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    Patriotism is: 1) forcing football players to stand during the National Anthem to honor the flag, or 2) being forced to lower that same flag to honor a man who endured five torturous years as a prisoner of war in service to that flag. Humm. -- Jackie Austin, Rock Rapids, Iowa

      It takes a Space Cadet like Donald Trump to propose a Space Force. We already know he is a cad and his Space Force will get us into a lot of further debt.

        Let today be the day you do a random act of kindness. Throw a quarter in someone's parking meter. Hold the door open for someone. Tip someone in the service industry. Say "Thank you." Donate to a cause. Make a difference. It all starts with you. Fred Hollingshead, Sioux City

          I have a better idea for the border. Since President Trump wants a wall so bad and he hasn't gotten Mexico to pay for it, let him pay for it with his own money. Why even think of charging taxpayers for it?

            We have heard that it takes so long to paint the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, they need to start painting it again as soon as they finish. Will the lengthy construction locally on Interstate 29 have the same results? -- Earl Pratt, Sioux City

              The Iowa Chamber Alliance should be yelling in defiance, without pause, at their boss, Wilbur Ross, who is putting Iowans at a loss. William Burrows, Sioux City

                Thank you Mother Nature for allowing us to open our windows, and thank you Hard Rock for making us close them. -- Michelle Zimmer, Sioux City

                Three young children were being treated for frostbite in Nebraska Sunday after police said two suspects stole an SUV while they were inside. A 5-year-old, 1-year-old and 7-month-old were found with suspected hypothermia and frostbite after authorities say the carjackers were arrested with the SUV. The children were not in the SUV when the suspects were arrested. Two children were found in another vehicle that had been reported stolen and the infant was found on the front porch of a farmhouse. Grand Island Police said a man had reported around 3 a.m. Sunday that his 2012 Chevrolet Traverse has been stolen with his three children inside. It was around 0 degrees at the time.

                Authorities have identified the three young children and one adult who died in a rollover crash in northern Iowa that also injured the nine other passengers Friday morning. The Iowa State Patrol said 1-year-old Marlin Borntreger, 2-year-old Rebecca Borntreger, 4-year-old Emma Borntreger and 22-year-old Ervin Borntreger all died. None of the occupants of the van were using seatbelts or child car seats. Iowa State Patrol spokesman Alex Dinkla said the driver lost control of the van on a snow-covered stretch of U.S. Highway 20 near Wellsburg. Four passengers were ejected when the van entered the median and rolled over. Dinkla said he didn't have updated conditions on the six adults and three young children who were injured.

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                According to a complaint filed in O'Brien County District Court, Miller in September made false statements about existing auto insurance coverage in an attempt to receive insurance benefits.

                In the Journal's Top Stories Collection for the week of Jan. 22, 2023: Sioux City Schools officially have their next superintendent, a historic building gets a makeover, a high school wrestler makes history and Siouxland legislators explain their votes.

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