Education budget

JIM COONRADT

WATERLOO -- Gov. Kim Reynolds, and the State of Iowa, are looking at a huge shortfall in revenues from Iowa income taxes. Also, the governor has proposed a large tax break. In an effort to balance the budget, many projects at our state universities are in jeopardy.

Now, why should students, from K-12 through college, suffer when representatives such as Bob Kressig and Bill Dotzler have been fighting for years to improve our educational system. This makes no sense at all.

Housing issues

ANN MARSHALL

WATERLOO -- I have heard this too many times about young women finding good housing and dealing with slum lord landlords due to a criminal charge committed by someone other than the renter of the house. It results in the renter suffering consequences that were out of her control. She rectified the situation by serving the court's order of probation. This, however, did not rectify the situation. She is a single mother of four and is now struggling to find housing due to criminal background checks.

This situation happened more than 11 years ago and is expunged but is preventing her from getting suitable housing. She has looked at many houses and been told theywill be in contact, only to get no response once again. This takes time, money and crushes the hopes of her children because she can only tell them she is trying. What is the next proactive step she can take where an honest landlord will accept her and her children to give her the chance that she deserves? Are there still any honest landlords out there?

Good read

ROGER W. SMITH

WATERLOO -- In his remarkable 2009 book, "Money, Greed and God: Why Capitalism Is the Solution and Not the Problem." then-Discovery Institute senior fellow Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., identifies eight myths about capitalism that tend to captivate the mainstream media and other uninformed liberals:

The Nirvana Myth (contrasting capitalism with an unrealized ideal rather than with its live alternatives), the Piety Myth (focusing on our good intentions rather than on the unintended consequences of our actions), the Zero-Sum Game Myth (believing trade requires a winner and a loser), the Materialist Myth (believing wealth isn't created, it's simple transferred), the Greed Myth (believing the essence of capitalism is greed), the Usury Myth (believing working with money is inherently immoral or charging interest on money is always exploitative), the Artsy Myth (confusing aesthetic judgments with economic arguments) and the Freeze-Frame Myth (believing things always stay the same -- for example, assuming population trends will continue indefinitely, or treating a current "natural resource" as if it will always be needed).

Richards demolishes these myths, as well as the specious assertion "the rich get richer and the poor get poorer." A great read.

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