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Vouchers don’t encourage excellence

To the editor: Iowa’s excellent public education system drew my wife and me back home in 1991. We’ve seen the communities our schools help create. As educators, we know what excellent education looks like. The Republican plan for private school vouchers will not encourage that excellence. In Iowa, private schools do not report on academic…

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MAGA is a danger

To the editor: Last year, the American people rejected extreme election deniers up and down the ballot. But we were unable to win every fight, and a tremendous threat to our democracy remains: the MAGA Republican majority in the House of Representatives. According to the Washington Post, over 70% of all House Republicans are themselves…

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Asks support for Ranger Kate

To the editor: The Ringgold County Conservation Board wishes to express its appreciation to County Conservation Executive Director, Kate Zimmerman. Kate has been the main catalyst for improvements to our parks for the last 12 years. Her enthusiastic and professional dedication to our county has been tremendous! Dragoon Trace Center, Liberty Lake, Picnics in the…

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School vouchers wrong

To the editor: In a glitzy ad campaign, a folksy Governor Kim Reynolds is trying to sell her so-called School Choice plan of tax payer funded “vouchers” so parents can send their kids to private schools. It is hard to see how the citizens of Ringgold County in the Diagonal and Mount Ayr Community Schools…

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Lying a new art form

To the editor: It is generally accepted that all politicians lie but since 2016 we have seen lying raised to an art form. On a Meet the Press Interview, January 22, 2017, Kellyanne Conway defended Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s false statement about the attendance numbers of Donald Trump’s inauguration. Chuck Todd asked Kelleyanne to explain…

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The Blessings of Christmas

THE BLESSINGS OF CHRISTMAS What are the Blessings of Christmas — New doll, new skates, a sled? What are the Blessings of Christmas – Some blankets, or sheets for our bed? What are the Blessings of Christmas – An appliance, a toy, a tart? Or—is I the JOY of giving That only comes from the…

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Wake up America II

To the editor: WAKE UP AMERICA II Joe Biden and his Chinese partners are rapidly destroying America’s middle class. Joe has purposely created high inflation, economic slowdown, a badly weakened US military divisiveness among Americans and a huge sovereign debt crisis. The Chinese are getting huge dividends on their investments in and corruption of the…

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Dear Editor

Dear Editor, Mr. Sickels, by his own admission in his last letter to the Mt. Ayr Record News, watches the Fox News channel twenty to thirty hours a week which would seem to leave him little time to listen and view other news sources, let alone news sources from printed or digital media. My views…

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An historic election

To the editor: With the historic midterm elections over, I would like to recall another historic election, the election of 1864, in the midst of the Civil War. Things were not going well for the Administration and Lincoln was facing defeat. Lincoln, who had defined democracy better than anyone as a “government of the people,…

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Can we take much more

To the editor: Leota, I watch 20 to 30 hours of fair and balanced Fox News each week. You should give Tucker Carlson a fair and balanced chance, ignore his goofy laugh. There is too much propaganda on the other channels. Fox News correctly reported the 51 so called intelligence experts were lying when they…

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