Supervisor districts ‘unnecessary, reactive’

In reference to the Jan. 15 Nonpareil story “Ballot initiative to create Supervisors districts underway,” written by Mike Brownlee, I would like to submit the following comments to the editor.

Creating separate Supervisor districts is not a good use of the county resources. It appears to be an unnecessary, reactive response from a defeated candidate who is pleading for change for his benefit. Poor taste Mr. Hurst. I loved in the article where it said, “Belt noted during the forum, “Council Bluffs wasn’t complaining when there were five rural representatives on the board. It’s ebb and flow.”

The first job qualification for a Pottawattamie County Supervisor should not be limited by a candidate’s specific residential address in the county.

Let’s not sign this petition and rather advocate for the continuation of one county with shared goals, to be one impactful group. We are better together.

Jenny Lidgett, Council Bluffs


‘Reality TV style of government’

The Trump/Republican shutdown continues, some federal employees are not being paid and some are being forced to work without pay. Weeks ago the Senate approved a bill, almost unanimously, that would have taken care of everything but Homeland Security. It would have extended that funding into February.

President Donald Trump said he would sign that bill. Fox News and the likes of Rush Limbaugh then told him not to and he listened to them instead of the Republican-controlled Senate. Don’t recall finding Fox News on the ballot of the last election.

The new Democratic House passed the bill, sent it back to the Senate, but the Republican leadership refuses to put it up for a vote. Apparently it might cause Trump to “lose face.” He says that he is fine with the shutdown lasting months or years. Sad, and Republicans refuse to call him out on the lies he’s spouting.

Tell Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst to get this bill passed and if necessary override a veto. Disgusted with this reality TV style of government.

Jim Wearne, Council Bluffs


Wall not the answer

I am not an immigrant, but I know people who proudly embrace their immigrant status. When people discuss immigrants, in particular, those who immigrate illegally, they describe them as criminals, thieves, and bandits. Far too often the actions of a few are interpreted as the actions of all.

The continued marginalization of populations only leads to the continued separation and alienation of both immigrants and Americans. President Donald Trump believes his wall will stop illegal immigration but he is forgetting that those who want something bad enough will always find a way.

We bash immigrants while we call home a country built by immigrants. It is our duty as advertisers of the “American Dream” to understand, welcome, and advocate for those who were born into a nightmare.

For many, the immigration process is too lengthy and their homeland is too unsafe to wait in line to most likely be denied. We must sympathize with those who have known nothing but war and seek nothing but safety.

According to the Washington Post, American born citizens commit more crimes than undocumented immigrants. In Texas alone, around 1,700 per 100,000 native-born citizens have committed a crime while only 700 per 100,000 of undocumented immigrants are criminals.

Shall we cast out all those who break the law no matter the circumstances? We must not always regard the law as absolute; after all, several of the most influential changes were made through rebellion.

We mustn’t continue with black and white thinking when we live in a gray world. We mustn’t continue to seek simple answers to complicated problems. The issue of illegal immigration is far too complex to be solved by a simple wall. In 2015, 7.1 percent of immigrants left their homeland and came to America seeking safety, 95,891 of which were asylees or refugees ( First, it was a travel ban, now it’s a wall — are we to deny all those who seek to escape their perilous homeland? If so, our hands will be stained red by the blood of those we’ve denied.

Krista Meyer, Council Bluffs


Wall definition in context

One of the definitions of a wall is: an extreme or desperate position or a state of defeat, failure, or ruin.

Pelosi and Schumer are in an extreme desperate position.

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A win by President Donald Trump would help defeat their plan of flooding America with future subservient voters. It might also help to ruin their chances for impeachment of Trump or at least bring failure to his 2020 presidential race.

It appears that a Trump-wall might be more than just concrete or steel for the anti-Trump forces and their agenda.

Ken Lane, Council Bluffs


Let’s step up our protections of children vehicle passengers

Iowa ranks fourth in the nation for child fatalities from car accidents; following only Mississippi, New Mexico, and North Dakota — in 2016 24 Iowa children under the age of 14 died. This is according to a report by Safewise and published by the Cedar Rapids Gazette on Nov. 27 and and the Iowa City Press Citizen on Dec. 7. The leading cause is improper seat belt and car seat usage. People are turning their children forward too soon and using seat belts instead of booster seats.

Iowa laws do not conform to evidence based best practices recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics:

1. Infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing seat until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by the seat’s manufacturer; usually 2 years or more.

2. Next, children use a forward facing seat with a harness up to the weight or height allowed by the seat’s manufacturer.

3. They then use a belt positioning booster seat until the vehicle lap and shoulder seat belt fits properly, typically when they’ve reached 4 ft 9 in and are between 8 and 12 years of age.

4. Children 13 and under should be restrained in rear seats once they’ve left booster seats.

Rear facing car seats better support the head, neck, and spine of infants and toddlers in a crash and they are five times safer during a side crash. Please contact your state representatives, senators, and Gov. Kim Reynolds today about the urgent need to change Iowa’s outdated child passenger safety laws.

Carol Sula, Dubuque

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