Hurray, Deere

DAVE HUBBARD

PARKERSBURG — Congratulations to the world of John Deere as they will celebrate 100 years of service in Iowa next year.

Lots of memories there and justifiable pride among many many people. God Bless.

Giving thanks

MATTHEW COHEA

CEDAR FALLS — I am thankful for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I am thankful for those who serve, sacrifice and protect my right to freely express my beliefs. I am thankful for those who stand and respect our flag and anthem which represent our varied beliefs. I am thankful for family, friends and neighbors who respectfully agree to disagree and do not see me as an enemy.

I am thankful to be an American. May God bless you with as many things to be thankful for this holiday season.

GOP tax bill

ANN BOCK

WAVERLY — Why is it that the Republicans have had no public hearings on their House and Senate tax bills? Why have no experts, on both sides of the issue, been brought in to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these bills? Why are the Republicans pushing them through Congress for a vote as quickly as possible without telling the public the details that will affect each of us for many years to come?

Perhaps they fear if the public knows what is really in these bills, they would oppose the plan. They might demand that Congress slow down, have open hearings and allow each American to understand what each tax bill is really all about. What’s the rush? If they are good, sound tax bills that benefits all Americans, the poor, middle class, and wealthy, as well as small and large business, then having a public discussion based on knowledge of just exactly what is in the House and Senate bills, would make it much more likely to pass with the support of all.

Why is it that the Republicans have had no public hearings on their House and Senate tax bills?

Letter response

GARY M. FOBER

CEDAR FALLS — In response to Mr. Kaiser’s recent editorial (Nov. 27) regarding his “observation from a distance” of the Northeast Iowa Food Bank and the people who use this resource, I say, “quit making assumptions and volunteer your time instead!” I volunteer one morning a week and have for about 3 1/2 years. Everyone there does a wonderful job with very few accolades and not a lot of pay.

Everyone who receives food there does so because they qualify to under certain conditions and income guidelines. And, just like every government program, business or political entity, people take advantage of rules and regulations for their benefit. We see examples of this in the news every day, so don’t use a broad paint brush to tarnish a group when a few people are guilty. Instead, maybe you can help make it even better by volunteering your time too. I hope to see you there.

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