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Freedom And Health Care Go Hand In Hand

Why does the song lyric “freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose”  keep running through my head these days? Government is not “the problem.”  Government is the tool we have for managing our society. Taxes are not evil, … Continue reading

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Balancing The Exceptional With The Unexceptional Is Good For The Economy

Recently, another adventuresome daredevil walked over a deep canyon, on a tightly stretched wire about 2 inches wide.  Using a balancing pole, he  crossed the canyon, in very windy conditions, with no nets below to catch him if he did … Continue reading

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Another Feel-Good, Useless Chant from the Right

“Welfare should not be a career option.” Another feel-good, but useless chant from the Right. How does chanting “personal responsibility” actually help solve anything? There is no doubt that nationally, we have a an unacceptably high percentage of our population … Continue reading

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The Invisible Tyranny

In a recent column Leonard Pitts presented his view on tyranny, acknowledging that it will not arrive through guns, gun control, jack-booted thugs, or the like.  Pitts reminds us that the erosion of our civil liberties can be subtle, and … Continue reading

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My Letter To The County Sheriff

Earlier this year, the Cedar county Democratic Central Committee sponsored a public forum on the gun issue.  The sheriff presented his views, and gave technical information on weapons. This was still close on the heels of the Newtown shooting and … Continue reading

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Public Interest Held Hostage By Iowa GOP; Will Dems Be Forced To Pay Ransom?

[Note from BFIA:  For background information on how we got here click on the links below.  House Speaker Kraig Paulsen (R- HD 67 – Hiawatha) – a lawyer to trucking company CRST International – axed all funding for both passenger … Continue reading

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Republican Report Card

The Republicans gave themselves a report card this week.  Completely failing grade.  They seem to understand lately that their party is struggling, but due to their failure to support education of any kind,  they will again fail to learn why. … Continue reading

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Guns And Civility In Cedar County

Regarding the Cedar County Democrats Central Committee February meeting on Feb 12: Thank you to Larry Hodgden and Sheriff Wethington for working together to provide a community forum about gun issues.  There was a good turnout.I thank the Sheriff for … Continue reading

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Iowa Legislature Should Focus On Reality Not Ideology

The 2013 Iowa legislative session has begun.  There is a lot of talk about education reform and property tax issues. I would like to talk about conservative ideals versus reality. Previous sessions have invested a lot of time into anti-abortion … Continue reading

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What Should Be Government’s Role In A Complex World?

Limited Government , Under God, Vote Republican On my way to Iowa City, I drive past an election sign still standing proudly in someone’s yard.  Some days, I smile to myself, amazed that anyone could think our country would be … Continue reading

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