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Grassley asked to save democracy

Sen. Chuck Grassley,

You were happy to endorse Donald Trump for POTUS. You also were happy to ignore the intent of our Constitution by refusing to allow hearings of President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court justice nomination.

Your actions supported a man who as president is showing he wants to be a “ruler” not a “negotiator.”

President Trump’s choices of cabinet members and advisers have weakened the United States. I fear for our future.

Can you help save our democracy?

Roger Schnittjer

Mount Vernon

No link between gun violence and poverty

Regarding the Jan. 15 article “SET Task Force close to making its final report”:

Here we go again. Nineteen city leaders form a “task force” to jam a manufactured narrative; the “link” between gun violence and poverty, down our throats. They, of course, offer their recommendations, i.e. transfer our money to the poor neighborhoods via government-funded job programs.

There is no link. Using a gun is a choice. Millions in our nation live in poverty, but do not choose to use a gun. Poverty, many times, is the result of bad choices or unfortunate circumstances in life. Poor people can’t even afford a gun. So how does poverty give rise to gun violence?

The task force’s conclusion must be poverty and they have to make the link to gun violence to fit their narrative.

Criminals don’t want to work (or obey our laws) so why job programs? Crime is so much easier than working. Remember the writer who wanted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to come in and do a study on violence in Cedar Rapids? How’d that go? Improve trust in the affected communities? Non-starter.

TJ Sotomayor on YouTube, offers a primer for those who still don’t get it.


Most of the gun violence in Cedar Rapids happens on the SE side. It’s the parents’ job to teach their kids right from wrong. If the parents won’t take charge of their kids, the police will.

Evan Vulich

Cedar Rapids

Your freedoms shouldn’t infringe on mine

The Jan. 29 Insight section contained a column and a guest column demonstrating the same problem: Our freedoms only extend to the point that they don’t infringe on the freedoms of others.

Lynda Waddington in her column “Vaccine bill risks health for freedom” addressed the problem of parents who don’t want to have their children vaccinated. In 1954, the neighbor girl, her father, my sister and I all came down with polio. The father died. In 1955, the hospital ward I had been in had 10 cases all year, compared to 1,000 in 1954. In 1956 zero, thanks to the Salk vaccine. Polio still exists in three countries that don’t vaccinate.

Parents who fail to vaccinate their children risk someone bringing it to this country and infecting them. You can carry polio viruses for weeks and spread it, without getting it. My mother, being a good neighbor, went to the neighbors to help, not realizing she could carry it back to us. She never got sick, we did. Refusing to have vaccinations infringes on everyone’s freedom to avoid major illnesses.

I read David Goodner’s guest column, “Why protesters blocked I-80.” Blocking any roadway infringes on the right of others to use it. Blocking Interstate 80 could have caused a major accident. The right to infringe on my right to drive on the highway is not guaranteed by freedom of speech, or any other “freedoms.” Many laws have been passed to keep my freedoms from infringing on yours.

Bill Ashby


Repealing ACA will hurt families

In these uncertain times, working families value the safety and security of health coverage more than ever. Some members of Congress are discussing making major changes to our core health system in the United States, including repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without a replacement and making major, damaging changes to Medicaid, CHIP, and Medicare.

Repealing the ACA alone would leave tens of millions of Americans — almost 30 million people — without the security of health coverage and affect millions more who have benefited greatly from the new law through improvements such as free preventive care and people with pre-existing conditions no longer being denied coverage.

In order to keep our families safe and our economy and communities healthy we must have quality, affordable health care.

Kris Johnson

Iowa City

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