Thank you Tom Hanafan

We would like to take the opportunity to thank Tom Hanafan for his service to the residents of Pottawattamie County. His long time service to the City of Council Bluffs has been touted but I want to thank him for serving on the Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors.

We live in the county and have for over 20 years, no other board supervisor has responded to requests for help and information and follow through as well as Tom has in his position. His experience and knowledge has been invaluable to our County govt over the time he has held the office.

Thank You Tom!

Mark and Carrie Whitney

Council Bluffs

Thank you, supporters

I want to thank everyone for the support and encouragement on my run for the Iowa House of Representatives in District 22. I was honored to run.

Knowing the turf and the disproportional amount of voters, I was at minimum fighting an uphill battle but literally running into the blue-red brick wall. I entered the contest with no political background or activism history.

I was and still am driven to step up and help serve my fellow Iowans. The time was not wasted. I learned so much about the political system and how it works. I have grown socially to levels I had never thought I could achieve.

The real take from this is my realization that the Democratic and Republican divide in our county is very real and ingrained. Politically it is an us and them, not a we the people when it comes to party identity. Politically we see the other guy as our enemy and not our neighbor.

With that I would like to thank Jon Jacobson on his win. Jon and I agreed early on to run a clean race. I believe we did. Jon is a good father and family man. We differ only in our philosophical and political views. We came from different backgrounds, so that is understandable. We have a good and congenial relationship.

I hope we can continue to respect one another and demonstrate that congeniality and acceptance of our neighbors can overcome political differences.

Thank you again for the privilege.

Ray Stevens

Council Bluffs

Thank you hospice caregivers

There are many in the healthcare field deserving of praise and recognition for the wonderful care they provide. This November is National Hospice Month and I’d like to take this opportunity to point out the wonderful comfort and support hospice programs and hospice caregivers provide patients and families at the end-of-life.

With a focus on caring, not curing, members of the hospice staff make regular visits to assess the patient and provide additional care or other services. Hospice staff is on-call 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Tailored care plans are created for each patient’s needs.

The interdisciplinary care team is made up of the patient’s physician, the hospice medical director, nurses, aides, social workers, bereavement counselors, spiritual counselors, and trained volunteers.

Hospice care serves many purposes, not the least of which is providing a well-deserved quality of life at the end-of-life. A 2007 study by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) found that patients enrolled in hospice care live, on average, 29 days longer than patients not in hospice care who have similar conditions.

My message is two-fold. I want to first thank the hospice caregivers who care for people at one of the most vulnerable times of their life.

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Second, I want all to be educated on the benefits of utilizing hospice care.

Should you find yourself in need of hospice care, I recommend you seek out area hospice providers and inquire about their services. It’s your choice to select the provider you deem suitable.

Nikki Walker, team director, Care Initiatives Hospice


Whitaker shouldn’t oversee Mueller investigation

It confounds logic and good sense for acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, acting in his capacity as merely an interim AG, to assume control of the special counsel’s investigations.

Rod Rosenstein has conducted oversight of Mr. Mueller’s work with unquestionable decency and ethical integrity. No one disputes that fact. So why should Rosenstein be shunted aside for doing his job so admirably? It also begs the question as to what Machiavellian motive prompted Mr. Trump to assign Whitaker to the interim AG position in the first place, instead of Rosenstein, considering that Whitaker lacks the credentials, the experience and the temperament of Rosenstein.

Indeed, Rosenstein has more than proven his competence to be nominated as Mr. Sessions’ successor. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already been announcing that Whitaker needs to be replaced quickly by a duly vetted and Senate confirmed official attorney general.

The process could be expedited if both Republican and Democratic senators pressured Mr. Trump to simply nominate Mr. Rosenstein. It should not be difficult for leading senators from both sides of the aisle to garner the support needed to confirm Rosenstein’s appointment.

But until a nominee is forthcoming from the president and confirmed, it would behoove Whitaker to act within the confines of established protocol and behave with cautiousness and restraint consistent with his functioning as only a temporary caretaker of the Justice Department and not the head honcho.

Steven Pokorny


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