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Council a circus


WATERLOO -- It was another circus at Monday’s Waterloo City Council meeting. There are a lot of rumors going around town surrounding the sale of the convention center, and it’s up to our city leaders to provide the transparency we all deserve.

Behind the scenes the Black Hawk County Attorney’s Office, at someone’s direction, led an interrogation of some City Council members on the grounds of possible conflicts of interest with the sale of the convention center. Who ordered this investigation? Why hasn’t the public been looped in?

On Monday the mayor scolded Councilman Tom Lind by saying no one profited from supporting this deal. That may be true, but some of their political campaigns certainly benefited from countless social media ads paid for by the developer.

Again, it’s all about perception. No one believes the chairman of the board of a company doesn’t have influence over an employee, just like no one will buy candidates didn’t benefit from in-kind campaign donations. Their case isn’t helped by them celebrating their election wins at the hotel in question. This deal just doesn’t seem to pass the smell test. Shame on the council for not doing its homework.

Editor's note: The County Attorney's Office acted after developer Edwin Leslie filed a complaint with the state ethics board.

Trump outrage


WATERLOO -- With all of the sexual harassment suits being filed against Hollywood and high profile men, I do not understand how Donald Trump was elected president.

It is a known fact he and Billy Bush made very offensive and disgusting remarks about women. Billy Bush's career went down the tubes, and Trump was rewarded by being elected to the highest office in this great country.

I know a lot of these men have been fired from their positions (as it should be). However, Judge Moore in Alabama should be ashamed to show his face and considered a sexual predator and not be endorsed by our president. I do not understand how Trump can endorse him.

Not all of these brave women are lying. I hope Alabama voters do not let him be elected and people should be outraged Trump is supporting him.

Gutting education


WATERLOO -- Gov. Kim Reynolds talks a great game about the future of Iowa. She promises an educated, dynamic workforce ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century. She builds the image of an economy that works for every Iowan. But her record simply does not hold up to those promises.

I agree with Reynolds that we need an educated workforce with skills based competencies. However, giving K-12 schools a funding increase less than the rate of inflation won’t achieve that goal. Gutting regents university and community college funding won’t ensure our children are prepared. Promising more tax cuts when public schools are strapped, teachers are paid less and overworked and municipalities are pushed to the brink will only hurt, not help Iowan families. Gutting public worker protections, strangling cities’ and counties’ rights to set livable wages breaks this promise of true economic choice and freedom from want. Iowa’s economy shrank in the second quarter of this year, and forecasts are not looking good.

Reynold’s promises a lot for a better future for Iowa. Her actions and her deeds so far promise that Iowans will not get that better future.

Signs dangerous


WATERLOO -- You hear on the news about messages they display on interstate signs. Today I heard about one that said pay attention to your driving. If drivers are reading the sign, are they paying attention to the road?

Caregivers month


WATERLOO -- During National Family Caregivers Month, we recognize the impact of caregiving and honor the more than 15 million Americans caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.

My husband was diagnosed with dementia in November 2013. I found and discovered local support and education seminars for caregivers, as well as information on the disease. I don’t think I could have gone through this process without the information and assistance we received from the Alzheimer’s Association.

Importantly, Congress is currently considering legislation that would provide much-needed support to our nation’s family caregivers -- the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act (S. 1028/ H.R. 3759). Endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement, the RAISE Family Caregivers Act would facilitate the creation of a national strategy to address the many issues facing caregivers, including education and training, long-term services and supports and financial stability and security.

In September, the Senate unanimously passed the act, sending a clear message of support to our nation’s family caregivers. It is now time for the House of Representatives to take the same action and pass the RAISE Family Caregivers Act. Please join me in asking Rep. Rod Blum for his support.

No roundabouts


WATERLOO -- As I avoid University Avenue in Cedar Falls as much as possible, I think about what Waterloo might do on that busy road. I seem to remember when Cedar Falls was thinking about redoing that road it was less expensive to just rebuild than to do those awful roundabouts.

I hope Waterloo city fathers don't consider those things. Let's just rebuild and resurface University and keep it the way it is. Please, no roundabouts in Waterloo.

Illegal dumpers


WATERLOO -- I find it very interesting how our great city leaders can approve money enough to purchase a trick speed camera to catch people hurrying to work in this hectic world and collect heavy fines.

Why then can't we afford money enough to purchase cameras to put up around our recycle Dumpsters and fine these people for illegal dumping instead of closing them down so the rest of us law-abiding people can't recycle?

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