Viewpoints

Wed
27
May

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, Editor Emeritus

Wed
27
May

Word for Word

by Rev. Samantha Houser

Wed
20
May

Allamakee County Corner

by Heather Homewood,
Allamakee County Veterans Affairs Director

In order to understand VA benefits, please remember that there are three main branches of administration that cover federal benefits. The Benefit Administration covers Disability Compensation, Non-Service Connected Disability Pension, Education, Home Loan Guaranties, and Death Benefits. The Health Care Administration covers Medical Care in VA facilities and Fee Basis Health Care. Finally, the Cemetery Administration covers aspects of burial in veteran cemeteries.
The following are a few recently changed federal and state veteran benefits.

Wed
20
May

News from the State House

by State Representative Patti Ruff

Wed
20
May

The Bottom Line

by State Senator Mike Breitbach

Wed
20
May

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, Editor Emeritus

Wed
20
May

Word for Word

by Rev. Kevin Smith

Wed
13
May

Support the best education Iowa can provide

To the Editor:
In Mr. Engle’s letter, “Questions for Rep. Patti Ruff,” dated April 15th, regarding support for increased funding for Iowa schools without a determination as to how the increase will be paid, Mr. Engle suggests that Ms. Ruff is “pandering to the education vote” and “just waiting for someone to turn over (“a pot of money”) to big spending politicians for their pet projects.” As of May 3rd, the funding increase for education has not been resolved.  The Republican dominated House and the Governor are holding at a 1.25% increase and the Democrats have come down to 2.625% increase.  The difference in dollars between the GOP and the Democrats is 56 million. The GOP budget (as reported by the Deputy Communications Director of House Democratic Staff) presently is 7.175 billion. That difference of 56 million represents 1.28% of the whole big pie.

Wed
13
May

Letter to the Editor: Properly fund education in Iowa

The rebuttal on 29 April by Katie Dodge Hanson to my original letter to the editor is a canard based on a false premise. No where in my letter did I claim that Representative Patti Ruffs effort to obtain increased funding for education was “pet project” for “big spending politicians.” The entire thrust of my editorial was that Representative Ruff had failed to provide a real solution for the proposed increase in spending on education and she never sought any new sources for acquiring funding her proposed spending. The sign of an effective representative is the ability to provide solutions where no one else has been able to. Representative Ruff has not done that. So I will reply to Katie Dodge Hanson with her own words that “You’re entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts.” I will not let someone so misrepresent my words as she has done in her rebuttal.

Wed
13
May

Letter to the Editor: What kind of citizen are you?

To the Editor:
What ever happened to respect and trust for our justice system and the people we employ to uphold it? Have we become so skeptical that we feel compelled to challenge these people at every turn?
Don’t get me wrong, there are a small amount of bad apples amongst them and it seems there are debatable laws but we do have an orderly, non-destructive method to deal with such instances.
Here’s a simple test we each might ponder. If/when you’re initially stopped or confronted by a peace officer: Are you apologetic and courteous to him or her? Are you a bit embarrassed? Does your heart race? Do you berate yourself for carelessly speeding or breaking some other law? Do you make lame, thoughtless, excuses to yourself for your behavior? Or: Do you belligerently back talk or loudly defend your fault? Do you consider fleeing? Do you physically resist arrest? Do you aggressively attack the official?

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