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Tribute to Elsie Huber

By Jeanne Prochaska Kos | Dec 20, 2012

December 19, 2012

Washington, Iowa


To the Editor:

“If you can’t say anything nice about someone, don’t say anything at all.”

That was an example of how Elsie Huber lived her life. I did Elsie’s hair for 50 years — 2,600 shampoo and styles! During all of those years not ONCE did Elsie have a negative comment about others or complain about anything. She was the most positive person that I’ve ever known. All of us can learn from her wonderful example. Thanks for all the positive memories, Elsie. I will miss my special friend.


Jeanne Prochaska Kos

Comments (2)
Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Dec 28, 2012 03:53
Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Dec 20, 2012 23:44

I would agree with you about petty, malicious gossip. However, some things are too important to be left unsaid. If it were not for Samuel Adams and others, there may not have been an American Revolution. If there was not a Martin Luther King who spoke out against injustice, there may not have been the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

“In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up for me.”

--Pastor Martin Niemöller, 1945 

If ye love wealth better than liberty,
the tranquility of servitude
better than the animating contest of freedom,
go home from us in peace.
We ask not your counsels or your arms.
Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.
May your chains set lightly upon you,
and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Samuel Adams 

There comes a time when even peace loving people have to fight. It seemed to me that far too many of us had forgotten the real issue in all of this - the people. More precisely, the American people - our Founding Fathers, our veterans, our military, our civil servants and even regular folk - those who have died or could die in the service of this country - in establishing, protecting and maintaining our freedom. If this isn't enough of a reason to go anywhere to fight anyone - to preserve the American way of life - then what is there left on this earth that matters at all? God help us!

ted States of America - and this privilege didn't come cheap. Our Founding Fathers were not cowards. They made immense sacrifices to establish this Great Nation in freedom - not the least of which was going to war with the enemy of that freedom. All of those who have fought in the subsequent wars and conflicts and those who are fighting today have continued to make

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