editor: Displays, Transparency and Library considers Litigation 2

To the editor: I am writing in response to the May 17, 2022 article titled Displays, Transparency and Library considers Litigation for Future Remarks. I have serious concerns with the inaccuracies portrayed about the library operations, library staff, and board, but also about the library collection itself. Having a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies, extensive experience as a public librarian for over 22 years, and now as a law librarian for the last three years, I feel compelled to step in and clear up some misconceptions that have been circulating about our public library and to offer my own insight into a conversation that seems to spin more and more out of control.

Republican Candidates share their perspectives on issues for Senate District 42

In small-town politics, and with its first in the nation status for caucuses, Iowans are probably more likely to get involved in their politics. As I sat in on the Republican candidate forum on Saturday morning for the Senate District 42 candidates, I found myself passing out grades as each speaker answered questions and I was left with a few conclusions.

Letter to the Editor: Persecution of library director and staff

Dear Editor,As someone who grew up in Iowa, I am appalled at the persecution that you and a group of “Christian” community members have launched against the director and staff of the Vinton Public Library. This is not the Christianity that I was taught!I have read and reread your blog, Ms. Kruckenberg and Ms. Hesson’s comments/requests and Ms.
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Letter to the Editor: DOD IG report to Congress

Dear Editor, On May 18th this AM Representative Mike Gallager (R) Wisconsin speaking on Fox News reported testimony from the Department of Defense Inspector General to the Foreign Services Committee that:1.        5,000 prisoners located at Bagram Air Base were released in the summer of 2020 and later more were released that fall.  Note Joe Biden was President; this release happened on his “Watch”.

Letter to the Editor: In support of Colman Silbernagel

Dear Editor, This spring, Benton County and rural Linn County Republicans face a situation again that we faced just two years ago: a contested senate primary. Due to redistricting, Benton County and some areas of Linn County now fall within newly drawn Senate District 42, leaving us with a new open seat. In the words of Michael Scott, ‘the dictionary defines superlative as of the highest kind, quality, or order; surpassing all else or others; supreme’.

Letter to the Editor: Abortion Law

Dear Editor:Here are some of the facts about this pro-abortion bill that failed in the United States Senate:This bill would have legalized abortion up to the moment of birth.It does not protect religious institutions, like Catholic hospitals, from having to perform abortions.This bill goes FAR beyond Roe v. Wade.It would take away states' rights to legislate on abortion.
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Reading my mind: Neighbors

Saturday morning I woke up to see that some idiot, and I say that kindly, set fire to Riverside Park and did thousands of dollars of other damage in the area. As I drove to the park with my granddaughter, we walked around the structure as I took pictures. "Who is the bad people that burned my green park up so I can't play?" As the day wore on she had more questions.

Letter to the Editor: Dr. Bernard Nathanson

Dear Editor, Have you ever heard of a man named Dr. Bernard Nathanson? Here are some things that you might want to know about him:*He was a professionally well-recognized and successful New York obstetrician and gynecologist. * He was the cofounder of NARAL who trained Planned Parenthood’s doctors how to perform abortions in the early 1970’s.
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