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Mueller Report: All for naught? Not really!

Our country has been through over two years of Russia-Trump collusion hysteria.It was started by and investigated by the same participants! Efforts to hoodwink the American public were successful. Mueller’s report was devoid of his own hard decision about collusion and obstruction intentionally. Was this all for naught? Not really!

This so-called investigation was perpetrated in order to manipulate the perception of President Trump and his administration. It worked! The DNC gained the House and brought their sought after radical, socialist-inspired new members to Congress. Muller left the summary to be written by the new Attorney General, Barr, as planned. This left it wide open for rejection by Nancy Pelosi under the guise of claiming a cover-up. This continuation of a hoax is necessary to bring about their agenda of either a successful impeachment of Trump or a victory by a Democratic presidential candidate in the 2020 elections.

Sadly the slanderous, unverified claims of collusion, obstruction and treason will continue. America deserves and requires better!

Ken Lane, Council Bluffs


April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

The majority of child abuse cases in Iowa stem from situations and conditions that are entirely preventable in an engaged and supportive community. A community that cares about early childhood development, parent support and maternal mental health, for instance, is more likely to see families nurturing children who are born healthy and enter school ready to learn.

Approximately 80 percent of the substantiated acts of child abuse and neglect are committed by parents or family members. A lack of parenting skills, knowledge and support is cited as the primary reason. Yet, we continue to ignore the overwhelming need to prepare parents and caregivers better.

If we work together to change the way society values and supports the well-being of children and families and if we can change the cultural attitude to ensure that healthy, safe and nurturing experiences are supported by the actions of every individual and every community, then “preventing child abuse” no longer describes simply the ‘cause’ we each support; but rather, it begins to describe the ‘effect’ of all that we do together.

April’s observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month reminds us all of our responsibility to make positive choices that will impact the safety and well-being of children. Beyond the choices we make every day to assure our own children receive nurturing, loving experiences every day, we can make choices that will affect change at the community level on the systems that support healthy community and family development.

Child abuse and neglect robs so many of our society’s children of their childhood and their sense of security and well-being. And while no one can do everything, everyone can do something. Consider becoming involved in our community by volunteering in a children’s program, mentoring a young person or parent, or donating money to an organization that supports families. We all can have a meaningful impact in the lives of children throughout the community.

During this Child Abuse Prevention Month, let us celebrate that many parts of our community are coming together to create positive, healthy environments that support children’s development. A Mayoral Proclamation will be held Saturday, April 13 at 10:45 a.m. at the Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park. We will join other cities and towns in the metro as they issue a proclamation in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention.

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Patricia Russmann, Council Bluffs


Where was Axne right after the flood?

With all of the damage our state (and Nebraska) has seen from flooding over the last several weeks, I was frustrated to see Rep. (Cindy) Axne noticeably absent for most of the week. She made an appearance for some photo and posted it on Twitter, but where was she the entire week prior? Seems like the picture was just for show. Other high level officials like Kim Reynolds, Joni Ernst, Chuck Grassley, as well as some state and local politicians were out there right after the flood, pushing for recovery solutions and money for Iowa. Less than three months into her new job, Cindy Axne is already a no-show at a time when her constituents need her the most. It’s clear we can’t rely on her.

For the record, this is not about political party. I would be just as outraged if a Republican, Libertarian, independent or any other party affiliation did the same thing.

Lenny Scaletta, Council Bluffs

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