Viewpoints

Wed
21
Oct

Letter to the Editor: Take a big-picture look at important issues

To the Editor:

In response to the letter submitted by Harriet Sharp of Lansing (Pivotal Points to Ponder), I find it sad that Ms. Sharp attacks Muslims and the concept of socialism, and then attacks the Democratic party for embracing them both. She seems to be targeting abstract ideas and instead forgets that people of the Muslim faith are children of God, just as she, and are equally vulnerable to hurt spawned by such words of insensitivity and darkness.

Further, it is incorrect to classify the Republican party as being pro-life and the Democratic party as being opposed to this ideal. On the listing of important social issues which includes abortion but also health care, education and climate change, just to name a few, members of the Democratic party act with the highest compassion and concern.

Wed
21
Oct

Letter to the Editor: Social Security, Medicare and health care on the ballot

To the Editor:

The choice is clear in this election. If you want to eliminate Social Security, Medicare and the protections for pre-existing conditions, then choose Republicans. The reckless payroll tax cut that the administration imposed by executive order will eliminate Social Security by 2023, according to the Chief Actuary at the Social Security Administration. This administration has pledged to completely terminate payroll taxes in a second term, which would further weaken and dismantle Social Security. Also, this administration’s proposed budgets have included more than $845 billion in cuts to Medicare. Medicaid, which covers impoverished seniors’ long-term care costs, would also suffer cuts.

Wed
21
Oct

Letter to the Editor: There is a need for community members to help

To the Editor:

Your CASA Program is calling for community members to step up and advocate for children and families involved in the child welfare system in our local area.

Volunteers with Your CASA Program are known as CASA volunteers, or Court Appointed Special Advocates. These CASA volunteers advocate for a child or sibling group while they are in foster care. CASA volunteers advocate in the courtroom, school and other settings for the best interest of the child they are representing, help them stay connected with their families and communities, and work towards family reunification whenever safe and possible.

Now is a great time to get involved with CASA. With info sessions, pre-service volunteer training and swearing-in ceremonies currently conducted online, you can begin making a difference in the lives of children and families in the foster care system - right from your own home.

Wed
21
Oct

Letter to the Editor: Thoughts on the environment and Nov. 3 election

To the Editor:

Our planet Earth has everything necessary to support all its life forms. We humans are screwing this up royally. We’re overpopulating, while limiting aid to mitigate this problem.

We’re polluting our world, fouling our air, water and land with too many chemicals, from toxic emissions to herbicides and pesticides.

Our sea life  is being severely threatened by our plastic waste and chemical run-off from yards, golf courses, agricultural lands, etc. We are over-harvesting many species of ocean flora and fauna.

We are destroying many species of living things daily by over-use and over-indulgence. Do we need pristine lawns? Do we need perfect looking fruits and vegetables? Do we need the latest synthetic fashion apparel? Do we need to use so much throwaway plastic? Do we need to consume inordinate amounts of meat? Do we need to drive when we can walk?

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

 

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