Honor Flight

J.”Russ” Walker

DUNKERTON — I want to thank the Honor Flight board, Hy-Vee and all the people who made this trip available for veterans to go to Washington, D.C., to see the memorials.

The welcome home was awesome. It’s something us veterans will always remember.

Above and beyond

JULIE GALLMEYER

WATERLOO — It is said “good news is not newsworthy.” My daughter, Sheila, was to fly home to California on Aug. 1 from the Waterloo Airport. She was ready to board when I received a call from my stepdaughter: “An ambulance is taking dad to Allen Hospital.” Sheila went to the counter and told (them) about the emergency and that she needed to change her flight. The gal named Justina said, “I’ll change it to the same time tomorrow; don’t worry about anything. I’ll take care of it. Good luck to your stepfather. Now get out of here.”

After spending seven and a half hours in the emergency room, everything was OK, and my husband was sent home. The next day Sheila returned to the Waterloo Airport. Justina asked “How’s your stepfather? Everything is ready for you to board.”

I sent letters to Justina’s supervisor at the airport, to Justina and to American Airlines about her professionalism and compassion. I received a letter from the airline thanking me and saying Justina’s outstanding effort deserves commendation.

Conflict of interest

JUDY CIESIELSKI

WATERLOO — In response to Bill Kammeyer’s letter Sept. 20, I totally agree. In my opinion, it was a conflict of interest to sell land for $1 for the upscale housing development to Sunnyside South Addition LLC when our (former) city attorney was a member of that partnership.

That agreement was approved Jan. 7, 2013. I would like to know the specifics of why it is not a conflict of interest.

40 Days for Life

MARCENE NIEHAUS

CLARKSVILLE — Did you know that abortions are performed right here in Cedar Falls? Many people are not aware of this, thinking abortion is something that happens someplace else.

From Sept. 27-Nov. 5, local Christians will take part in 40 Days for Life — an international pro-life project that consists of prayer and fasting, constant vigil and community outreach. 40 Days for Life asks all Christians to pray and fast to end abortion.

Abortion being present locally has a negative impact on the community. The campaign will be a 40-day prayer vigil from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week at 2520 Melrose Drive on the sidewalk outside Planned Parenthood, the abortion center.

We see abortion as a spiritual challenge, not a political one. It is not a protest or a demonstration. 40 Days for Life is a peaceful, prayerful outreach. We pray this campaign will lead to a significant decline in the number of abortions in the Cedar Valley. Learn how to get involved by visiting www.40daysforlife.com/cedarfalls.

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