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WATERLOO — The big game is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to gather around the TV and crack open a cold one with friends and family. Whatever the outcome of the game, everyone wins when you drink responsibly and make safe rides a part of your playbook.

Over the past 35 years, Anheuser-Busch and its wholesaler partners have invested more than $1 billion in the U.S. to promote alcohol responsibility and reduce drunken driving. You can use a ride-share service, designated driver or public transportation; make sure you plan ahead for safe rides.

We should all agree on the fact drunken driving is 100 percent preventable. This Super Bowl Sunday — and every day — enjoy responsibly.

Working president


CEDAR FALLS — A letter Jan. 21 titled “Agenda First” drew my attention. It contained words aimed at President Trump. Words like: treasonist, horrible, big fat mouth and racist pigs — all shallow opinions of no truthful substance. Then something made sense. “Republicans want to fulfill their agenda.”

After surviving eight years of “leading from behind,” the left doesn’t recognize the significance of America’s rise in the last 12 months.

Consider: a president encouraging the country to once again “buy American and hire American,” or achieving reductions to federal tax rates, encouraging the highest manufacturing surge in three years, promoting businesses to create American jobs, appointing Supreme Court Judge Gorsuch, targeting MS 13 gangs, driving unemployment to lowest level since 2007, driving illegal immigration down 70 percent, dropping 59 missiles into Syria.

He’s created an environment where median household incomes reached seven-year highs, the stock market achieved all-time highs, Congress passed 41 bills (signed to date) and unnecessary government spending was challenged.

The president has worked tirelessly to guide legislation, targeting promised campaign items while faithfully clinging to support for military, government employees and services instead of phony-obstruction-insertions by liberals for DACA.

All or nothing


WAVERLY — If one goes through Dennis Clayson’s opening paragraph of Jan. 21, changing “liberals” to “conservatives,” and “left” to “right,” the premise would be just as valid. Though in reality, they would be equally invalid.

One also could substitute right-wing talking points for the list of supposed abuses. For example:

If there is one welfare cheat, most on welfare are cheats.

If one person sneaks across the border carrying drugs, most of them do.

If one regulation harms one business, all regulations should be done away with.

None of this is new. Throughout my lifetime, such nonsense has been spouted.

In the 1950s, anyone to the left of Joe McCarthy (nearly everyone) had to be a Communist or “fellow traveler.”

In the 1980s, anyone to the left ceased to be “the loyal opposition.” They were branded traitors.

The backlash to all of this is both parties begin to take an all-or-nothing attitude. When that happens, we get nothing. Just look at the last few sessions of Congress for evidence.


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