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Letter response

ROBERT CAMARATA

GRUNDY CENTER — Though Jane Teaford (letter Feb. 11) and her husband have been heavily involved in politics for a long time, apparently she never follows the news in print or on the TV. I’m 73 and have followed politics closely for nearly 60 of those years, first as a Democrat, then an independent, then a Republican and now a tea party member.

I can remember the Russians getting involved in American politics from the early 1950s, always trying to undermine the confidence of the American people in the electoral process. The Russians were soon joined by the Chinese, and later other nations. The FBI was well aware of this from the beginning. Jane Teaford says, “It is a disgrace no one in the Trump campaign notified the FBI that Russia was trying to meddle in our elections.” Really? Shouldn’t the FBI be the ones to notify all the campaigns that this would happen, as if they ever had to. Only the very uninformed would not know to expect this.

I wonder if Jane Teaford is concerned at all about Hungarian George Soros meddling in the American electoral process? Probably not; he only works to elect Democrats. That would make it OK.

Finding happiness

CAROL ROBINSON

WATERLOO — Can an acts of service person and a quality time person get along in America if both buy into the Declaration of Independence that says all have the right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Read achievement of happiness where pursuit of happiness is. The happiness of one person comes from a request being conformed to; logical or not, easy or not, right in the eyes of the other or not. The happiness of the other person is dependent on being listened to all the way through; true or not, agreeable or not, biased or not, insulting or not, logical or not. The only way this can work is as recommended by savior Jesus: Love your neighbor as yourself; even if that “neighbor” really has different thoughts from your own.

This takes stamina, stretching, practice, development of character. What is wrong with these? Can a person do that which at first seems unnatural to their previous life?

If a person doesn’t try how will that person ever know what their real capabilities are?

Care givers

DEAN PEDERSEN

AARP Iowa Executive Council member

CEDAR FALLS — More than 317,000 Iowans care for their parents, spouses and other loved ones so they can live safely and independently at home — as opposed to costly institutional care. They help with the everyday necessities of life: bathing and dressing, meal preparation and transportation, and the majority manages medical tasks and oversees medications for their loved ones, all without receiving instruction or training.

The 2018 Iowa CARE Act, a no-cost, common sense step to support family caregivers is currently being considered by state lawmakers. If signed into law, this bill would require hospitals to record the name of the patient’s designated family caregiver upon admission and keep that caregiver informed of their loved one’s discharge plans. It also helps make sure family caregivers have the instruction they need to safely care for their loved ones when they come home from the hospital.

Iowa is one of only 14 states that does not have a similar law in place.

I urge you to contact your state lawmakers and ask them to support the 2018 Iowa CARE Act to help Iowa’s care-giving families today.

Riding trails

SHERRI MURPHY

WATERLOO — I must disagree with the letter in the paper (Feb. 1) about bicycle trails. Some of us are not close to any and we do have a right to ride on the right side of the road.

And without hearing profanity from motorists. They don’t have the freedom or that right.

Planned Parenthood

CHERYL RAMMELSBERG

WATERLOO — I’m writing on behalf of women and the men who love and support them. I support all womens’ rights to receive necessary health care, including physical and gynecological exams, reproductive and mental health services.

In my first job after college as director of a small Planned Parenthood clinic, I worked with hundreds of frightened women and girls. All choices were explained in this order: adoption, single parenting, methods of birth control and abortions. Before Rowe v. Wade, many women were referred to places where safe abortions were performed. We did this because we knew these desperate women would find ways to get unsafe abortions resulting in many dead women and future babies.

This is exactly what will happen if womens’ rights to their own bodies is taken away from them again. As Santayana said, “Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.” Planned Parenthood provides essential services to women with no insurance or resources to obtain these services.

Please join the fight to keep Planned Parenthood up and running to provide these services to all women in our country!

Health costs

HAROLD TUCHEL

WATERLOO — Dennis Clayson’s column Feb. 11 touts a free market health solution. They once called Gov. Jerry Brown of California “Governor Moonbeam.” Professor Clayson should be dubbed “Professor Moonbeam.”

Surely Clayson knows the free market has been decimated in every area. Large companies buy their smaller competitors just to limit competition as the governor stands by. So there is little free market left.

Massive corporations influence anti-competitive legislation in state and federal government. Monopoly. Duopoly. Market strangulation is the result. Professor Moonbeam needs realism. The best and only way would be utility-type regulation. Alliant and MidAmerican Energy provide reasonable service at reasonable prices.

Perhaps looking at profits of medical providers would have similar results.

Building a wall

RON SPEARS

WATERLOO — Pastor Duane Lindberg writing in The Courier on Feb. 11 embraced President’s Trump’s wall with Mexico. There was a great Republican president who famously said, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”

I walked the Hadrian Wall, cited as a good wall, now in a land called the United Kingdom. The walled castles of Europe I’ve visited were rendered useless by the technology of the cannon. This is the fate of all walls.

I have been to Palestine where a wall is nothing more than pain and derision between peoples of like blood. President Trump said he is open to receiving all white Norwegians, just not people of color: the great wall of division. I crossed the Edmond Pettis Bridge in Selma, Ala., which crossed chasm of the great racial divide in this country.

Christians are to be bridge builders not wall builders.

Jesus, of the Gospels, tore down walls between rich and poor, sick and oppressed with the bridge of love.

Time for Lindburg and President Trump to visit the Gospels.

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