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"Letters of peace from 1931" in: North Scott Press by Bill Tubbs (March 27th, 2019)

Updated: Apr 10, 2019

Last week my friend in Rotary from Keokuk, Tony Conn, gave me a book that he and others have compiled of 596 letters initiated by Keokuk Rotarians in 1931 with members of Rotary clubs around the world with the general theme of peace, as symbolized by the peace pipe of Chief Keokuk, his city's namesake.

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Bill Tubbs awarded by Iowa State University’s School of Journalism. His "impressions" won first place in the National Newspaper Association.

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The question that confronts us today is the same as in 1931-32: Do our leaders have the capacity to reach beyond their grasp, to challenge us to seek the higher angels of nature, to choose "Be informed! Be informed!" rather than "Be afraid! Be afraid!" In the end, however, we know that world peace is too important to be left in the hands of our leaders. Peace starts in our own back yards when we speak our for understanding when their is disharmony, food security where there is hunger, health care where there is disease, education where there is illiteracy, conservation where there is environmental harm, sustainable development where there is poverty ... and when we write letters across border to build goodwill and better friendships. - William Tubbs (2019)

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