[ {"id":"5f362259-aa0d-5239-af40-2b13b2c12a55","type":"article","starttime":"1490337000","starttime_iso8601":"2017-03-24T01:30:00-05:00","sections":[{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Answer is Medicare for all","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_5f362259-aa0d-5239-af40-2b13b2c12a55.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-answer-is-medicare-for-all/article_5f362259-aa0d-5239-af40-2b13b2c12a55.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-answer-is-medicare-for-all/article_5f362259-aa0d-5239-af40-2b13b2c12a55.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"The Republican-controlled Congress faces a dilemma. President Trump promised to make health insurance available to everyone. But since its enactment, Republicans in Congress have been constantly bleating about repealing \u201cObamacare.\u201d There is a simple solution; extend Medicare to everyone. Operating at roughly 2 percent of the cost of benefits, Medicare is America\u2019s most efficient health insurance. Private insurance companies could continue to reap their huge profits from the lucrative co-insurance market.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["d'autremont","republican majority","republican congress","donald trump","health insurance","obamacare","obamacare repeal","medicare","private insurance companies","profits","health care","universal health care","health care costs","gop health care plan","american health care act","welfare","politics","economics","insurance company","health board","republicans","america","trump"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","revision":2,"commentID":"5f362259-aa0d-5239-af40-2b13b2c12a55","body":"

The Republican-controlled Congress faces a dilemma. President Trump promised to make health insurance available to everyone. But since its enactment, Republicans in Congress have been constantly bleating about repealing \u201cObamacare.\u201d

There is a simple solution; extend Medicare to everyone. Operating at roughly 2 percent of the cost of benefits, Medicare is America\u2019s most efficient health insurance. Private insurance companies could continue to reap their huge profits from the lucrative co-insurance market.

As an actual improvement to Obamacare, Medicare would ensure the best available health care for everyone. Medicare is a win-win-win arrangement for the president, the Congress and most importantly, the security of every American, regardless of financial ability.

Larry d\u2019Autremont

Davenport

"}, {"id":"bc060efa-8c4f-5f83-bfd3-ebed3a9f3197","type":"article","starttime":"1490337000","starttime_iso8601":"2017-03-24T01:30:00-05:00","sections":[{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Grassley dead wrong on guns","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_bc060efa-8c4f-5f83-bfd3-ebed3a9f3197.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-grassley-dead-wrong-on-guns/article_bc060efa-8c4f-5f83-bfd3-ebed3a9f3197.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-grassley-dead-wrong-on-guns/article_bc060efa-8c4f-5f83-bfd3-ebed3a9f3197.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"Simply put, what normal person would go out and shoot a bunch of strangers? They must have some kind of mental health issues, right? Shall we go through a list of mass killings? Charles Whitman, Sandy Hook Elementary School, Aurora, Colorado; Luby\u2019s Cafeteria in Lubbock, Texas; Virginia Tech; Washington Navy Yard, Charleston, North Carolina; the Port Arthur Massacre; and many more.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["kaffenberger","guns","mental health issues","chuck grassley","gun violence","national rifle association","iowa legislation","house file 517","matt windschitl","iowa code","iowa firearms coalition","stand your ground","city council","second amendment","weapons","gun","weaponry","mental health","silencer"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","revision":2,"commentID":"bc060efa-8c4f-5f83-bfd3-ebed3a9f3197","body":"

Simply put, what normal person would go out and shoot a bunch of strangers? They must have some kind of mental health issues, right?

Shall we go through a list of mass killings? Charles Whitman, Sandy Hook Elementary School, Aurora, Colorado; Luby\u2019s Cafeteria in Lubbock, Texas; Virginia Tech; Washington Navy Yard, Charleston, North Carolina; the Port Arthur Massacre; and many more.

In most of these instances, there were warning signs. And yet Iowa's U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley wants to make it easier for people with mental health issues to have access to guns.

Instead of making it harder for people with criminal or mental issue backgrounds to have guns, he wants to do the opposite. What could possibly go wrong?

And Iowa making gun silencers legal? Why not just wear ear protection?

Chris Kaffenberger

Clinton

"}, {"id":"5ecb5277-530c-5f5c-a1e5-5625a49484c7","type":"article","starttime":"1490337000","starttime_iso8601":"2017-03-24T01:30:00-05:00","sections":[{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Raes makes Moline proud","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_5ecb5277-530c-5f5c-a1e5-5625a49484c7.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-raes-makes-moline-proud/article_5ecb5277-530c-5f5c-a1e5-5625a49484c7.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-raes-makes-moline-proud/article_5ecb5277-530c-5f5c-a1e5-5625a49484c7.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"My husband and I moved to Moline nearly four years ago. Being from a small town, it was a struggle to meet new people and establish new friendships. Then we met Moline Mayor Scott Raes, who is one of the warmest and welcoming individuals I have ever met in my life. When we first met Scott, he spoke with such pride and enthusiasm about Moline and all the positive initiatives in progress and those yet to come. He introduced us to his family and friends \u2013 always quick to include us and make us feel a part of this community.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["johannsen","moline","municipal election","moline mayor","scott raes","public service","politics","sociology","vote","resident","intent","help","city"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","revision":2,"commentID":"5ecb5277-530c-5f5c-a1e5-5625a49484c7","body":"

My husband and I moved to Moline nearly four years ago. Being from a small town, it was a struggle to meet new people and establish new friendships. Then we met Moline Mayor Scott Raes, who is one of the warmest and welcoming individuals I have ever met in my life.

When we first met Scott, he spoke with such pride and enthusiasm about Moline and all the positive initiatives in progress and those yet to come. He introduced us to his family and friends \u2013 always quick to include us and make us feel a part of this community.

It wasn\u2019t until a little later that we found out that Scott was the mayor of Moline. While he has a 14-year record of public service to be very proud of, it meant more to him to promote the city and help people feel included, that truly mattered to him. That\u2019s the type of person I want to support \u2013 someone who puts their personal agenda aside and does what\u2019s best for the city and its residents. Scott has never been boastful about his status and I believe he acts with only the best intent for Moline.

A vote for Scott Raes is a vote for someone with good character who has given so much of his personal time, energy, and effort into making Moline a better community for us all. Please join me in supporting him on Apr. 4.

Tracy Johannsen

Moline

"}, {"id":"f8df6be0-6342-58aa-9a56-e808f4dc5337","type":"article","starttime":"1490337000","starttime_iso8601":"2017-03-24T01:30:00-05:00","sections":[{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: GOP, Islam at odds","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_f8df6be0-6342-58aa-9a56-e808f4dc5337.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-gop-islam-at-odds/article_f8df6be0-6342-58aa-9a56-e808f4dc5337.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-gop-islam-at-odds/article_f8df6be0-6342-58aa-9a56-e808f4dc5337.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"Republican Iowa Rep. Steve King is right when he says we can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies, as stated in a recent Quad-City Times editorial. Republicans believe life begins at conception and they believe abortion should be banned. Muslims believe in the concept of the soul. Therefore, when the fetus gains its soul, its life begins. They believe that this happens at 120 days and they call this ensoulment. Many Islamic States allow abortion. Being a Republican and Islam are not compatible.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["maschmann","republican party","gop","steve king","iowa representative","twitter","conception","abortion","muslims","fetus","islamic state","islam","republicans","politics","muslim","life"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","revision":2,"commentID":"f8df6be0-6342-58aa-9a56-e808f4dc5337","body":"

Republican Iowa Rep. Steve King is right when he says we can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies, as stated in a recent Quad-City Times editorial. Republicans believe life begins at conception and they believe abortion should be banned.

Muslims believe in the concept of the soul. Therefore, when the fetus gains its soul, its life begins. They believe that this happens at 120 days and they call this ensoulment. Many Islamic States allow abortion. Being a Republican and Islam are not compatible.

Michael Maschmann

Long Grove

"}, {"id":"01493c09-2fd3-50d0-8efb-38d2496e4434","type":"article","starttime":"1490337000","starttime_iso8601":"2017-03-24T01:30:00-05:00","sections":[{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Standing with Islamic center","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_01493c09-2fd3-50d0-8efb-38d2496e4434.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-standing-with-islamic-center/article_01493c09-2fd3-50d0-8efb-38d2496e4434.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-standing-with-islamic-center/article_01493c09-2fd3-50d0-8efb-38d2496e4434.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"On behalf of the members of One Human Family QCA, I wish to share our deep concern over the recent hate threat directed against the Des Moines Islamic Center. Ours is an organization that arose in response to the dramatic growth of hate incidents across our nation. The vile letter received by the Des Moines Islamic Center is but another example of how such bigotry is burgeoning in our nation. Our hearts go out to the members of the Islamic Center. No one should have to be subjected to such victimization. We wish to encourage all residents of Iowa to join us in not only denouncing such actions and in showing our support of the Des Moines Islamic community, but also in the important work of making our state a place of welcome and safety for all its residents.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["henry jay karp","politics","sociology","worship","nation","resident","letter","des moines islamic center","bigotry","davenport"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","revision":2,"commentID":"01493c09-2fd3-50d0-8efb-38d2496e4434","body":"

On behalf of the members of One Human Family QCA, I wish to share our deep concern over the recent hate threat directed against the Des Moines Islamic Center.

Ours is an organization that arose in response to the dramatic growth of hate incidents across our nation. The vile letter received by the Des Moines Islamic Center is but another example of how such bigotry is burgeoning in our nation. Our hearts go out to the members of the Islamic Center. No one should have to be subjected to such victimization. We wish to encourage all residents of Iowa to join us in not only denouncing such actions and in showing our support of the Des Moines Islamic community, but also in the important work of making our state a place of welcome and safety for all its residents.

We pray for the day when Iowa will stand for all Americans as a model of human unity and mutual respect for all people regardless of our differing races, genders, religions, sexual orientations, national and ethnic origins, physical and mental abilities or disabilities, socio-economic status, or political ideologies.

Henry Jay Karp

Davenport

Editor's note: Karp is rabbi at\u00a0Reform Jewish synagogue, Temple Emanuel.

"}, {"id":"27ab8db4-c847-53cb-8cd0-8e5aaa6e5a68","type":"article","starttime":"1490337000","starttime_iso8601":"2017-03-24T01:30:00-05:00","sections":[{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Ryancare would hurt the poor","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_27ab8db4-c847-53cb-8cd0-8e5aaa6e5a68.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-ryancare-would-hurt-the-poor/article_27ab8db4-c847-53cb-8cd0-8e5aaa6e5a68.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-ryancare-would-hurt-the-poor/article_27ab8db4-c847-53cb-8cd0-8e5aaa6e5a68.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"Sen. Joni Ernst: I spoke to you outside the event at Drake University Sheslow Auditorium. I was speaking on behalf of 200,000 of the most vulnerable Iowans who got health insurance through Medicaid expansion. The repeal of the Affordable Care Act would remove funding that comes from the richest Americans, whose staggering wealth is beyond comprehension, to the average citizen.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["chapman","joni ernst","iowa republican senators","drake university","iowans","health insurance","medicaid expansion","affordable care act","obamacare","aca","american health care act","donald trump","wealthy","iowa legislation","poverty","iowan","economics","ethnology","finance","poor","tax","people","life span","health care"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","revision":2,"commentID":"27ab8db4-c847-53cb-8cd0-8e5aaa6e5a68","body":"

Sen. Joni Ernst: I spoke to you outside the event at Drake University Sheslow Auditorium. I was speaking on behalf of 200,000 of the most vulnerable Iowans who got health insurance through Medicaid expansion.

The repeal of the Affordable Care Act would remove funding that comes from the richest Americans, whose staggering wealth is beyond comprehension, to the average citizen.

The taxes that would be repealed under the proposed legislation, the American Health Care Act, would eliminate health care for a huge amount of Iowans.

When I spoke to you, I pleaded with you, and that's OK.\u00a0 If begging on their behalf is what it takes, so be it.

I was concerned with your response. Rather than address the people that live in poverty you said, we have to look at the people who are over the poverty line as their premiums have risen to where they can't afford it.

My fear is this is not an us-versus-them issue. To put a wedge between people in poverty and people just above would not be new. We have seen much of that, and we are better than that.

The wealthy are not going to have a shortened life because they had to pay their fair share of taxes. But if money is given to them instead of the Iowans who need you to help them, many Iowans will have shortened life spans or even die.

I\u2019m not just pleading, I am begging. Don't do harm to the people you were elected to serve.

Matt Chapman

Waukee, Iowa

"}, {"id":"e9dccc89-e36f-5343-89f3-c1234bb03849","type":"article","starttime":"1490337000","starttime_iso8601":"2017-03-24T01:30:00-05:00","sections":[{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Attach parties to local candidates","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_e9dccc89-e36f-5343-89f3-c1234bb03849.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-attach-parties-to-local-candidates/article_e9dccc89-e36f-5343-89f3-c1234bb03849.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-attach-parties-to-local-candidates/article_e9dccc89-e36f-5343-89f3-c1234bb03849.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"There will be another municipal and school board election on Apr. 4. Historically these events result in a low voter turnout. Does anyone wonder why? One biggie is voter apathy. Why should people go to the polls when virtually all the candidates declare themselves as \u201cnonpartisan?\u201d How meaningful is that? Are citizens supposed to know what a candidate will do after elected if said candidate doesn't reveal his or her political underpinning?","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["rice","municipal election","school board elections","voter apathy","nonpartisan","democrats","republicans","libertarian","politics","common core","school choice","federal funding","ideology","candidates","political affiliation","candidate","election","affiliation","political party","board member","voter","underpinning"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","revision":3,"commentID":"e9dccc89-e36f-5343-89f3-c1234bb03849","body":"

There will be another municipal and school board election on Apr. 4. Historically these events result in a low voter turnout. Does anyone wonder why? One biggie is voter apathy.

Why should people go to the polls when virtually all the candidates declare themselves as \u201cnonpartisan?\u201d How meaningful is that? Are citizens supposed to know what a candidate will do after elected if said candidate doesn't reveal his or her political underpinning?

Most of us have some allegiance to a political party, be it Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, or other. Yet when faced with school and municipal elections, there aren't any candidate affiliations for voters to base their decisions.

Is nonpartisan a shelter where candidates can hide their affiliations? The public should know what school board members will do when faced with mandates like Common Core and federal funding with strings attached. How would board members vote on school choice?

City elections are the same. We drive around our neighborhoods seeing signs asking for votes, yet no candidate will indicate his or her ideology, leaving all but political junkies in the dark over what this or that person will do when deciding the future of our cities.

Doing a search to discover background information on a candidate is something most people will not do. Those who make an effort have to dig deep to find something.

I realize a candidate not declaring his or her political affiliation is a rule, but if we desire better government, this rule needs to be changed.

Jeffrey H. Rice

Rock Island

"}, {"id":"db8ae830-ae52-5139-b0ac-4e138033a9f8","type":"article","starttime":"1490337000","starttime_iso8601":"2017-03-24T01:30:00-05:00","sections":[{"mailbag":"news/opinion/mailbag"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Traffic laws apply to cyclists, too","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_db8ae830-ae52-5139-b0ac-4e138033a9f8.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-traffic-laws-apply-to-cyclists-too/article_db8ae830-ae52-5139-b0ac-4e138033a9f8.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-traffic-laws-apply-to-cyclists-too/article_db8ae830-ae52-5139-b0ac-4e138033a9f8.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"Over the past several weeks, there has been much on the news about bicycle riders wanting to have more consideration from auto drivers. This consideration works both ways. During the nice weather over that last few weeks, I have observed five different instances were riders have blown through a stop sign or stop light. It is my understanding that bicycles must follow the same traffic laws as autos.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["taylor","bicyclist","bicycle accidents","traffic laws","autos","bike fatalities","biking","bicycle lanes","safety","traffic","highway","rider","bicycle","law","transports","stop sign","auto","instance"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","revision":2,"commentID":"db8ae830-ae52-5139-b0ac-4e138033a9f8","body":"

Over the past several weeks, there has been much on the news about bicycle riders wanting to have more consideration from auto drivers. This consideration works both ways.

During the nice weather over that last few weeks, I have observed five different instances were riders have blown through a stop sign or stop light. It is my understanding that bicycles must follow the same traffic laws as autos.

It does not appear that the riders give any consideration to the traffic laws. It must be they think they are better than the laws and there is no need to adhere to the rules of the road.

Tom Taylor

Bettendorf

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