Category Archives: Public Health

Doing The Right Thing

Governor Kim Reynolds has neither the bandwidth nor expertise to manage the coronavirus pandemic. I didn’t vote for her, yet that is cold comfort. As COVID-19 cases increase in Iowa, and in all 50 states, her latest statement is evidence … Continue reading

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Laundering Face Masks–Again

Laundering home sewn face masks is back on the to-do list. It looks like we’ll need them. On Monday I wrote we are not really taming the coronavirus in Iowa or in the United States as a whole. Too many … Continue reading

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Masking In The United States

I recently flew to Florida to help someone move to the Midwest, my first non-local trip since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on March 11, 2020. We convoyed from central Florida to Chicago, following major interstate … Continue reading

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Just A Reminder:

If we have learned nothing in the past year, in order to have a functioning economy it surely doesn’t hurt to have a public health care system that works, with competent leadership that will act in the interest of all.  … Continue reading

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Public Health Approach To Gun Violence

On page A5 of Tuesday’s Cedar Rapids Gazette was the headline “75 shot in Chicago last weekend.” From 3 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Monday 12 people were killed and 63 wounded, mostly on the south and west sides of … Continue reading

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An Unadvertised Bomb Inside Repealing The ACA

Look out Kids, Mom and Dad may break you Filial responsibility. Ever hear of it? This is an old concept in law that goes back to the English poor laws in the 1600s. Stated simply, it means that children are … Continue reading

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The Courtney Report

I support the Governor’s goal to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation by focusing on improving health outcomes and rewarding healthy behaviors. That is why the Senate has incorporated those ideas into SF 296, which would expand Medicaid … Continue reading

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Iowa Democrats, Clean Air and Socializing

At the Kirsten Running-Marquardt fundraiser last night, I sat in a row of chairs with a group of long-time Democratic party activists. Most local Democrats know them by name, Jean and Jix Lloyd-Jones, Dick and Doris Myers and Bill and … Continue reading

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No Iowa Dairy for President Clinton

President Bill Clinton was on the Daily Show recently promoting his new book, Back to Work. He looks frail, but engaged in life. I got into an argument with a Hillary Clinton supporter during the run up to the 2008 … Continue reading

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Iowa Get Ready for Fewer Restaurant Inspections

Iowa Get Ready for Fewer Restaurant Inspections by Paul DeatonFour months into the Branstad administration, the character of our government is beginning to reveal itself. Blog for Iowa covered Iowa Department of Public Health Director Dr. Mariannette Miller Meeks previously … Continue reading

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