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Some love for city employees

I recently stumbled upon something very, educational yet entertaining. It was written by someone that works for the city. The letter had the vibe almost like the “12 Days of Christmas.” It gave positive things done this year by the city. The number of people it has dealt with in 911, number of council meetings, things in general. The very things that everyday people forget that the city takes care of.

It would do the city some good to have it published. Let them know that they are doing a good job and the people of Council Bluffs are proud of the things they did accomplish last year.

Just saying a little recognition to the people who handle all of our day to day problems could go a long way.Thanks for listening to opinion.

Boueic Meisel, Council Bluffs


A matter of ‘faith’

This is a retort to an Omaha World-Herald article “American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith” (March 3, 2019).

I regret not being able to view the exhibit being displayed by the National Museum of American History. I do hope that staff writer, Blake Ursch, is reflecting his own interpretation instead of what would be perceived by me or others with similar views and life experiences. The length of the article was really just an embellishment of the crux of Ursch’s intended and so common, flagrant attacks against President Trump and his administration.

In our democratic form of government it dictates the supreme power is vested in legal , voting citizens. It is suppose to be exercised via a system of periodic elected candidates not by holdovers, unelected bureaucrats and judges with a social justice agenda.

Mr. Ursch referenced Freedom House, a government funded watchdog organization cited by political scientist. He also included writings by several members of Nebraska’s academic community. A free press, mistreatment of migrants plus free and fair elections is part of their focus. Government funding for Freedom House makes their conclusions suspect when entrenched personnel, possibly biased, are in charge.

The “faith” in “great leap of faith” also bothers me. Faith can be: something that is believed without conviction or belief in something for which there is no proof. I believe both definitions are in play.

Ken Lane, Council Bluffs


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Competition missing from American model of pharmaceutical enterprise

Senator Grassley’s office notified me that he’s presently chairing the Finance Committee’s second round of hearings on the very high drug prices that we individuals and the federal government, through the Medicaid and Medicare programs, are forced to pay.

In the Senator’s words: “Patients and taxpayers deserve to hear from leaders in the industry about what’s behind this unsustainable trend and what can be done to lower costs.”

In my response, I suggested a solution to the problem: I’m glad to know that you continue to take an interest in the outrageous costs that Americans pay for prescription drugs. None of the other economically developed countries pay the exorbitant prices that we do. That is because they all have either totally socialized health care programs or a mixed form of nationalized health care insurance with private insurance options, such as Switzerland.

So, it seems to me that you are not really addressing the root cause of sky high drug prices. The competitive edge afforded countries that have a single health care provider is based on simple economies of scale, which give these countries the ability to negotiate fair prices with pharmaceutical companies.

Open up Medicare as a health insurance option available on the exchange and a rapid and significant decline in drug prices will take care of itself. There’s nothing socialized about such an option.

Indeed, it just puts in place the basic principle of capitalism: competition, which is the dynamic currently missing from our American model of pharmaceutical enterprise.

Steven Pokorny, Urbandale

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