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ON THE SIDE: The Blues

It would be easy for a law enforcement officer who has pretty much seen it all to say the changing times are enough of a reason to hang it up. Cops across this country are resigning and retiring in droves because of the dangers of serving. In some cities, officers are targets of all types of verbal and physical attacks. Their profession is being marginalized and their departments defunded.

Support needed for college and career exploration

As we recover from COVID-19, Iowa is confronted with many challenges, among them a growing workforce shortage and declines in higher education enrollment. The percentage of high school graduates pursuing education or training beyond high school has declined for three years in a row for the first time in history. At the same time, the demand for skilled workers to fuel economic expansion greatly exceeds the number of people with the skills to fill open positions. 

LETTER: Iowa children need you to be foster parents

To the Editor:
May is National Foster Care Month. This is a time to celebrate the families who are making a life-changing impact for Iowa children and teens, and it is also a time to raise awareness for kids who urgently need safe temporary foster homes or forever adoptive families. 
 
Read the full letter in the May 13 Advance.

Sharing Benefits our schools

In the northern part of Kossuth County, the North Kossuth School District and North Union School District share a superintendent, business manager, human resources person and transportation director. It all adds up to each school district receiving an estimated $150,000.
 
Read the Our Kossuth County column in the May 13 Advance.

Jesus is with you

Have you ever had writer’s block before? I’m thankful that it is not a frequent problem that I face, which is nice because my role as pastor requires me to do a lot of writing. However, this week it’s my turn to write the “Pastor’s column” for the newspaper and that pesky writer’s block has hit me. 

Letters to the Editor - April 29

Here are this week's letters to the editor topics and writers. Read the full letters in the April 29 edition.
Concern over comment made by senator
To the Editor:
I would like to express my great concern regarding Senator Ernst’s remark quoted in the April 15 issue. 
Eulan Schuller, Burt
 
Diocese should honor people, not a plan
To the Editor: 

Please, criticize my sermon!

I love when congregation members criticize my sermons! I assume this is the case for most other pastors as well. 
Perhaps you’re thinking: “But Pastor, doesn’t it hurt your feelings when someone criticizes your sermon?” Nonsense! When it comes to preaching the Word of God, the truth and clarity of the preached Word far surpasses the feelings of the pastor in importance. 

Highlights with Henry, April 23, 2021

"No government should be without critics. If its intentions are good, then it has nothing to fear from criticism."
- Thomas Jefferson
We are about a week or so from wrapping up the legislative session, so I wanted to spend a little time discussing the budget, and the investments of the Iowa House Republicans. 

A $100 million increase in broadband infrastructure. 

Feenstra on adding D.C. as a 51st state

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Randy Feenstra (IA-04) released the following statement after House Democrats passed legislation that would make Washington, D.C. a state:

Love God, love others

In a recent conversation with my almost five year old grandson, I learned that in his words “sometimes the bad guy just comes out and you have to cry and cry.” He had just been released from being grounded for an action that was dangerous for someone so young. Hopefully, he will have learned from his experience.

Packing the court part of the loser’s playbook

... It is unbecoming, in a democratic republic, to have leaders who want to change the rules because they want total control. In fact, it’s the type of thing you see from losers in various games. Some people, if they can’t win on the merits, they try to change the rules. More nefariously, it’s what you would expect from tyrannical leadership...
 
Read the full editorial in the April 22 Advance. 

Glorious May!

We are inching into my favorite month of the year – May. 
Hooray for May!
It’s the month of May baskets, violets, May poles (okay, I’ve never actually seen a May pole, but I love them anyway), and, most of all, promise.
When I was little, May meant all those things plus the last day of school, which was blissful. It wasn’t that I didn’t like school – I did, as much as any kid does, but there was such a sense of being free, free, free!
 

How AMU keeps electricity affordable

Here's an excerpt from the April 22 Our Kossuth County column, this week written by John Bilsten of AMU:

Women Would like to play golf too

Here's an excerpt from this week's Out of the Past column in the April 22 Advance:

Interlaken to Matterhorn

... Zermatt is at the end of the road and cars are not allowed on its streets, so we parked in their parking lot and walked in. Talk about a rural setting; we needed to stop and wait while a large herd of goats with bells on their necks was driven past on the street by two young boys. Mountain climbing, skiing, hiking, ice skating and curling are popular activities besides shopping and eating in restaurants with a spectacular view.

In Kossuth County, women lead the charitable charge

In Kossuth County, women are industry and community leaders and lead the way in their fields. Women are also receiving higher educational degrees at a greater rate than men at our area institutes of higher learning. Yet, inequality continues to create barriers for women and girls. According to U.S. Census Bureau data, in 2019 in Iowa, full-time female employees earned 1.39 times less than full-time male employees, a difference of over $18,000 a year.

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