[ {"id":"002dd938-297b-5451-b878-c8bedc39f952","type":"article","starttime":"1495780200","starttime_iso8601":"2017-05-26T01:30:00-05:00","sections":[{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Show respect for daily prayer","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_002dd938-297b-5451-b878-c8bedc39f952.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-show-respect-for-daily-prayer/article_002dd938-297b-5451-b878-c8bedc39f952.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-show-respect-for-daily-prayer/article_002dd938-297b-5451-b878-c8bedc39f952.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"\u201cAve, Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum; benedicta tu in mulierbus, alleluia,\u201d (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, alleluia.) This is quoted from the gospel according to St. Luke relating to what is known as the annunciation of the birth of Christ to his earthly mother, Mary.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["mcmanus","ave maria","hail mary","st. luke","gospel of luke","annunciation","jesus christ","vocabulary","politics","christianity","mary","prayer","verbiage","word","alleluia","column"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","revision":3,"commentID":"002dd938-297b-5451-b878-c8bedc39f952","body":"

\u201cAve, Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum; benedicta tu in mulierbus, alleluia,\u201d (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, alleluia.)

This is quoted from the gospel according to St. Luke relating to what is known as the annunciation of the birth of Christ to his earthly mother, Mary.

A recent column, which appeared in the Quad-City Times on May 19, used a part of that text in a way that trivializes its true meaning. The words should be quoted in full and in a proper context.

Lesser usage that have crept into our speech patterns regarding sports events, politics and the like, are offensive to many who recite those words in daily prayer.

I request that you acknowledge these facts and moderate your verbiage accordingly. Thank you.

James J. McManus

Davenport

"}, {"id":"0ebb4b21-8295-5283-963b-857ea3d5fb50","type":"article","starttime":"1495780200","starttime_iso8601":"2017-05-26T01:30:00-05:00","sections":[{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Vote Heinrichs for 3rd Ward","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_0ebb4b21-8295-5283-963b-857ea3d5fb50.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-vote-heinrichs-for-rd-ward/article_0ebb4b21-8295-5283-963b-857ea3d5fb50.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-vote-heinrichs-for-rd-ward/article_0ebb4b21-8295-5283-963b-857ea3d5fb50.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"I'm writing this on behalf of one of the candidates running for the Davenport 3rd Ward alderman in the primary election. If I were to live in the 3rd Ward, my vote would go to Joe Heinrichs. Joe comes from a great family. He is honest, trustworthy, and loyal. He would be a great alderman. I hope your vote will go to Joe.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["meyer","davenport","davenport city council","davenport alderman bill boom","alderman vacancy","primary election","special election","joe heinrichs","candidate","elected officials","politics","vote","nadine meyer","alderman","ward"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","revision":2,"commentID":"0ebb4b21-8295-5283-963b-857ea3d5fb50","body":"

I'm writing this on behalf of one of the candidates running for the Davenport 3rd Ward alderman in the primary election. If I were to live in the 3rd Ward, my vote would go to Joe Heinrichs.

Joe comes from a great family. He is honest, trustworthy, and loyal. He would be a great alderman. I hope your vote will go to Joe.

Nadine Meyer

Davenport

"}, {"id":"86b74689-51be-59fb-a125-2ea8959ce7e6","type":"article","starttime":"1495780200","starttime_iso8601":"2017-05-26T01:30:00-05:00","sections":[{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Schools lead on renewables","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_86b74689-51be-59fb-a125-2ea8959ce7e6.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-schools-lead-on-renewables/article_86b74689-51be-59fb-a125-2ea8959ce7e6.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-schools-lead-on-renewables/article_86b74689-51be-59fb-a125-2ea8959ce7e6.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"I want to thank and support the Davenport Community School District who has been considering a solar panel project for the past few months. The district has already invested in geothermal heating in several buildings, and now is reviewing how solar energy could quickly pay for itself, save taxpayers thousands of dollars, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["mccollum","davenport community school district","geothermal heating","solar energy","taxpayer money","fossil fuels","central high school","river action quad-cities","earth day","recycling","wind turbine","renewable energy","environmental protection agency","margaret mead","ecology","student","illinois","priority","taxpayer","district"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","revision":2,"commentID":"86b74689-51be-59fb-a125-2ea8959ce7e6","body":"

I want to thank and support the Davenport Community School District who has been considering a solar panel project for the past few months. The district has already invested in geothermal heating in several buildings, and now is reviewing how solar energy could quickly pay for itself, save taxpayers thousands of dollars, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

District priorities seem to be shared by Central High School students who implemented River Action projects this spring, including recycling electronics on Earth Day in an effort to keep toxic elements and rare metals out of the landfill, and building a pollinator garden to help endangered bees and butterflies. I believe there are several other local districts that have invested in wind turbines in a move toward renewable energy and cost savings.

While some state and federal environmental policies seem to be going in reverse, many communities are taking on the challenge to become 100 percent renewable by 2050. Iowa and Illinois already lead the nation in wind energy.

Why couldn\u2019t the Quad-Cities become a leader in renewable energy? We could reduce pollutants and improve our air and water, both of which have failed EPA standards in the past.

Become active. Attend city council and school board meetings and ask, \u201cWhat is your plan to convert to 100 percent renewables?\u201d As Margaret Mead said, \u201cNever doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.\u201d

Lori O\u2019Dell McCollum

Rock Island

"}, {"id":"dc4b3875-e8f3-5e10-ba26-219c868f49d5","type":"article","starttime":"1495780200","starttime_iso8601":"2017-05-26T01:30:00-05:00","sections":[{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Headline exposed bias","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_dc4b3875-e8f3-5e10-ba26-219c868f49d5.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-headline-exposed-bias/article_dc4b3875-e8f3-5e10-ba26-219c868f49d5.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-headline-exposed-bias/article_dc4b3875-e8f3-5e10-ba26-219c868f49d5.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"On Wednesday, the Quad-City Times page one headline, in huge print, was \"Budget seeks huge cuts,\" referring to the president's proposed federal budget for next year. The article identifies the total amount of the budget as $4.1 trillion. According to the Congressional Budget Office's website, this year's spending is estimated at $4.0 trillion. So there you have it, the Quad-City Times sees a 2.5 percent spending increase as a huge spending cut. Wow.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["gauss","opinion page","journalism","federal budget","donald trump","congressional budget office","federal spending","president obama","chicago tribune columnist","john kass","harvard university","media coverage","first 100 days","quad-city times","economics","column","headline","politics","page","study","coverage"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","revision":2,"commentID":"dc4b3875-e8f3-5e10-ba26-219c868f49d5","body":"

On Wednesday, the Quad-City Times page one headline, in huge print, was \"Budget seeks huge cuts,\" referring to the president's proposed federal budget for next year. The article identifies the total amount of the budget as $4.1 trillion.

According to the Congressional Budget Office's website, this year's spending is estimated at $4.0 trillion. So there you have it, the Quad-City Times sees a 2.5 percent spending increase as a huge spending cut. Wow.

But wait, perhaps the author was referring to some changes within specific spending categories. Oh yes, there are several of those changes in priorities. As President Obama said, \"Elections have consequences.\" This article was presented as fact, but should have been on the Opinion page.

However, listed on the Opinion page was a column by Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass entitled \"Media bias confirmed.\" This column cited a study by Harvard University, which studied the major media outlets coverage of President Trump's White House for his first 100 days.

The study showed that CNN and NBC reported negatively 93 percent of the time. Even the supposedly \"ultra-right wing\" Fox News was negative 52 percent of the time. Reporting statistics from a famous university seems to be more news than opinion.

Report the facts and then let the reader decide. That used to be what news was all about. I wish the Quad-City Times would return to that model.

Montie Gauss

Riverdale

"}, {"id":"762ace46-b120-54c5-bc22-e7d049c2c388","type":"article","starttime":"1495780200","starttime_iso8601":"2017-05-26T01:30:00-05:00","sections":[{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Don't get duped","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_762ace46-b120-54c5-bc22-e7d049c2c388.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-don-t-get-duped/article_762ace46-b120-54c5-bc22-e7d049c2c388.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-don-t-get-duped/article_762ace46-b120-54c5-bc22-e7d049c2c388.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"Is our global population being deliberately duped by the divide and conquer actions of politicians? A divide and conquer mantra of any politician or citizen means that we the people lose.\"Divide and conquer is manifested when we pit political party against party; thus conquering any opportunity for discussing or voting on an agenda that benefits the American or global populations.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["marcalus","divide and conquer","military strategy","julius caesar","roman empire","politicians","democrats","republicans","global communities","elected officials","constitution","health care","federal budget","immigration policy","politician","politics","committee","bidding","independent counsel","divide","citizen"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","revision":2,"commentID":"762ace46-b120-54c5-bc22-e7d049c2c388","body":"

Is our global population being deliberately duped by the divide and conquer actions of politicians?

A divide and conquer mantra of any politician or citizen means that we the people lose.\"Divide and conquer is manifested when we pit political party against party; thus conquering any opportunity for discussing or voting on an agenda that benefits the American or global populations.

Some politicians may see their role in an investigative process as an excuse to avoid discussing and/or voting on controversial legislative issues. Elected officials must bid on legislation that benefits the people.

It is easier for politicians to blame others than acknowledge their failure to complete their constitutional duties. Congress\u2019 peace and justice biddings are related to our health care, federal budget, immigration policy, environmental resources and safety, minimum wage, infrastructure rebuilding, and more.

In order for Congress to be set free to bid, politicians and citizens must welcome any independent counsel, commission, or investigative committee whose role is to preserve and defend our U.S. Constitution.

Get and stay involved in politics. Demand accountability from your elected leaders. Badger them. Write postcards, phone them, visit their office, and speak up at town hall meetings. Stay informed with all credible media resources. Don\u2019t limit your resources to any bias. Let your concerns be known through all media.

We need only to consult history to see that divide and conquer has worked toward the rise of Julius Caesar, but to the demise of the mighty Roman Empire.

Please, let\u2019s not let history repeat itself.

Annamarie Marcalus

Iowa City

"}, {"id":"7972871d-197a-56be-bed8-5eef5047efdb","type":"article","starttime":"1495780200","starttime_iso8601":"2017-05-26T01:30:00-05:00","sections":[{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Trump lacks empathy","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_7972871d-197a-56be-bed8-5eef5047efdb.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-trump-lacks-empathy/article_7972871d-197a-56be-bed8-5eef5047efdb.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-trump-lacks-empathy/article_7972871d-197a-56be-bed8-5eef5047efdb.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"Donald Trump. What were people thinking when they voted for him? He has done nothing to \"Make America Great Again.\" All he is doing with his narcissistic personality is causing drama and destruction to the nation. He is attacking the poor, the disabled, and the mentally ill. Where is his compassion for people who have disabilities? I guess when you are born with a silver spoon in your mouth, you don't care about anyone but yourself.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["rohwer","donald trump","make america great again slogan","narcissistic personality disorder","white house","budget cuts","social programs","disabilities","food stamps","politics","ill","disability","empathy","compassion","disabled","poor"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","revision":2,"commentID":"7972871d-197a-56be-bed8-5eef5047efdb","body":"

Donald Trump. What were people thinking when they voted for him? He has done nothing to \"Make America Great Again.\" All he is doing with his narcissistic personality is causing drama and destruction to the nation.

He is attacking the poor, the disabled, and the mentally ill. Where is his compassion for people who have disabilities? I guess when you are born with a silver spoon in your mouth, you don't care about anyone but yourself.

Angie Rohwer

Davenport

"}, {"id":"86c5c889-9d39-5f3c-bcf3-9c7c5c1e0e87","type":"article","starttime":"1495693800","starttime_iso8601":"2017-05-25T01:30:00-05:00","sections":[{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Discourse is key","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_86c5c889-9d39-5f3c-bcf3-9c7c5c1e0e87.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-discourse-is-key/article_86c5c889-9d39-5f3c-bcf3-9c7c5c1e0e87.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-discourse-is-key/article_86c5c889-9d39-5f3c-bcf3-9c7c5c1e0e87.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"I don't know if anyone watched the CNN town hall with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. They really did not debate the scheduled issues of health care, jobs, and income inequality between the top 1 percent and the middle-class because of the breaking story about potential obstruction of justice that has surfaced with the firing of FBI Director James Comey.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["hebbel","cnn","town hall meeting","bernie sanders","john kasich","health care","jobs","income inequality","middle class","james comey","obstruction of justice","voters","democrats","republicans","politics","inequality","income"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","revision":2,"commentID":"86c5c889-9d39-5f3c-bcf3-9c7c5c1e0e87","body":"

I don't know if anyone watched the CNN town hall with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. They really did not debate the scheduled issues of health care, jobs, and income inequality between the top 1 percent and the middle-class because of the breaking story about potential obstruction of justice that has surfaced with the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

However, one glaring issue that both Sen. Sanders and Gov. Kasich talked about was that in the last election, only 36 percent of eligible voters voted. Why? Their explanation is people are fed up with the current two-party system controlled by big business and big money, and the middle-class losing their voice (and interest) in government. They advised those 30 or younger are the most dissatisfied.

Why not do away with the current two parties and come up with two new parties? We will call one party \"Today\" and the other we will call \"Tomorrow.\" You cannot have Tomorrow without Today, and you cannot have Today without Tomorrow; not saying these two parties will get along, but the country cannot exist today or tomorrow without these two working together.

This was a point both Sen. Sanders and Gov. Kasich talked about. We each need to take 10 minutes a day and listen to opposing views, keeping an open mind. This is the only way this great country will survive.

Have fun discussing politics, but stop arguing with each other. Learn to be statesmen and respect each other.

Dennis Hebbel

Davenport

"}, {"id":"e6e5c847-45a7-5198-854b-49fb7bee5d82","type":"article","starttime":"1495693800","starttime_iso8601":"2017-05-25T01:30:00-05:00","sections":[{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Without clinics, mothers will suffer","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_e6e5c847-45a7-5198-854b-49fb7bee5d82.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-without-clinics-mothers-will-suffer/article_e6e5c847-45a7-5198-854b-49fb7bee5d82.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-without-clinics-mothers-will-suffer/article_e6e5c847-45a7-5198-854b-49fb7bee5d82.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"The news of the Bettendorf Planned Parenthood clinic closure in the May 18 Quad-City Times edition comes as a personal blow. While living in Bettendorf, I worked alongside courageous Planned Parenthood staff and volunteers for more than five years to bring a beautiful clinic building and Planned Parenthood's caring services to the Quad-Cities region.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["lauhon","planned parenthood clinic","planned parenthood of the heartland","bettendorf","family planning services","womens health care","sexually transmitted diseases","sexually transmitted infections","unplanned pregnancy","abortions","infant mortality","ed tibbetts","journalism","planned parenthood","hospital","publishing","politics","clinic","quad-city times","news","abortion"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","revision":3,"commentID":"e6e5c847-45a7-5198-854b-49fb7bee5d82","body":"

The news of the Bettendorf Planned Parenthood clinic closure in the May 18 Quad-City Times edition comes as a personal blow. While living in Bettendorf, I worked alongside courageous Planned Parenthood staff and volunteers for more than five years to bring a beautiful clinic building and Planned Parenthood's caring services to the Quad-Cities region.

In a future without Planned Parenthood's nonjudgmental patient education and health care, the region's sexually transmitted infections (STI) and sexually transmitted diseases (STD) are predicted to increase, unplanned pregnancies and abortions will increase, and the rates of maternal and infant mortality will rise.

Yet I feel gratitude when seeing Quad-City Times reporter Ed Tibbetts' byline on this article. Ed reported the news of the clinic controversies back in the 1990s as carefully and impartially then, as he does now. I am also grateful for the wonderful Quad-City people who will continue to support Planned Parenthood of the Heartland's crucial work, no matter what.

Carol S. Lauhon

Chicago

Editor\u2019s note: Lauhon is former president, Quad-Cities Planned Parenthood Community Council and former vice president and member of the board of directors, Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa (now Planned Parenthood of the Heartland)

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