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Americans of a Lesser God?

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I came across this honest piece at the excellent Blog for Iowa.  Sounds like it was originally published in my home-town newspaper, The Burlington Hawk-Eye.  [That’s beautiful Burlington,  left, at the top.]

I had the following published in the Burlington newspaper last Saturday. I offer it here for people to use, distribute further, etc. My essay is a little long and rambling, but I have been silent too long. And we dare not lose this fight.

David Ure
Burlington, Iowa

~To what lesser God do those people who have no health care insurance belong? What sin did they commit? I have no doubt some of them have made mistakes, made bad choices, engaged in illegal or immoral activities in some instances, didn’t get themselves elected to the state house or Congress; but not all 47 million plus.

The time has come, if we are to continue to call ourselves a nation of God and faith and fairness, for every American to have health insurance. My preference is to plop everyone into Medicare whose operational costs are half to 2/3 lower than the private sector, and allow the insurance companies the opportunity to sell all of us supplemental policies as my elderly, now long-gone, relatives purchased for years.

But I won’t say it has to be this way or nothing. More than anything else, I want to see coverage in place for everyone, and for it to be there in as direct and obvious a manner as can be cobbled together. Read the rest of this entry »

Iowa tightens up on factory-farm water polluters

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Good news from Blog for Iowa: A renewed and extended anti-pollution bill bans spreading of liquid manure on frozen and snow-covered ground over a longer part of the year than ever before.  The bill has passed the Iowa House and is expected to pass unchanged in the Senate.
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Victory for Clean Water!  Iowa House Passes Bill Extending Ban on Manure Application

Due to widespread pressure from members of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI) and other environmental groups from all across the state, the Iowa House passed SF 432 with strong amendments today. This bill will ban the application of factory farm liquid manure on snow-covered ground during the winter months [extending the ban to start December 21, vs. February 1 in the original version] and bans application on frozen ground between Feb. 1 and April 1.

In the past few years, Iowa has nearly doubled the number of waterways on the impaired waterways list and … the United States Geological Survey pointed to Iowa as one of the leading contributors to the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

The bill also requires the DNR to give progress reports to the appropriate legislative committees on the impact on Iowa’s water quality. The bill now goes to the Senate where it is expected to pass as is

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Our beautiful state has become the sewer of the midwest.  There’s a long ways to go before we Iowans can hold our heads up downstream, but this is an important and hopeful development.

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