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No need for Board of Supervisors districts

The Nonpareil “Our View” regarding Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors districts was perfectly stated. I live in Carter Lake and ran for City Council and mayor eight times. I was elected five times and not elected three times.

When I wasn’t elected I didn’t want to change the election laws. If you run for office and lose, be a good sport.

It would be a terrible waste of over $100,000 of taxpayers money waster because a candidate didn’t like the election results.

Emil Hausner, Carter Lake


We should be able to vote by mail

The Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors is making a lot of noise about the cost of a ballot initiative that might end the at-large membership.

The vote on the issue is not as hard or costly as they make it sound. The solution is to have a vote by mail. Every registered voter gets a ballot in the mail. Fill it out and mail it back in the enclosed, pre-addressed, stamped envelope by a set date.

This has the effect of giving everyone a chance to vote.

Richard Bleth, Underwood


Don’t change the judicial nominating system

If popular vote is to be the good test of appointment of members to the courts, then Iowa’s current nonpartisan selection of judges has been well validated by such vote.

To wit, under the current “merit means” judges are selected and serve until they face a retention election — in which they are almost always voted back into office and are hardly ever voter-removed from their positions. The vote over time has thus validated the current means of judge selection and placement on the bench.

Don’t try to fix what ain’t broke.

Sam Osborne, West Branch


February 22 marks the third annual National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day

A common but little-known condition, heart valve disease (HVD) occurs when one or more of the heart’s four valves is damaged. This can result in major complications, possibly death.

HVD impacts as many as 11 million Americans. Yet, three in four people have little to no knowledge about it. Even worse, 25,000 people die every year from HVD, although effective treatment is possible in most cases.

Recognizing the signs and knowing what might put you at risk is the first step.

Those older than 75 years or individuals with a history of heart conditions are particularly vulnerable. Common symptoms include fatigue, dizziness, and shortness of breath, though some people might experience no symptoms at all. In this case, a simple check with a stethoscope can reveal a heart murmur, a common sign of HVD.

I urge you to join the national discussion surrounding HVD. It could save your or a loved one’s life.

For more information, you can visit www.ValveDiseaseDay.org.

Sue Peschin, president and CEO for the Alliance for Aging Research

Washington, D.C.

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