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Tragedy news


WATERLOO — OK, the media does not love shooting, slaughters, tragedies, etc., but they do cover the bloody tragedy 24 hours a day under the guise that their viewers want to see this. And it does reportedly increase their TV audience and thus their revenues.

After one of the deadly school shootings, one of the TV anchors even admitted the coverage gives incentive to marginal people to copy these slaughters to get the attention the TV provides and that is why they do what they do. He implied it was what the viewers wanted and so they provided it.

The people do want the news, but they want the news, the still photos of the school and the reporter supplying the facts that were then available and to update the report as facts come in, and not be incorporated into being a reason for the tragedy.

Of all provoking factors for these shootings the TV media is the biggest factor by far, and the media people, all of them, know this and a few even admit it. But there’s a few that try to deflect this responsibility for this carnage, and these few turn my stomach.

Teaching prayer


WATERLOO — Mary had a little Lamb, his fleece was white as snow. And everywhere that Mary went, the lamb was sure to go. He followed her to school each day, when it wasn’t against the rules. He made the children laugh and play, to have a lamb at school.

Then the rules changed one day, against the law it became. To bring the lamb of God to school, or even speak His name. Every day got worse, and days turned into years. Instead of hearing children laugh and play, you heard them crying tears. What must we do to stop the crime, that’s in our schools today? Let the lamb come back to school and teach our kids to pray.

Country View


PLAINFIELD — As the talk and progress to sell Country View moves ahead, I ask, do we value all human life on the same level?

I can understand the cost to the taxpayers being a burden, but if the home is turned over to someone else and the county doesn’t have anymore burden where is that extra money going to go?

The residents out there are human also, their lives are no less or more important than anyone else, and we are acting like they are just a commodity. That is completely ludicrous to me. We are heading in the wrong direction as a society in my opinion, and we are not valuing all lives as equal.

What is the difference in property taxes per $1,000 of assessed value? People should not have a problem paying that amount. But, I guess everyone cares more about themselves than others who are less fortunate than some. So instead we will make this a private business with less pay for employees and less care for residents so that the county can then make revenue from the facility. Will they lower taxes then since that is the big concern? My guess is no.

Campaign funds


CEDAR FALLS – Each election cycle I read about the obscene amounts of money in a candidate’s campaign fund. Somehow I find it less than assuring to learn a candidate’s success and viability can be measured by their openness to bribery.

With so much money to be made, nothing will be done on campaign finance reform, so we need to exercise term limits: two years for a congressman and six years for a senator. Vote out all incumbents.

Steele responds


WATERLOO — Michael Steele, the former chair of the Republican National Committee, has just about had it with evangelical Christian leaders who support President Donald Trump no matter what.

Tony Perkins, head of the conservative Christian nonprofit Family Research Council, said Trump gets “a mulligan” or “do-over” over allegations that he paid porn star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet over their reported affair.

Steele wasn’t having it. “I have a very simple admonition at this point,” Steele said on “Hardball” on MSNBC. “Just shut the hell up and don’t ever preach to me about anything ever again. I don’t want to hear it.”

Gun violence


NASHUA — Gun violence requires a response, but let’s not forget what the causes are. Simply getting rid of guns is impractical as well as not the answer. Limiting who can buy based on demonstrated past behavior or mental issues is a good start. Age limits and real background checks for every purchase is a must. Limiting some of the more exotic automatic features is probably needed.

While we’re at it, let’s look at what is available online, on television, in the movies and video games. These all impact in ways we don’t really understand and should be thought of as part of the problem. Also in spite of the furor currently going around, try to remember the first 10 amendments were put in to protect the citizens from overzealous government. That logic still applies even for the Second Amendment.


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