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Letter to the Editor

By Staff | Sep 11, 2009

To the EDN:

Earlier this year our own Iowa Supreme Court in its infinite wisdom came down with a ruling that now permits gay marriage in the state of Iowa for the first time in our history. In fact, it was such a “monumental ruling” that one young EDN columnist wrote a column praising the Court for their “courageous, forward thinking” action that finally was freeing Iowa citizens from the tyranny and bondage we had all been under these past 150-plus years since Iowa became a state.

I must admit at the time, her column and perspective had me in tears. Not tears of joy for gay couple’s new found “freedom,” but sadness for a young person who could have such a perspective on the court’s most controversial ruling. As I recall, she compared it to Lincoln freeing the slaves and the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Now, the Estherville Daily News brings us the sad news that one of the men convicted in the 1996 murder of an Estherville area teen and sentenced to 50 years in prison, has had his conviction overturned by the Iowa Court of Appeals. My understanding is his conviction was overturned on the basis of some “right to a speedy trial” issue which was not followed to the “Nth degree.” The court is now sending him back to be allowed to go free. (To my utter surprise, the Court in their great wisdom did not also attribute their ruling to “Global Warming.” That would have sealed the deal!)

What’s next? I suspect the man will NOT get off entirely. The court will accept a plea bargain where the convicted man pleads guilty to “destroying public property,” is set free and you and I as taxpayers will pay him a big dollar settlement for all the time he spent in prison because he was “wrongly convicted.”

Too much sarcasm for such a serious matter. How did we get to this point in our state and in our nation where the courts continue to be “stuck on stupid?” One answer. Liberal judges. Liberal judges never took the class titled “Common Sense 101” when they were in law school. Thus the rulings we read about in our newspapers every day. At one time in our nation’s history, we executed people when they were convicted for killing someone else. Today, the few who are sentenced to death, spend 20 years or more on death row before they get their just reward. If they are not released on some appeal. Most convicted killers get life in prison, because “bleeding hearts” nationwide have determined the death penalty is “cruel punishment.” You and I as taxpayers then get a “life sentence” to pay the bill for care of these individuals who made the decision to take someone’s life.

I have often thought it is probably best the World War II generation is largely gone now as they don’t have to look at the mess our country is now in. Our courts, Cap and Trade energy policy, government attempts to run our health care, end of life government counseling, taking the CIA to court, bringing Dick Cheney before Congress to explain his actions in helping to keep the nation safe for eight years, etc. Many are now saying in reference to our President and the Congress … “The inmates are in now in charge of the asylum.” When I look at our President, the many czars he has hired, his advisors and other appointments he has made, I can’t disagree. Many of the President’s appointments are people who have questionable backgrounds and have made racial inflammatory statements which raise doubts as to whether you and I are getting the best and brightest people to fill these vital slots in the administration. In fact, if these individuals were white, they would have been “bounced” already by a relentless mainstream press (CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC) who routinely gives people of color a pass on inflammatory statements made, whereas white people are crucified for the slightest slip of the tongue. THIS IS WRONG. The color of your skin should not be a factor in determining your responsibility for what comes out of your mouth.

In conclusion, how’s that change you voted for last fall doing for you so far? Strap yourself in for the ride as I do not think you have seen anything yet. We still have three more years to go, maybe seven years! Will the last person to leave, please turn out the light on this great experiment we knew as America.

Larry Loeschen

Estherville

Letter to the Editor

By Staff | Sep 11, 2009

To the EDN:

“Somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly, Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read about the freedom of the press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right!” Spoken by a truly wise man.

Why do I feel like the year it was mentioned is a million light years away? Because our freedoms are slipping through our fingers and we are content to let it happen.

First let me state we need healthcare reform, BUT not so fast that no one thinks about the ramifications of some of the decisions being made. Everyone seems to think they are going to get something for cheap, cheap. First, if services cannot be reimbursed to the doctors, clinics, hospitals etc. so they to can make a profit, they will close. Our services will suffer. No there are no ‘death panels.” But if this happens, you can take a number and hope to be seen by someone that knows what they are doing. As Senator (DR.) Tom Coburn stated “it will give us an opportunity to stand in a line.” Therefore when the quality of care declines, death will come sooner rather than later. I want to find the documentation that states CLEARLY we will not be paying for abortions. I hear it from everyone in favor of this thing, but wonder where the chapter and verse is. They tell us to “TRUST” them. The people questioning health care reform are accused of using internet lies and half truths. Where are the healthcare reform people getting all their “good” information? At Congressman Tom Latham’s meeting one woman was quoting chapter and verse from the actual bill. She had some pretty scary information. Mr. Latham stated ANY change in our private insurance would kick us out of it and force us into the government care. They mention “heavy fines” on households that will not take out health insurance. Tell me people how do they collect these “heavy fines” from unemployed or just the freeloaders?? Put them in our overcrowded jails?

This party will not deal with Tort reform, simply because there are too many dollars coming in from the trial lawyers. How can they claim to do away with the stupidity or waste in our healthcare system, when they will allow frivolous and expensive lawsuits to continue to plague our medical community and continue to force our doctors to do more tests? Believe me, there is plenty of blame to go around to everyone, Republican and Democrat and us voters for letting them get away with it.

We cannot pay our way now, how do they expect to pay for this? We have a government that is trillions of dollars in debt. They continue to print more money.

Hello, does anyone have a problem with that? When the Chinese come in and take us over everyone will wonder how the heck that happened. Also, how did we get all the Czars? How did we let that happen? Some of the suggestions for helping to pay for this seem to include taxes on insurance companies, makers of medical equipment etc. Who pays those taxes? Ultimately the consumer.

We workers are going to get sick of being the pack mules and then we can all look for the free ride. I know that there are a lot of people out there looking for jobs, that have lost their jobs, and my heart goes out to them. We also have a society that loves to freeload. Personally we lost our jobs a few years ago to countries that have cheap labor and no regulations. We know what that is like.

I have tried to become more educated on our government in the past year. I always voted and studied the candidates, but I never thought I would be as politically motivated as I am today. I remain scared to death for my freedoms in this country and what we are leaving our future generations. Nothing anyone can say will ease my apprehension about where this country is headed. At this time in my life I am honored to be called a “tea bagger.” Thanks!

By the way, the verse was a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the eve of his assassination, 1968. Wow great quote, great man!

Betty Fernholz,

Estherville