Skip to main content
You have permission to edit this article.
Edit
Letter: A suitable reply
topical

Letter: A suitable reply

{{featured_button_text}}

I was quite taken aback by the article in the Thursday, Oct. 8, edition of this newspaper.

Growing up and attending school in Walcott in the 1950s and '60s, my dad and his brothers, who were livestock truckers, hauled countless loads for Dale Paustian, Ross Paustian's dad.

I remember the Paustian family as not only outstanding stewards of the soil but upstanding and active community members.

Obviously, the people who are filing this complaint are the ones who go to the supermarket or grocery store and think that everything on the shelves appear there through magic or divine intervention. Our farmers feed the world and as the population continues to expand, any means necessary to increase production of healthful, affordable foodstuffs should be followed. Maybe their concerns should be focused elsewhere, such as when they’re enjoying an Asian meal with rice grown in southeast Asia they can come to terms with the fact that the product was most likely fertilized with human excrement.

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement member Edith Haenel’s statement, "When elected officials use their positions of power to block bills from even being discussed by a sub-committee, they are single-handedly compromising the democratic process" should be genuinely heeded – by Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Adam Schiff, and the rest of the Democrat ilk.

Having myself spread a significant amount of bulls**t, both literally and figuratively, Ross’ reply to these charges in the Friday edition was exactly what it should have been. He has my vote!

Don Gradin

Eldridge

4
0
0
0
0

Catch the latest in Opinion

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Most Popular

As a local Democrat, I’ve had the opportunity to appear as a panelist on the program "4 the Record" opposite both former Scott County Republican Chair Dave Millage and Rock Island County Chair Drue Mielke.

I doubt if there is a U.S. politician, alive or dead, who at some point in their career didn't use the metaphor "fight" in a speech. I read President Trump's speech in its entirety and couldn't find anything in it that incited the crowd in Washington, D.C., to violence.

Scott Reeder’s (Jan. 14) column regarding police abuse in Illinois needs to be countered. He states that "Black and brown people have borne the brunt of police abuses for centuries.” And "Black people are treated far more harshly by law enforcement than their white counterparts." And so we have a new police reform law in Illinois that is over 700 pages long, passed at 3:50 a.m. in a lame-duck session over the objections of citizens and police personnel.

With Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Apple, Google, Amazon, YouTube, etc., concluding that President Trump stepped way over the line and terminated his accounts, I’m hearing an argument that social media is silencing conservative voices. That is simply not the case.

It is disturbing to read the comments of Reps. Mariannette Miller-Meeks and Ashley Hinson and Gov. Kim Reynolds, all asserting a belief there was fraud in the elections. Virtually every state election official, over 60 court cases, including the U.S. Supreme Court, and former Attorney General Bill Barr all said the elections were fair and free of fraud. Despite this, there are already Republican efforts to tighten the voting rules in the name of "election integrity."

Americans need to understand the Republican Party is really the radical right party. The radical Republican right tried to overturn a free and fair election with senators, representatives, and yes the president, encouraging a lawless mob of thugs, insurrectionists and criminals to storm the United States Capitol.

Many constitutional problems have been exposed by the riot of Jan. 6. Some structural changes would be very helpful. One would be to eliminate the Electoral College and have a national popular vote election. Another is to have term- and age-limits for officeholders.

The Associated Press article written by Aamer Madhani that appeared on page A7 of the Jan. 17 edition entitled "Trump widened racial gap with rhetoric, actions" was an opinion piece that should have been labeled as such or put in an opinion section of the paper.

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.

Topics

News Alerts

Breaking News