What we have lost

Mueller said he was innocent so all the talking heads and the swamp’s prevailing occupants declared a holiday.

America has elected a carnival crook with the morals of an alley cat who could not pass a seventh grade civics test.

The Democrats are not vicious enough or smart enough to counter this degenerate. The good old United “Snakes” of America is in for six more years of Republican rule.

If you think this megalomaniac will leave after being president, you are whistling Dixie in the dark.

This country is so divided and misled by the obstreperous Republicans, we have lost all out traditions and norms, never to gain them back.

Dick Jones

Council Bluffs

Iowa needs enforcement cameras to catch speeders

The state should set up their own speed enforcement cameras along state highways and zap the violators. The state would have so much money, they wouldn’t know what to do with it, instead of pulling the money away from “city speed cameras.”

If the Republicans and the religious extremists that force their oppressive and tyrannical control over women’s wombs really lived up to their titles of “pro-life,” they’d demand there be speed enforcement cameras along every road, at every intersection, hidden and mobile, strict enforcement of all crash prevention laws and set the speed limit back to 55 mph. Their opposition to speed limits and enforcement makes me see how phony they really are. That sanctity of life surly gets dumped when speed is the issue.

They get their election funding from big money/big business/big trucking and places that consider “time, profits and schedule” of greater value than the lives that get ran over.

The inconsistencies and hypocrisy that’s in the Republicans and religionists has made me dump both of them.

Herman Lenz

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Sumner

Iowa needs ‘voluntary’ nutrient reduction strategy

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 in not working because there is little participation. At the 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 & D.G. Partridge

Wall Lake

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