Online learning an abrogation
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To the editor: With regard to your “Idle Chatter” column in the 23 July Mount Ayr Record News, you’ve pretty adequately identified the administrative chaos which results when someone “moves the goal posts”, but of course the larger issue is that the public education system as we know it is in the throes of being…

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Proper testing not available
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To the editor: As of Friday, July 17, Johns Hopkins University reported that “there have been 3,576,593 U.S. cases of COVID-19,” [more than any other country in the world including India with a population of at least 1 billion] and 138,362 deaths. With testing and contract tracing as a means of controlling the virus, the…

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It’s time to stop the riots
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To the editor: It is time to stop the riots. They say Black Lives Matter. We used to sing a little song in Sunday school. It goes: “Jesus loves the little children, all the little children of the world – red, yellow, black, and white – they are precious in his sight, Jesus loves the…

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Window donations sought
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To the editor: Mount Ayr Preservation, Inc. saw the need to replace the old windows in the 140-year-old one-room school that is restored and displayed on the Ringgold County Fairgrounds. We received a bid to replace needed windows with new wind- and water-resistant windows. We applied for a grant from the South Central Iowa Community…

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Who really are Antifa?
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To the editor: This letter is addressed to the individual who wrote their unsolicited opinion in the library book, “Spearhead,” by Adam Makos. In  Chapter 14, in a paragraph referring to the “Night of Broken Glass,”  a reference was made to  Antifa.  Simply speaking, Antifa is an anti Fascist,  political movement in the United States …

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Please wear a mask
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Dear Editor, To paraphrase the immortal bard, “To mask or not to mask. That is the question?” Whether it is nobler to mask and prevent the deaths of 33,000 Americans by October, approximately the number of combat deaths in the Korean War, 1950-53, or continue to ignore experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci in favor of…

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Writer encourages Haley vote
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To the editor: I am composing this letter in regards to the upcoming sheriff’s election and in support of Rob Haley for sheriff. I have worked with Sheriff Haley in a professional capacity for approximately 14 years to date.  First, I worked in the capacity of a Social Worker II for the Iowa Department of…

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Writer encourages White vote
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To the editor: I am writing on behalf of Deputy Landon White, who is running for the Office of Sheriff for Ringgold County. I have personally known Landon since 1987, when I was in charge of the Marine Corps K-9 program at Lackland. One of my duties was to interview and select students to fill…

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Vote Haley for sheriff
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To the editor: I have had the privilege of knowing Rob Haley and his family for many years. While we all know Rob as “Sheriff”, I wanted to share how I personally appreciate Rob as not only sheriff, but as a person. It takes a special individual to be able to deal with the responsibilities…

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Not above the law
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To the editor: Once again, the Supreme Court is faced with the question, “Is the President above the law?’  Or should the law apply equally to everyone? While allowing that presidents cannot be treated like ordinary citizens, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan stated that “it is fundamental Constitutional precept that the President is not above…

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