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26
Jun

Letter to the Editor: Show me the cover-up

To the Editor:

In his letter to the editor June 19, Pat Ward plays the same hand being played by the Democrat Party, especially Congressman Gerald Nadler, and the main stream media. They all claim that there are so many cases of cover-ups by the Trump administration that they are too numerous to enumerate. Yet none of them can name one!

I wonder if Mr. Ward has read any portion of the Mueller report. I would remind him that this report was compiled after over 20 months of investigation by a team that really wanted to be able to charge the president with anything. And they found nothing! There was no collusion and Robert Mueller did not have courage enough to say whether or not there was any attempt to circumvent justice by the Trump administration and so Attorney General Barr stated the investigation failed to prove wrongdoing by the president.

Wed
19
Jun

Word for Word 6/19/19

Rev. Steve Oden
Rev. Steve Oden

Baptism ceremonies held June 9 at Yellow River ... Rev. Steve Oden of New Life Christian Church of Waukon is pictured above during a baptism ceremony, five of which were performed June 9 at Yellow River. Pictured below, over 40 friends and family members were in attendance. Submitted photos.

“Then Philip opened his mouth and began at the same Scripture, and preached unto Him Jesus” (refers to Isaiah 53:7-8; Philip explains to the Ethiopian that the prophet Isaiah is speaking and prophesying of Jesus).

“And as they (Philip and the Ethiopian) went on their way, they came to some water, and the Ethiopian eunuch said, ‘See, here is water; what hinders me from being baptized?’ And Philip said,’ If you believe with all your heart, you may!’ And he answered and said, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.’ So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.” Acts 8: 35-38

This Bible story is about an important dignitary who served Candace, queen of Ethiopia. This man was traveling back in his chariot from worshiping in Jerusalem to Ethiopia. While traveling, he was reading the book of Isaiah aloud. God miraculously sent Philip alongside him to explain to him what he was reading.

Wed
19
Jun

Letter to the Editor: The great cover-up

To the Editor:

There are so many cover-ups of crimes being committed by this White House and the Trump party - or the former Republican party - that they are way too many to even try to mention. Where are the current Trump representatives of Iowa, or as they like to be called, members of the Republican party?

They are assisting in the great cover-up of crimes, too scared to even read the Mueller report, a report of many crimes against this country, the U.S. Constitution and the State of Iowa. These crimes of many make Watergate look like a walk in the park.

The Iowa Trump party members - or the former Republican party - are assisting this administration of crimes against this state and country. Where are they? Seems they have lost their voices and their copy of the U.S. Constitution.

Wed
19
Jun

Letter to the Editor: Concerns about SF 634 and its impact on IPERS

To the Editor:

IPERS is a defined benefit program that covers 350,000 Iowa public employees (teachers, school staff, law enforcement, road crews and hospital personnel to name a few.) Employees contribute 6% of their earnings, matched by 10% from their employers. IPERS is set up to be fiscally conservative so that it will remain financially healthy.

Governor Reynolds, Senator Breitbach, and Representatives Bergan and Osmundson promised to protect IPERS. Yet, in the late days of State session the Republican leadership, under the guise of property tax relief, slipped IPERS into SF 634 using Iowa Code numbers to disguise their lies. The bill was passed in the dark of night. There has been confusion about the impact SF 634 has on IPERS.

Wed
12
Jun

Letter to the Editor: Excellent opportunity

To the Editor:

We need Midwest health professionals to be trained in recognizing, diagnosing and treating health problems where the underlying cause or escalation of the problem is due to man-made electromagnetic radiation.

There is a conference being held September 6-8 at Santa Cruz, CA. Speakers from around the world will be taking part in this conference to train health professionals in how to do these. Those who attend will receive 17 continuing medication education credits. This is an excellent opportunity for our health professionals to become trained in how to care for their patients in an environment saturated with electromagnetic radiation from wireless technology. Those who sign up by June 28 will receive an early bird special. Please, do not pass this up!

Wed
05
Jun

Word for Word 6/5/19

Rev. Kim Gates
Rev. Kim Gates

From all that I’ve learned about the Almighty, God doesn’t take vacation - at least not like we do! I think it’s good news that God doesn’t go off and leave us to our own devices - just think what more of a mess our world might become if God was absent for weeks at a time! But human beings, on the other hand, don’t function well if they are “on” all the time with no breaks. Once again, this is a clear reminder that we mere humans are NOT God.

However, Jesus did take time away from his busy ministry itinerary. Jesus was as fully human as he was divine so the humanity of Jesus needed to “take a break.” In the UMC, our clergy get 4 weeks of vacation every year and a week of continued education (plus every four years we get a 4 week “Renewal Leave”) which are all designed to give pastors the needed breaks that are healthy and rejuvenating so that our ministry doesn’t stagnate or “burn out.”

Wed
05
Jun

Letter to the Editor: Harmful to women’s health care

To the Editor:

As a Congressional candidate, Ashley Hinson will continue to harm Iowa’s women and women’s access to health care.

In a League of Women Voters’ forum January 21, 2017 Hinson stated that when she moved to Linn County she wasn’t able to get into an OB-GYN and relied on Planned Parenthood for her health care needs. In the same forum she also stated, “the government should typically stay out of women’s healthcare decisions”.

Yet, as a state legislator, Hinson repeatedly inserted her harmful votes into the lives of Iowa’s women. She also stated she wasn’t going to vote to make it harder for women to get healthcare services, yet, that is exactly what her votes have done.

Wed
08
May

Word for Word 5/8/19

Fr. Mark Osterhaus
Fr. Mark Osterhaus

On May 1st of each year, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker.  St. Joseph was the legal father of Jesus Christ. In the Gospel of Matthew, the people in Jesus’ hometown, when asking about Jesus, questioned: “Isn’t this the son of the carpenter?” So, Jesus is identified by the occupation of Joseph.

May 1st has become a day dedicated to the rights of workers all over the world.   The issue of income inequality is at the forefront of many May Day demonstrations and protests in a variety of countries. Many church communities have stepped up in support of the right workers have to organize and to receive just compensation for their labors. Jesus and Joseph both labored for their daily bread.

Wed
08
May

Letter to the Editor: Thoughts on climate change and Mother’s Day

To the Editor:

With the advent of Mother’s Day, I’m reminded of and grateful for the many experiences and lessons learned from my own mother.  Among the most impactful, are those things she modeled by example. As a lifelong Girl Scout and leader, she imparted the number one rule for girls on a field trip or a night at camp, that being, “always leave a place better than you found it”.

As a mother (and hopefully, someday a grandmother), I am reminded of my duty to carry on this responsibility and help leave the world better than I found it. It’s been a challenge to understand what I, as one person, can contribute to that end beyond recycling, composting and turning down the thermostat. I am fearful of the rapidly compounding effects of climate change, and the conditions in which future generations will find themselves.

Wed
08
May

Letter to the Editor: Totally dumbfounded

To the Editor:

I was totally dumbfounded when I read in the Cedar Rapids paper’s March 24 issue that a Republican Representative, Andy McKean, switched to the Democrats, especially when so many Democrats, the good ones, are leaving their party. He’s joining a party that is anti-Christ, anti-military, anti-law enforcement, anti-gun rights, anti-marriage, anti-border control and wants to eliminate your right to work, supports Planned Parenthood and the abortion of babies, and wants very bad criminals to vote.

They have no program, period, just anti-Trump, one of the best presidents ever. People are happy and working; that’s all people, women, colored people, Spanish people. Give Trump four more years and we probably will be a great country again.

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