WATERLOO -- If you’re not white, English speaking or Christian you scare the hell out of old white conservatives who were once the majority.
Hispanics are soon to be the largest segment of the population and therefore pose the greatest “threat,” which is why Trump has vilified them at every opportunity. As have the dictators which Trump aspires to be. He’s using the tried and true tactic of creating an enemy from which only he can “protect” us.
We are in a crisis right now and we have a guy in the White House that doesn't know what he is doing. We have Republicans to thank for this.
JESUP -- Thank you. I want to personally thank every woman who got pregnant at a not so perfect time or under not good circumstances and went through it. Those babies turned into my family (great-grandparents, grandparent, mother, father, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, grandchildren), and the list goes on. And neighbors, church families, coworkers, Facebook friends that I have and love. The list continues with all the people I encounter every day at the stores, bank, courthouse, school and even the politicians. People make our world.
My heroes are --- but not limited to --- my grandmother on my dad's side who had more than 13 children and did think about abortion because my dad was her youngest and I would not be here; the young woman who got pregnant by mistake and her boyfriend ran off and she went ahead and had the baby by herself; and the older coworker who discover she was pregnant and went through with it 'cause what if he was another Martin Luther King? Again thank you for making the people around me.
CEDAR FALLS -- Recently in Cedar Falls, a mayor and councilman were defeated, probably due to their support for the PSO program, and another at-large vacancy was filled by an opponent of the program. The council followed that up with the appointment of another PSO supporter to fill Mayor Rob Green’s vacant at-large seat.
The voters spoke pretty loudly at that election. That should have been enough for the majority on the council to put the brakes on the program and slow down implementation. I was not against the PSO program as long as it was in support of trained, experienced firefighters. That was the way it was largely explained to the public; I did not think of it as a replacement.
I feel somewhat deceived. It is very disheartening to have the majority of the council completely disregard what the voters clearly told them in the last municipal elections. It’s time for the council to reconsider their decision.
CEDAR FALLS -- I appreciate reading the Opinion section in the Courier and enjoy Sunday’s offerings, both on the right and left side. Dennis Clayson provides insight, occasionally, I can agree with. Many times, however, I simply can’t understand his thinking and Sunday’s column (The virus: US media cries wolf again) has me puzzled.
Is the wise professor so put off by headlines meant to provide a nugget of what might be appearing below the heading that suddenly, and without warning apparently, we (the reading public) are barraged with click-baiting shouts that truly fail to capture the “real news” and drives us into frenzy. Really, Dennis?
To simply assume "all media" (my emphasis) are working to create havoc and consternation by exaggerating and bellowing untruths is silly. The professor is also bothered by "so-called news" (the professor’s emphasis) use of advertising which, according to him, is provided “more space, urgency and visual appeal” than the content it surrounds.
As a marketing professor I assume you’ve talked with your students about advertising in all its many forms, both print and digital. For the advertiser's message, visual appeal is important. For the medium where advertisements appear, income becomes a particularly important and required consideration.
WATERLOO — Donald Trump is the first racist in history to have dated a black woman, deported an ex-Nazi, upgraded MLK’s birthplace to a national historic park, kissed the Western Wall, loved his Jewish grandchildren, established an Opportunity and Revitalization Council to restore black neighborhoods, signed a major criminal reform bill, loaned his personal jet to Nelson Mandela, declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel, overseen the lowest black unemployment in history, denounced David Duke more than 20 years ago and has been given a lifetime achievement award after paving a way for blacks to enter corporate America.
Now does that sound “racist”? Thank you President Trump. You are making strides at making America great again.
READLYN — I’ve been fortunate to farm in Northeast Iowa for more than 40 years. I take great pride in how we’ve managed our land and strive to follow practices that will leave the land and water quality better off for the next generation.
Lately, I’ve grown frustrated when I see a bureaucracy undermining a key pillar of enhancing our environment through agriculture. Iowa farmers work hard to produce the feed stocks for clean, efficient renewable biofuels. This is good for the air we all breath.
A U.S. federal court just recently struck down a batch of special refinery exemptions granted by the EPA. These handouts let big oil companies ignore the law and keep renewable biofuels out of the fuel supply. Now the EPA is considering how the court’s decision will impact other exemptions. For rural America, there’s only one acceptable answer: no more illegal handouts.
Last year, President Trump promised he’d defend the Renewable Fuel Standard and fight for Iowa farm families. This is his time to do so. The EPA should move quickly to accept the court’s decisions and start following the law nationwide. It’s time to end the games and do right by rural communities and farmers alike.
DENVER — We just read the Courier article (March 5) about Yolando Loveless, Black Hawk County Veterans Affairs director. Yolando has been very supportive and helpful with Charles Dutcher, a Purple Heart recipient. Yolando has filed an appeal for us and started a claim on a second issue in an expedient manner. He has kept in contact with us via email or phone to keep us apprised of all developments.
We travel frequently and commute often between Iowa and Virginia, so we are not easy to get a hold of. When we are in Iowa, we have been given timely appointments with Yolando. We just called Dave Grimm and voiced my support of Yolando.
WATERLOO — I fervently oppose the view that the U.S. Constitution contains a right to end the natural development of an unborn child. Judges should not have free rein to create rights as they see fit. Instead, they should employ a standard that is rooted in the Constitution and American history that cannot be altered or manipulated by future court majorities.
First, the courts should look to the text of the Constitution to determine if there is specific language justifying protection for the asserted right. If there is no such text, the Court should inquire whether “the long-standing traditions of American society” have protected the asserted right. If neither of these conditions is met, no fundamental right can be said to exist.
The text of the Constitution is completely and undeniably silent on the subject of abortion. In addition, procurement of an abortion was not protected by any “long-standing traditions” since many states enacted laws limiting abortion before the infamous Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. Therefore, abortion cannot be considered a “fundamental right” worthy of constitutional protection, Democratic National Committee and its adherents notwithstanding.