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Letter to the Editor

By Staff | Nov 13, 2009

To the EDN:

On Thursday, Nov. 19, Iowa Hospice will offer its annual Holiday Grief Workshop. This is a chance for members of the community to learn about ways to better cope with grief issues during the upcoming holiday season and beyond.

As November is National Hospice Month, this workshop is a timely opportunity for individuals and families to assess where they are in the grief process following the loss of a loved one, and how they will choose to observe such holidays as Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Perhaps this is the year for considering new traditions and ways to go beyond “getting through” these often difficult times.

Iowa Hospice is located at 1370 Lake St. in Spirit Lake. Please join us at 6:30 p.m. for the Holiday Grief Workshop. Refreshments will be available and the program will conclude at approximately 8 p.m. Reservations are not necessary, but a phone call to the office (336-2941) would be appreciated.

Bill Kersting, Spencer

Letter to the Editor

By Staff | Nov 13, 2009

To the EDN:

The current climate legislation introduced by senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and John Carry (D-Mass.) is extremely unfair to Iowa and the Midwest in particular. In a review of the pending climate change legislation (HR 2454 and S 1733), the Environmental Protection Agency recently published a report that finds because the Midwest relies more heavily on affordable, coal-fired generation, the Midwest will end up paying more than its fair share to help protect the environment. And California and Massachusetts, where the authors of the bill live and represent, will pay much less because those states are less reliant on coal generation due to their geographic location.

In addition, this legislation contains to cost containment features or ceiling cap provisions. Even more shocking is an economic analysis that estimates the price of gasoline could increase by 77 cents per gallon or an additional $800 per year for a family using 20 gallons of gasoline per week.

Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative anticipates that electricity rates and other sources of energy will increase substantially due to this federal legislation and our board of directors and employee team clearly understands that the cost of energy affects household budgets, area businesses and local Iowa communities.

Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative will continue efforts to inform Iowa’s U.S. senators and congressmen about this regional disparity and how the current legislation will adversely impact those in the communities we serve. Recently, Iowa’s cooperative member-owners delivered more than 75,000 cards to senators Chuck Grassley and Tom Harkin asking them to ensure that any energy legislation passed is fair and affordable. I sincerely thank everyone who participated for their help on this critical issue. Together, we can help Congress find a balanced energy solution to the concerns about climate change while, at the same time, protecting our environment against unfair legislation and rising energy costs.

Terry L. Bruns, CPA

President, CEO,

Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative

Letter to the Editor

By Staff | Nov 13, 2009

To the EDN:

We have a great small community we live in. In less than a month we planned and had a great Halloween Party for the youth of Wallingford and the surrounding community.

Working together we had a safe, warm and enjoyable evening for youth and adults!

We would like to take the time to thank the following businesses for supporting our efforts with donations: Dwight’s Repair, Torreson Oil, The Pub, River Valley Telephone, Pro Coop, Gerry’s Electric, Osher Excavating, West Ridge Trucking (Mac and Karla McCarty), Brion’s Body Shop, Jeremy’s Welding, Andy’s Tree Service (Brice and Janella Bodle), Erickson Produce (Earl and Virginia Erickson), Wallingford Fire Department and the City of Wallingford. Also a big thank you to all the volunteers who donated their time and talents and donations to our party. The party would not have been a success without all the donations and the volunteers that helped to make the party possible.

It is great living in a small community that pulls together to make nice things happen for the enjoyment of others. Thanks again to everyone!

And also a big thank you to everyone who brought their children to the party and the adults that came to enjoy the party also. Without all of you, it would not have been a success.

Cindy Bodle, Wallingford

Angela Hansen, Armstrong