Category: Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor – Kim Stephens

To the Editor:
When I am near water, my soul quiets. The sound, the feel of it lapping against my feet brings rejuvenation. I look for reasons to be near it, to play with my three sons in it, we even live on property with a creek running through it. But now I have more than 10,000 reasons to avoid it.
Animal confinements are ruining the quality of our water, closing beaches, and making it more expensive to drink. The people of Iowa, our children, are owed clean, safe waterways, something that can be accomplished with stricter rules against factory farm pollution and a moratorium on more confinements. When I am near water, I want my soul to be at rest, not anxious about what harms may be lurking unseen. Since the Iowa legislature won’t protect our rights, we had to file this lawsuit against the state. For this reason, I am proud to support Iowa CCI and FWW’s lawsuit against the State of Iowa to clean up our waterways.
Kim Stephens

Letter to the Editor – Louis Beck

To the Editor:
Thank you to all who support the Agricultural Education program and La Porte-Dysart FFA chapter by volunteering time, energy, and expertise; by supporting our educational and fund-raising activities, and by helping guide a program that continues to evolve just as agriculture does. I have witnessed your generosity toward our students for 21 years and look forward to supporting the chapter in my retirement.
An Agriculture Education/FFA program is an important option for high school students because it presents a unique learning experience that allows students to learn and practice skills that are valued by our society: leadership, building positive interpersonal and community relationships, and career development.
I have had the privilege to work with outstanding students, caring and interested parents, progressive communities, and supportive school administrative, teaching, and support staff. I will miss those connections and I hope that my service made a positive difference.
I know the Union Agriculture Education department and La Porte-Dysart FFA Chapter will continue to thrive and evolve under the leadership of Adam Sacquitne, the new agriculture education instructor and FFA advisor.
With my sincere thanks,
Louis Beck

Letter to the Editor – State Senator Joe Bolkcom

To the Editor,
People in most other states have much better access to effective medicines made from cannabis than we do here in Iowa.
This spring, the Iowa Legislature overwhelmingly voted to fix that. State Senator Jeff Edler of State Center represents many of the readers of this paper. He voted for House File 732, the reform of Iowa’s medical cannabis laws.
Senator Edler’s vote gave hope to Iowans suffering from cancer, Crohn’s disease, MS, Parkinson’s disease, severe and chronic pain, and other conditions. Thank him the next time you see him.
Unfortunately, Governor Reynolds vetoed those reforms.
Seventy percent of Iowa medical cannabis patients, people whose average age is 57, use it to manage untreatable or severe pain. Unless the veto is overridden, Iowans will be denied effective medicines that are legal in 32 other states.
Please contact Senator Edler at (641)-751-5902 or at jeff.edler@legis.iowa.gov. Ask him to call for a special session so Iowa families get the help they need.
If Senator Edler stands by his vote and stands up for the people he represents, thousands of Iowans—including people you know—will be helped.
State Senator Joe Bolkcom

Letter to the Editor – Jason Good

Dear Editor:
Drug use is on the rise throughout every state in the US. More kids are picking up their first drug every day and becoming addicted and, unfortunately, another statistic.
One of the biggest contributing factors to today’s drug problem is the lack of good, widespread drug education. Education and prevention is the first step to handling the current drug crisis as we know it and the first attempt at drug education should be done in the home.
Parents should have open and honest communication with their children so that they may be more likely to talk about any problems they’re having down the road. Parents should set a good example and not use drugs themselves. It’s hard to tell your kids not to do drugs if you, for instance, smoke marijuana. Finally, parents need to teach their kids to face and handle their problems instead of running from them.
Drugs are a “solution” to a problem for people and if children are taught to face their issues head-on, they might be less likely to look for the “easy way out” of whatever life throws at them.
For more information on how to talk to your kids about drugs, visit http://www.narconon-suncoast.org/blog/how-to-prevent-your-child-from-becoming-an-addict.html. If you are in need of a referral to a treatment center, call us at 877-841-5509
Jason Good, Narconon
Clearwater, Florida

Letter to the Editor – Rosemary & DG Partridge

Dear Editor:
Devastating flooding in many areas of Iowa is causing widespread pollution from industrial agriculture and adds to our long-term problem with water quality. We have over 750 waterways polluted with nitrates and phosphorus and subject to cyanobacteria blooms. Toxic blue-green algae thrive on the phosphorus and nitrate fertilizer run-off. As a result, Iowa is a major contributor to the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, has many state beach closings and water supplies with dangerously high nitrate levels.
Our state’s solution is the “Voluntary” Nutrient Reduction Strategy. The plan contains practices that farmers and landowners can implement to cut down on run-off, soil loss and lessen the amount of nitrate and phosphorus entering state waters. However, the unfortunate truth is this strategy is not working because there is little participation. At present enrollment rate it would take 100 years to clean up our waters using voluntary measures alone.
For all these reasons and more we support the lawsuit filed by Iowa CCI and Food & Water Watch. Voluntary is not working, and our legislature has failed to act on our worsening water quality. Corporate ag and those who profit from it will want to say this is a fight between rural and urban, but the truth is everyone has a right to clean water.
We need a moratorium on large-scale livestock operations until a mandatory nutrient reduction plan is in place. This may be the only way we finally realize a clean-up that the state promises but never delivers.
Rosemary and D.G. Partridge

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