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I've never been able to understand the depth of hatred some have shown for such a nice man, President Obama. Today it finally hit me.

I was thinking about President Abraham Lincoln, and how I had read somewhere that 35 percent of the voters had hated him. I just bet the 35 percent who hate Obama are direct descendants of Lincoln\u2019s haters. Hate must run so deep in their DNA that it's hereditary. Sure, now I figure it out.

If we had known this eight years ago, we wouldn't have been wondering about it all this time, and could have just given them a pass, because it's something beyond their control. Dang.

Tom Hebbeln

Davenport

"}, {"id":"68c6aba5-a88f-57aa-aaba-a1c4acc7abe5","type":"article","starttime":"1485156600","starttime_iso8601":"2017-01-23T01:30:00-06:00","sections":[{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Support fair with corn dog check-off","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_68c6aba5-a88f-57aa-aaba-a1c4acc7abe5.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-support-fair-with-corn-dog-check-off/article_68c6aba5-a88f-57aa-aaba-a1c4acc7abe5.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-support-fair-with-corn-dog-check-off/article_68c6aba5-a88f-57aa-aaba-a1c4acc7abe5.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"The Iowa State Fair\u2019s evolution from a stock show to today\u2019s agricultural, industrial and entertainment extravaganza is a reflection of Iowa\u2019s evolution from an un-tilled prairie to the center of the nation\u2019s food production. The Iowa State Fair has been the historical trademark of progress and I am humbled to serve on the governing board.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["mcconnell","iowa state fair","iowa state fairgrounds","blue ribbon foundation","agriculture","iowa","food production","grandfather s barn","barns","renovation","tax return","corn dog check-off","check-off","finance","building industry","corn dog","fund","barn","state fair"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","revision":2,"commentID":"68c6aba5-a88f-57aa-aaba-a1c4acc7abe5","body":"

The Iowa State Fair\u2019s evolution from a stock show to today\u2019s agricultural, industrial and entertainment extravaganza is a reflection of Iowa\u2019s evolution from an un-tilled prairie to the center of the nation\u2019s food production. The Iowa State Fair has been the historical trademark of progress and I am humbled to serve on the governing board.

Since 1993, the Blue Ribbon Foundation raised funds for the restoration and preservation for our fairgrounds. The first renovation of Grandfather\u2019s Barn and the first new building constructed, the Service Center, were the beginning. Barns and buildings across the fairgrounds were improved, from electrical updates, restroom improvements, construction of a state-of-the-art exhibition center. The Blue Ribbon Foundation has been determined to make the Iowa State Fairgrounds one of the best.

The Blue Ribbon Foundation offered the corn dog check-off as a way for Iowans to financially support their efforts. While completing your Iowa tax return, check-off a donation to provide funding for future renovations and building enhancements and maintenance, ensuring the fair will be a grand tradition. Donations will be deducted from your refund or added to the amount due. Contributions to the corn dog check-off are fully tax-deductible.

The fair is the ever-changing reflection of what\u2019s best about Iowa. Over the years, the fair has never veered from its primary purposes: The celebration of excellence, recognition of individual achievement, and the enhancement of agriculture. I look forward to the 2017 Iowa State Fair, Aug. 10 \u2013 20 and hope to have your support for the corn dog check-off.

Gary McConnell

Bloomfield, Iowa

Editor\u2019s note: McConnell is with the Iowa State Fair Board Southeast District

"}, {"id":"ae359cbd-fc3f-5761-a2bb-cf2a5eda1df8","type":"article","starttime":"1485156600","starttime_iso8601":"2017-01-23T01:30:00-06:00","sections":[{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Trump's greatest con","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_ae359cbd-fc3f-5761-a2bb-cf2a5eda1df8.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-trump-s-greatest-con/article_ae359cbd-fc3f-5761-a2bb-cf2a5eda1df8.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-trump-s-greatest-con/article_ae359cbd-fc3f-5761-a2bb-cf2a5eda1df8.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"President Donald Trump has accomplished in his reality, his best con yet. He has just become president of the United States. He not only fooled his supporters, he also conned the Electoral College, not that the popular vote means that much. He stated many times over, that he was going to drain the swamp in Washington, wherein reality he has brought more sewer rats into his cabinet. Apparently, he\u2019s now unhappy with facts brought to light on any news channel that questions his agenda, so he wants them investigated.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["fordham","donald trump","con man","electoral college","popular vote","joe biden","russian hackers","2016 presidential election","politics","news","mark","channel","supporter"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","revision":2,"commentID":"ae359cbd-fc3f-5761-a2bb-cf2a5eda1df8","body":"

President Donald Trump has accomplished in his reality, his best con yet. He has just become president of the United States. He not only fooled his supporters, he also conned the Electoral College, not that the popular vote means that much.

He stated many times over, that he was going to drain the swamp in Washington, wherein reality he has brought more sewer rats into his cabinet. Apparently, he\u2019s now unhappy with facts brought to light on any news channel that questions his agenda, so he wants them investigated.

I agree with former Vice President Joe Biden, it\u2019s time that Donald Trump grew up and stop acting like a spoiled brat. He wants to defend Russia\u2019s action involving our election, saying it had no effect on the presidential election.

He lied, but why would that be a surprise, this is what confidence men are best at. They find a mark and then work that mark until they achieve their final goal.

Ken Fordham

Eldridge

"}, {"id":"3ee6c7dc-42af-5723-9add-c21828d606a4","type":"article","starttime":"1485156600","starttime_iso8601":"2017-01-23T01:30:00-06:00","sections":[{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Access to medical care matters","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_3ee6c7dc-42af-5723-9add-c21828d606a4.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-access-to-medical-care-matters/article_3ee6c7dc-42af-5723-9add-c21828d606a4.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-access-to-medical-care-matters/article_3ee6c7dc-42af-5723-9add-c21828d606a4.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"Several years ago, I suffered a heart attack at the age of 33. It was caused by a little understood and oft misdiagnosed condition known as spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD), which until recently was usually diagnosed upon autopsy. I have subsequently been diagnosed with anti-phospholipid syndrome and lupus. It is also possible that I have a condition called fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD), although it is very difficult to diagnose, but has been associated with SCAD and its recurrence.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["stoefen","affordable care act","aca","health care","health care costs","pre-existing conditions","health insurance","illness","donald trump","congress","republicans","medical care","uninsured","medicine","hospital","access","survivor","heart attack","repeal","spontaneous coronary artery dissection"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","revision":2,"commentID":"3ee6c7dc-42af-5723-9add-c21828d606a4","body":"

Several years ago, I suffered a heart attack at the age of 33. It was caused by a little understood and oft misdiagnosed condition known as spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD), which until recently was usually diagnosed upon autopsy.

I have subsequently been diagnosed with anti-phospholipid syndrome and lupus. It is also possible that I have a condition called fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD), although it is very difficult to diagnose, but has been associated with SCAD and its recurrence.

Medical care matters. I have access, and it made all the difference for me. I am a part of an online support group for the worldwide survivors of heart attacks caused by SCAD. Countless women in this group are afraid with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), they will not have access to care.

If the ACA is repealed, people like me who have good coverage, though also have a history of unexpected illness may lose coverage due to a pre-existing condition. I have been in the hospital many times and the million dollar cap was surpassed several years ago. With the repeal of the ACA, I would be uninsurable.

There are countless people who have survived tragic diagnoses only because of the ACA. My plea is for the incoming administration and Congress is to consider their positions on this issue. Do not repeal the Affordable Care Act without a viable replacement, keeping clauses for pre-existing conditions and coverage caps intact.

Denying access to health care is not consistent with doing the right thing.

Anne Stoefen

Eldridge

"}, {"id":"f92eb83c-91a0-53d8-8de6-b71c80d76e83","type":"article","starttime":"1485070200","starttime_iso8601":"2017-01-22T01:30:00-06:00","sections":[{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Make Congress liable for ACA repeal","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_f92eb83c-91a0-53d8-8de6-b71c80d76e83.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-make-congress-liable-for-aca-repeal/article_f92eb83c-91a0-53d8-8de6-b71c80d76e83.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-make-congress-liable-for-aca-repeal/article_f92eb83c-91a0-53d8-8de6-b71c80d76e83.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"I have to say that maybe I have been wrong in my previous letters to the editor when I criticized President-elect Donald Trump. He has finally promoted a plan that I completely endorse. On Saturday, Jan. 14, Trump had an interview about health care with Robert Costa who writes for the Washington Post. Trump stated that \u201cwe\u2019re going to have insurance for everybody.\u201d He said that lower-income Americans \u201ccan expect to have great health care.\u201d","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["wellnitz","donald trump","health care","affordable care act","obamacare","president obama","health insurance","low income","congress","bob costa","washington post","congressional republicans","politics","plan","interview","robert costa","representative"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","revision":3,"commentID":"f92eb83c-91a0-53d8-8de6-b71c80d76e83","body":"

I have to say that maybe I have been wrong in my previous letters to the editor when I criticized President-elect Donald Trump. He has finally promoted a plan that I completely endorse.

On Saturday, Jan. 14, Trump had an interview about health care with Robert Costa who writes for the Washington Post. Trump stated that \u201cwe\u2019re going to have insurance for everybody.\u201d He said that lower-income Americans \u201ccan expect to have great health care.\u201d

That is exactly what most of us have been asking for all along and what Congress should have been working on for the past six years, instead of voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act 60 times with no replacement planned.

We all should be contacting our representatives and asking them to get on board and pass the legislation that Trump is promising. Do not let this slip by, we need to make them accountable. Call, write or visit your congressional offices to get this to happen.

Ken Wellnitz

Davenport

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Regarding the Quad-City Times Sunday, Jan. 15 Home and Garden article by Alma Gaul, \u201cOld barn morphs into new house,\u201d I must confess, while driving by the barn tucked into a bluff, I thought, what the heck?

Now, I think heck yes. Great article, and a great deal of fun to read about the historical barn preserved and morphed into a fabulous living space.

Norah Brenny

Bettendorf

"}, {"id":"1dd5c59f-dd9d-5560-b0fa-b33a9fb9c8a5","type":"article","starttime":"1484983800","starttime_iso8601":"2017-01-21T01:30:00-06:00","sections":[{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Medicaid modernization, public fraud?","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_1dd5c59f-dd9d-5560-b0fa-b33a9fb9c8a5.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-medicaid-modernization-public-fraud/article_1dd5c59f-dd9d-5560-b0fa-b33a9fb9c8a5.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-medicaid-modernization-public-fraud/article_1dd5c59f-dd9d-5560-b0fa-b33a9fb9c8a5.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad\u2019s folly of Medicaid modernization is a dismal failure, yet he and his right-wing team continue to gasp at the vapor which emanates from the facts in the vain hope things will turn around. There has been no transparency of the program from the beginning, never any support to uphold a claim of saving $110 million per year. Today, the managed-care organizations (MCO), all who have paid millions in fines for poor or criminal operations in other states, refuse to give transparency to their claims of millions of dollars in losses in Iowa, saying public forums are not the place to express their concerns. They are denying and delaying payment of millions in claims, and people employed by health care providers are losing their jobs because of those delays.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["fish","terry branstad","medicaid modernization","iowa","managed care organizations","criminal activity","public forum","health care","health care providers","insurance","claim denials","job losses","department of human services","iowa governor","profits","fraud","mco","economics","commerce","organization","profit","million","management"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","revision":2,"commentID":"1dd5c59f-dd9d-5560-b0fa-b33a9fb9c8a5","body":"

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad\u2019s folly of Medicaid modernization is a dismal failure, yet he and his right-wing team continue to gasp at the vapor which emanates from the facts in the vain hope things will turn around.

There has been no transparency of the program from the beginning, never any support to uphold a claim of saving $110 million per year. Today, the managed-care organizations (MCO), all who have paid millions in fines for poor or criminal operations in other states, refuse to give transparency to their claims of millions of dollars in losses in Iowa, saying public forums are not the place to express their concerns. They are denying and delaying payment of millions in claims, and people employed by health care providers are losing their jobs because of those delays.

With years of management by our Department of Human Services and all those relevant records, it should have been easy to anticipate future claims and anticipated \u201csavings\u201d touted by Gov. Branstad. These MCO\u2019s should have easily garnered profits by taking over this program. Is it possible the state committed fraud against these firms by providing \u2018doctored\u2019 records?

It doesn\u2019t take much more than arithmetic to question the logic of this endeavor: A $4 billion program under very good state management, take away one-eighth ($500 million) of the money to give to outside management, and then realize an imaginary $110 million in savings? It is time to stop this program before the MCO\u2019s simply drop out. Get this fiasco under control.

Don Fish

Davenport

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Adolescents are typically intriguing, wonderful human beings. However, some of their developmental characteristics can be challenging. They can be quite moody, rapidly shifting moods, and enter into emotional, verbal conflicts in a sort of war of words.

They can be vulnerable to negative perceptions by peers and behave defensively when confronted. Their sense of self is often not yet fully developed, leaving them easily emotionally threatened and appearing thin-skinned. They can be rude to others, tend to lack empathy, and struggle with how best to fit in with society.

Adolescents can also come across as being quite self-centered, concerned only about \u201cme\u201d, and may find it difficult to see another\u2019s perspective . Some stay up late at night and find it difficult to control impulses. This impulsiveness, coupled with a need for excitement, can cause them to act before considering negatives or long-term consequences.

Adolescent behavior usually stabilizes by late teens or early twenties. Intellectual growth becomes more evident as do abstract thinking and reasoning skills. Generally, they begin conforming to rules and social mores in order to achieve long-term goals.

Research is slim on how well cantankerous 70-year-olds who have not successfully passed through the adolescent years, fare with finally attaining passage. The continued greatness of this country may well hinge on the hope that they actually can.

Ron Stuart

Bettendorf

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