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Wed
14
Oct

Letter to the Editor: Pivotal points to ponder

To the Editor:

As we, the American people, approach our 2020 elections, we must be discerning in the battle to preserve America and to protect the future for our children and posterity.

This election goes far beyond the two men running for President. Never has there been a more stark contrast between the two parties they represent. It is imperative to look beyond our pet peeves or a one-issue focus and to grasp the “whole plan with purpose” of each major party regarding America and her future. There are defining differences in philosophy, agenda and vision. You must consider not only the candidates, but also the issues their party supports.

Wed
14
Oct

Letter to the Editor: The country is headed in the wrong direction

To the Editor:

Historic wildfires ravage the West and an unprecedented number of hurricanes hammer the Southeast. Yet the Republican administration denies climate change is man made.

Our country leads the world in the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths because the administration misled us about the danger of the disease early on and continues to downplay its severity. We still do not have adequate testing and contact tracing.

The administration is currently in court attempting to end the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which would eliminate insurance coverage for 23 million people and would allow insurance companies to deny coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions. They are taking this action even though they have no plan or program with which to replace the ACA.

Wed
07
Oct

Letter to the Editor: Alive due to pre-existing condition insurance

To the Editor:

Just days after the upcoming election, lawyers working for the White House are scheduled to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) should be struck down in its entirety. This means no more coverage for pre-existing conditions, and children under the age of 26 will not be able to stay on their parents’ health insurance. For decades now Republicans have said they have “a health care plan,” but none has been seen.

The White House is doing all it possibly can to eliminate each step the previous president achieved for our nation over eight years; and Iowa’s incumbent Senator has taken “dark money” and proven to be literally owned by “Big Pharma,” while the opposing candidate for this important Senate position is advocating to have Medicare negotiate for lower drug costs. A huge difference!

Wed
07
Oct

Letter to the Editor: COVID-19 is real, effects can be long-lasting

To the Editor:

A Republican doorknocker recently told me that COVID-19 is not real. She may believe that because she doesn’t know anyone with the disease. My family is not so lucky.

My 27-year-old son, strong and healthy at the time, got sick in May and tested positive for COVID-19. Because he was young, the medical professionals told him to stay home and ride it out.

Over the next three weeks, my son could barely breathe. He was so sick. He lost 30 pounds and developed a mental fog. His father and I worried constantly about him but could not visit because, being older, we could be hit even harder by COVID-19.

My son’s battle is not just a rare instance. When he finally returned to work at his job in Wisconsin, he discovered that this highly contagious virus had infected more of his co-workers also.

Wed
07
Oct

Letter to the Editor: We all deserve good healthcare

To the Editor:

Last week I had my annual physical. That experience got me thinking. I am 63 years old. I pay for my own health insurance each month.

I won’t have to pay any additional costs for my mammogram or physical exam. Women much younger than me do not have to pay for their birth control devices. My husband and I recently got our flu shots, again at no cost to us.

My friends carry their children on their health insurance policies until those young people are 26 years old and can more easily pay for their own health insurance.

I am somewhat at risk so have a colonoscopy every five years. Again with no additional charges.

I am of an age when I remember even with my very expensive insurance, always having to pay something for preventive medical care, but the Affordable Care Act, nicknamed Obama Care, in 2010 did away with all of that.

Wed
07
Oct

Letter to the Editor: Where, but in small town Iowa?

To the Editor:

Last Friday, I took a leisurely motorcycle ride around southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa.  After crossing the bridge at Lansing, I decided to stop at “Skinny Dip” for a mid-afternoon treat which naturally required a good wash-up afterwards.

When I returned home and was unpacking my motorcycle bags I realized I had forgotten to pick up my purse. When I headed to the house to give them a call, there was already a message left  from Karen Schobert, the gal who waited on me, that my purse would be at “Milty’s” for me to pick up.

Wow! Where, but in small town Iowa? No wonder I love living here!

Lois Votsmier
Waukon

 

Wed
30
Sep

Letter to the Editor: True facts about the candidates

To the Editor:

Every day the standards of political rhetoric get lower and lower. The 2020 elections are getting ever closer, but even they can be drowned out by the earth-shaking events this year has already thrown our way.

We have to remember that despite the outrage and partisan attacks that dominate the headlines, the upcoming elections have the power to be world-changing too. How do we find clear, unbiased facts on the politicians who will shape the nation’s response to the world of 2020?

With VoteSmart.org, you can find everything you need to know about candidates and elected officials all in one place, with no partisan spin. Vote Smart never takes a stance on partisan issues, accepts no funding from special interests, and requires every boardmember to join the organization with a political opposite. You know with Vote Smart that you’re getting just the facts.

Wed
30
Sep

Letter to the Editor: Protecting Medicare

To the Editor:

Medicare protects senior citizens and people with disabilities from exorbitant health care costs. Before this national insurance program was passed in 1966, seniors were charged up to three times as much for health insurance as younger people. Many could not afford the treatment they needed.

The current administration promised not to make cuts to Medicare but has since broken that promise. In 2017, the administration and Republicans in Congress proposed slashing Medicare by $845 billion in order to balance the budget after they gave billionaires and wealthy corporations a $1.5 trillion tax cut. They risked coverage for the 55 million Americans who rely on Medicare.

This administration still has Medicare in its sights and multiple Washington insiders have said that gutting the program is being called “a fun second-term project.”

Wed
30
Sep

Letter to the Editor: Live with tolerance toward others

To the Editor:

The nights of September 15 and September 16 Democratic campaign signs were stolen from five houses in Postville. Some of these signs have been found in the storm sewers of Postville. For obvious reasons these signs had to be removed. In the following days, a group of people were yelling political slogans at people who had signs stolen.

The times we are living in are very unfortunate, where respect has been lost and where insulting and assaulting is well regarded. We remember that throughout the years, Republicans and Democrats, although we have very different ideas, we have been able to live with a respectful relationship. The facts do not only refer to the stolen signs, but to the abyss that some Republicans have taken their party, before the health of the American people; being first Republicans and then American citizens. Some Republicans have expressed disagreement with their party’s decisions and are ashamed of what their party has become.

Wed
30
Sep

Letter to the Editor: All the good things in local agriculture

To the Editor:

One thing the pandemic has led to for me is more fishing with my boys since April, mainly in the Upper Iowa. In April they caught perch, one after another, and just recently we caught a 10 species night on the Upper Iowa. This is such a testament to agriculture and conservation in this county and farmers who care about the land and water quality.

This summer we took a trip to South Dakota and on the way back I couldn’t help but notice how different agriculture is here compared to the vast stretches of corn across the flat parts of the Midwest. This area is so diverse in our farming and conservation practices; while taking a drive a person will likely see pasture, hay, corn, soybeans and CRP in the same view.

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