School dollars

DENNIS HENDRICKSON

CEDAR FALLS — At the Jan. 7 Cedar Falls Board of Education meeting, a question was posed regarding the board’s position on possible state legislation proposing the adoption of school vouchers or education savings accounts in Iowa’s public school districts. Board members expressed concern and skepticism about these types of state mandates and seemed unanimously opposed to such legislation, implying the implications of this family of legislation would likely be financially negative.

I suspect other area school boards such as Hudson and Waterloo would express similar opposition. Iowa’s public schools are under the increasing pressure of meeting higher standards with stagnant budgets, and it appears the Legislature is adding to the burden. As a Courier reader, I am hopeful The Courier can uncover the political forces that are attempting to siphon monies away from Iowa’s public schools, and shed some light on the subject.

Dog reunited

ANDREW HUTTER

WATERLOO — I followed (missing dog) Jax’s plight on The Courier website (Jan. 14). I was glad to see him returned to the Motsinger family after they searched so hard for him and never gave up.

Great story! Better ending!

Ode to Bill Dix

DAVID MANSHEIM

PARKERSBURG — Bill Dix is a Republican state senator from District Twenty-five.

Even in a democracy, some folks think protests are nasty jive.

We went to Bill’s house anyway, only Bill wasn’t there.

Yet Bill came into Iowan’s homes to make bargaining rights for public employees unfair.

We went to Bill’s house, but Bill wasn’t there.

Bill was busy telling Kirsten Anderson, “Sexual harassment you must bear.”

We went to Bill’s house, but Bill wasn’t there.

Bill came into our homes and privatized Medicaid-care.

We went to Bill’s house, but Bill wasn’t there.

Bill came into our homes and reduced minimum wage to a nightmare.

We went to Bill’s house, but Bill wasn’t there.

Bill came into our homes and made education funding rare.

We went to Bill’s house, but Bill wasn’t there.

Bill came into our homes and made unplanned parenthood a scare.

We went to Bill’s house, but Bill wasn’t there.

Bill came into our homes and said, “I’ll never cut corporate welfare!”

We went to Bill’s house, but Bill wasn’t there.

He was out dining on lobster in an ALEC lobbyist’s lair.

Immigration laws

The REV. GEORGE KARNIK

EVANSDALE — President Donald Trump has repeatedly said the U.S. needs to limit immigration because foreigners are taking away our jobs. How short-sighted and false is this? Here is one example. I recently visited several of the Keys (southern tip) of Florida devastated by Hurricane Irma last September. Although cleanup is progressing, recovery is slow. The reason: nvot enough workers. Hundreds of workers are needed, but not available.

In addition, restaurant workers, service personnel, teachers, agriculture and other forms of labor are urgently needed. And the Keys are only one area in several states and Puerto Rico seriously short of workers. While little informed leadership can be expected from the president, there is hope. That we all, we the people, make serious efforts to persuade members of Congress to pass immigration legislation promptly. Legislation that is realistic, moral and for the common good. And a law that will override executive order by the president.

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