Tag Archives: veterans

It’s Not Memorial Day

We can end the witch hunt because it’s been found in the person of Iowa House Speaker Linda Upmeyer. I had hoped our first female speaker would be different from other politicians. Those hopes were dashed as she proved herself … Continue reading

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The Courtney Report

The Iowa Legislature is back in session. We are quite happy to once again turn a corner of this blog over to excerpts from the newsletter of State Senator Tom Courtney and occasionally others. The full newsletter can be read … Continue reading

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On Being A Veteran

My 1975 enlistment in the U.S. Army had everything to do with how screwed up the military was coming out of Vietnam. I asked myself, if regular people didn’t step up and fix the mess, who will? I almost didn’t … Continue reading

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Gulf of Tonkin Anniversary In Iowa

IOWA CITY— My skills at ordering a beer failed to keep up with the times. We were meeting at a bar in the county seat, one recognizable from infrequent visits for meetups over 40 years. I arrived first and took … Continue reading

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Veterans Administration Is Not The Problem

“One out of every ten veterans alive today was seriously injured at some point while serving in the military, and three-quarters of those injuries occurred in combat,” according to a 2011 Pew Research survey of veterans. “For many of these … Continue reading

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In Flanders Fields – Song


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Branstad Should Be Ashamed

Two Paycheck Terry Branstad should be ashamed for fundraising off denying health care‏ progressiowa.org February 21st, 2013 Contact: Matt Sinovic (515) 423-0530 ‘Two Paycheck’ Terry Branstad Should be Ashamed for Fundraising off His Denial of Health Coverage to Iowans Des … Continue reading

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It's Time For Fiscal Accountability at the Pentagon

It’s time for fiscal accountability in all parts of government, but particularly with military spending. In FY 2000 the Pentagon budget was $295 billion, the national debt was $5.62 trillion, and unemployment was 4 percent. In FY 2012, the Pentagon … Continue reading

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Senate Republicans Obstruct Passage Of Veterans Jobs Bill

maddowblog.msnbc.com Veterans won’t be getting a new, billion-dollar jobs program, not from this Senate. Republicans on Wednesday afternoon blocked a vote on the Veterans Job Corps Bill after Jeff Sessions of Alabama raised a point of order — he said … Continue reading

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'Days' by Don Place

(Editor’s note: Following is a chapter from the new book “Days” by Don Place. Don wrote this book partly to get his message about Vietnam out, a voice he felt was not being adequately expressed. His stories from 1967 and … Continue reading

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