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Enough is enough

SHERRI MURPHY

WATERLOO — Lately it seems two things have taken up too much time on air: sex crimes including celebrities and college students and violence in Texas and Nevada.

What’s more, the family from which the Las Vegas shooter had come from had a dad on the Most Wanted list and his brother accused of child porn.

Enough is enough.

Tax code

JOHN HASSMAN

CEDAR FALLS — To my fellow Iowans and the U.S. representatives from Iowa and U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst:

To my understanding, the proposed changes to the U.S. tax policy appear to be a travesty. The net effect of this plan is to enrich the wealthy at the expense of the lower and middle classes.

Financing this redistribution by deficit growth will come in the name of spurring economic growth. But, as Kevin Brady, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, has said, “this alone won’t get us back to a balanced budget.” He mentioned the House Republicans will soon address “welfare reform and tackling the entitlements.”

All Americans favor an overhaul of the U.S. tax code. Don’t rely on this failed “trickle-down economics.”

Vote no and restart with a bipartisan approach.

Fix Medicaid

KAMYAR ENSHAYAN

CEDAR FALLS — Medicaid is a safety net we provide ourselves for the most vulnerable among us. It is a service by the people to the people who need the most. It is not something you commercialize and make money from and leave to corporations. While privatization of some services makes sense, you do not outsource your police, fire or public works.

Privatizing Iowa’s Medicaid system was a huge, costly mistake. These for-profit firms are either delaying payments, reducing services or not paying at all. What should the most vulnerable among us do? How should they get the help they need? How can caring Iowans tolerate such mean-spirited policies toward our own? Former Gov. Branstad and now Gov. Reynolds seem totally bent on cutting services to people.

All I ask our governor is to fix this problem and restore services to the most vulnerable among us.

Agrees with letter

JUDITH M. WEEKLEY

CEDAR FALLS — Kudos to Jane Teaford (letter Nov. 20). We seem to have multiple people in Washington, D.C., who have been put in charge of areas of our government that they know little or nothing about.

What are you thinking, Senator Grassley?

Pat on back

DENNIS HARBAUGH

WATERLOO — This letter is to express appreciation for the improved quality of recent Courier editorials. Your Oct. 24 editorial (“Tax cuts have consequences”) was especially timely and an example of higher quality work. While I certainly don’t agree with all of your editorials, improvement is noticeable.

During previous years, and perhaps for decades, most Courier editorials relied upon a formula which involved simply repeating a Courier news story and then adding a mildly opinionated sentence at the end. Those editorials were repetitive, boring, lacked effort and frankly should have been embarrassing for a publication such as The Courier.

However, some of your recent editorials have included research that educates and have also displayed a deeper understanding of issues. Courier subscriptions are not cheap, and Cedar Valley readers deserve to have this type of effort reflected in all of your future editorials.

Keep up the good work.

Clayson column

DENIS MONTENIER

HUDSON — Reading Dennis Clayson’s Nov. 19 column concerning sexual assault allegations, I couldn’t decide if he was being sarcastic or serious. Either way his comments came across as demeaning to women and implied many of the accusations were politically motivated, especially those against “the good” Judge Roy Moore. He exacerbated his obvious bias by calling the “dozens” of those accused in the entertainment industry “slime balls.”

Clayson went on to advise that if the accused sued to fight the allegations, they would need a good lawyer. Clayson insinuates that because of her gender, a female attorney would be better suited to generate sympathy from the media, but also to manipulate a jury. Topping it all was his suggestion the attorney for Roy Moore defend him by saying “if he liked teenage girls, what does that have to do with how he does his job as a judge or senator?”

Somehow I doubt that Leigh Corfman (14 years old at the time of her alleged assault) would concur with that notion.

Tax reform

CADE OLMSTEAD

CEDAR FALLS — The tax reform bill being put forward in the House of Representatives spells disaster for those pursuing post-graduate degrees. Previously, students seeking master’s and doctorate degrees did not have to count any tuition waivers from universities as taxable income. Only the stipend provided to them was taxed. The proposed changes to our tax code would end this arrangement.

Graduate students living on a $20,000 stipend could end up paying taxes on incomes as high as $50,000 or $60,000 and higher yet for some. Graduate students are already struggling to get by as it is. These reforms condemn their future and the future of higher education in this country. Sixty percent of tuition reductions are given to those working in fields such as science, technology and engineering. The lack of support for education at all levels of government is alarming and harming our prosperity.

The United States is starting to lag behind the rest of the world, and it’s time to invest in our students so that we may invest in our future.

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