[ {"id":"f6df0041-e400-53a5-9ba1-54c20a039057","type":"article","starttime":"1534314600","starttime_iso8601":"2018-08-15T01:30:00-05:00","sections":[{"letters":"opinion/letters"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Wonks should check out this book","url":"http://qctimes.com/opinion/letters/article_f6df0041-e400-53a5-9ba1-54c20a039057.html","permalink":"https://qctimes.com/opinion/letters/letter-wonks-should-check-out-this-book/article_f6df0041-e400-53a5-9ba1-54c20a039057.html","canonical":"https://qctimes.com/opinion/letters/letter-wonks-should-check-out-this-book/article_f6df0041-e400-53a5-9ba1-54c20a039057.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"\u201cDemocracy in Chains\u201d offers interesting discussions of labels, from classical liberal, neoliberal, libertarian, collectivism and the ever-frightening \u201csocialism.\u201d This book is also of interest to those who study the \u201cframing\u201d of issues, from personal liberty, labor rights and economic liberty.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"revision":2,"commentID":"f6df0041-e400-53a5-9ba1-54c20a039057","body":"

\u201cDemocracy in Chains\u201d offers interesting discussions of labels, from classical liberal, neoliberal, libertarian, collectivism and the ever-frightening \u201csocialism.\u201d

This book is also of interest to those who study the \u201cframing\u201d of issues, from personal liberty, labor rights and economic liberty.

The book published last year, written by Duke University History Professor Nancy MacLean, is a \u201cmust read\u201d for educators and public policy wonks. Dr. MacLean researches in great detail, the connections between conservative/libertarian economist James McGill Buchanan, the attempted privatization of Virginia public schools, \u201cpublic choice theory,\u201d and the \u201cMassive Resistance\u201d movement around the Brown vs. Board of Education decision by the Supreme Court in 1954.

Going forward with hopes for a more stable economy requires properly assessing the value to such from a common social infrastructure, and acknowledging that economic, not political, \u201csocialism\u201d can be a responsible partner in managing our common needs. Adding health care access to our other \u201csocialist\u201d programs, like roadways, schools and libraries, will cost less, and provide greater economic freedom for all of us.

Moving forward will be easier with a better understanding of how we arrived here. I encourage all to read this well-done presentation of some of our country\u2019s history.

Laura Twing

Tipton

"}, {"id":"48b7d10f-d7df-57ad-974b-47b85f697129","type":"article","starttime":"1534314600","starttime_iso8601":"2018-08-15T01:30:00-05:00","sections":[{"letters":"opinion/letters"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Fed up by Clinton school","url":"http://qctimes.com/opinion/letters/article_48b7d10f-d7df-57ad-974b-47b85f697129.html","permalink":"https://qctimes.com/opinion/letters/letter-fed-up-by-clinton-school/article_48b7d10f-d7df-57ad-974b-47b85f697129.html","canonical":"https://qctimes.com/opinion/letters/letter-fed-up-by-clinton-school/article_48b7d10f-d7df-57ad-974b-47b85f697129.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"Why should Clinton taxpayers pay for a so-called \"public high school\" in our city? Clinton High has begun a de facto process of privatization so that a private company (headquartered outside the USA) can make millions of dollars off the school over a 15-year contract recently signed. It is time to cut the tie of the local taxpayer to the high school because it is no longer local or public.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"revision":2,"commentID":"48b7d10f-d7df-57ad-974b-47b85f697129","body":"

Why should Clinton taxpayers pay for a so-called \"public high school\" in our city? Clinton High has begun a de facto process of privatization so that a private company (headquartered outside the USA) can make millions of dollars off the school over a 15-year contract recently signed. It is time to cut the tie of the local taxpayer to the high school because it is no longer local or public.

We should not have to pay the salaries of teachers and administrators. The private corporate entity under contract to enroll 315 out-of-state students at Clinton High so it can make $189 million over 15 years should pay the salaries, not us.

Gary Heath

Clinton

"}, {"id":"4abe28aa-c076-5af7-affc-d8e17fcb1404","type":"article","starttime":"1534314600","starttime_iso8601":"2018-08-15T01:30:00-05:00","sections":[{"columnists":"opinion/columnists"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Guest view: Here's how to stop the next drowning","url":"http://qctimes.com/opinion/columnists/article_4abe28aa-c076-5af7-affc-d8e17fcb1404.html","permalink":"https://qctimes.com/opinion/columnists/guest-view-here-s-how-to-stop-the-next-drowning/article_4abe28aa-c076-5af7-affc-d8e17fcb1404.html","canonical":"https://qctimes.com/opinion/columnists/guest-view-here-s-how-to-stop-the-next-drowning/article_4abe28aa-c076-5af7-affc-d8e17fcb1404.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Dr. KellyAnn Light-McGroary","prologue":"When the summer heat hits, many of us head to our favorite swimming spot. Amid the splashing kids and many distractions of a busy waterfront, fun can quickly become a risk. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, in 2016, unintentional drowning killed 31 Iowans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that drowning takes about 4,000 lives in this country every year and it\u2019s the No. 1 cause of accidental death among children under 5. It can happen in seconds, and children who drown often are out of sight for less than five minutes, according to a Safe Kids Worldwide report.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"revision":4,"commentID":"4abe28aa-c076-5af7-affc-d8e17fcb1404","body":"

When the summer heat hits, many of us head to our favorite swimming spot. Amid the splashing kids and many distractions of a busy waterfront, fun can quickly become a risk. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, in 2016, unintentional drowning killed 31 Iowans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that drowning takes about 4,000 lives in this country every year and it\u2019s the No. 1 cause of accidental death among children under 5. It can happen in seconds, and children who drown often are out of sight for less than five minutes, according to a Safe Kids Worldwide report.

Coupled with its speed, drowning often looks different than many people realize. There may not be any splashing or cries for help.

Drowning rarely looks like it is portrayed on TV, with dramatic screaming and flailing. It is quicker and quieter than we realize. A person in trouble may have their head above water one minute and be submerged the next, without anyone noticing.

Here is some additional advice on how to help reduce risks associated with drowning and help keep kids splashing safely.

Pay attention

Constant surveillance is absolutely critical. Don\u2019t get distracted in a book, a chat or a call. The CDC advises that those watching preschool-age children in the water provide \u201ctouch supervision,\u201d which means being close enough to reach the child at all times. That\u2019s true even if a lifeguard is present.

Assign responsibility

People often assume that someone else is doing the supervising, so it\u2019s important to be very intentional about who is watching each child. If you will not be present to watch your own child, pick a point person and assign responsibility. If kids are in the water, make sure they use the buddy system, especially when there is a group of mixed swimming abilities. Consider matching up experienced swimmers with those who may be less skilled.

Provide swimming lessons

Start exposure to water safety early. Children as young as 12 months should be taught basic lifesaving maneuvers. Anything that gives them a little bit of extra time to breathe, like flipping over on their backs, floating and moving through water, can save their lives. This can be a challenge in colder environments, but many recreation and community centers offer low-cost or free indoor lessons geared to kids\u2019 attention spans.

Obey warning signs at beaches

Pay attention to color-coded signs that alert you to rip tides and dangerous weather. You can\u2019t always see the currents in open water, and cold temperatures can lead to hypothermia, which shocks the body and leads to rapid exhaustion.

Keep floats away

It may not be a good idea to use rafts, inner tubes and water wings in open water. Floaties can give children a false sense of security. They\u2019ll jump farther and higher and faster and become overconfident in their swimming abilities. Use certified life jackets when doing water sports like kayaking and boogie boarding.

"}, {"id":"96101f38-42da-5d5a-a4bd-b831e323b9f2","type":"article","starttime":"1534314600","starttime_iso8601":"2018-08-15T01:30:00-05:00","sections":[{"letters":"opinion/letters"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Be an informed voter","url":"http://qctimes.com/opinion/letters/article_96101f38-42da-5d5a-a4bd-b831e323b9f2.html","permalink":"https://qctimes.com/opinion/letters/letter-be-an-informed-voter/article_96101f38-42da-5d5a-a4bd-b831e323b9f2.html","canonical":"https://qctimes.com/opinion/letters/letter-be-an-informed-voter/article_96101f38-42da-5d5a-a4bd-b831e323b9f2.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"With less than 100 days until mid-terms the exercise of every citizen\u2019s right to select those who will speak for them grows in importance. The silent majority, centrists and independents, I predict, will determine who will guide the direction of our republic for the next two years. If we vote! The far left and far right hijack the narratives of their respective parties. Compromise, consensus building and real policy debates to improve lives of all citizens are replaced by win/loose politics, obfuscations, sound bites and spin to get votes. They are unyielding in their myopic positions. They seldom compromise. Their votes are already cast in stone and they want yours.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"revision":2,"commentID":"96101f38-42da-5d5a-a4bd-b831e323b9f2","body":"

With less than 100 days until mid-terms the exercise of every citizen\u2019s right to select those who will speak for them grows in importance.

The silent majority, centrists and independents, I predict, will determine who will guide the direction of our republic for the next two years. If we vote!

The far left and far right hijack the narratives of their respective parties. Compromise, consensus building and real policy debates to improve lives of all citizens are replaced by win/loose politics, obfuscations, sound bites and spin to get votes. They are unyielding in their myopic positions. They seldom compromise. Their votes are already cast in stone and they want yours.

Add foreign manipulation of social media to sway votes and we are left to question how to make informed decisions on candidates. Yet decide we must. Failure to vote only adds numeric weight to party extremists.

Who will candidates serve? What do they say directly to their base? Are they truly qualified? Will they represent you on important issues? Is their track record rooted in strong moral values?

Be frugal trusting the internet. Be suspicious of news reports eliciting strong emotion. Learn the sources behind important statements. Look for bylines and credits.

Find multiple media sources that clearly differentiate between facts and opinions. Do not rely on any single provider for your information. Then vote, if for no other reason than to acknowledge the sacrifices of those before us who secured the freedoms we now enjoy.

David Ginsburg

Davenport

"}, {"id":"462f72a4-2f3a-5065-b051-c0f908df8c5a","type":"article","starttime":"1534312800","starttime_iso8601":"2018-08-15T01:00:00-05:00","sections":[{"columnists":"opinion/columnists"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Poverty, violence and spiritual wildfires","url":"http://qctimes.com/opinion/columnists/article_462f72a4-2f3a-5065-b051-c0f908df8c5a.html","permalink":"https://qctimes.com/opinion/columnists/poverty-violence-and-spiritual-wildfires/article_462f72a4-2f3a-5065-b051-c0f908df8c5a.html","canonical":"https://qctimes.com/opinion/columnists/poverty-violence-and-spiritual-wildfires/article_462f72a4-2f3a-5065-b051-c0f908df8c5a.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Robert Koehler","prologue":"\"They take advantage of that opportunity and they shoot into a crowd, no matter who they hit.\" The news this past weekend emerging from my fair city, Chicago, felt like news about wildfires sweeping across California: the sudden, hellish karma of climate change, that is to say, the gradual collapse of life-sustaining conditions on Planet Earth thanks to centuries of cluelessly exploitative human activity.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["economics","military","poverty","weaponry","war","wildfire","politics","stewardship","civilian","lindsay koshgarian"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"revision":1,"commentID":"462f72a4-2f3a-5065-b051-c0f908df8c5a","body":"

\"They take advantage of that opportunity and they shoot into a crowd, no matter who they hit.\"

The news this past weekend emerging from my fair city, Chicago, felt like news about wildfires sweeping across California: the sudden, hellish karma of climate change, that is to say, the gradual collapse of life-sustaining conditions on Planet Earth thanks to centuries of cluelessly exploitative human activity.

The news from Chicago was, of course, about gun violence: at least 74 people shot between Friday afternoon and Monday morning in a slew of unconnected incidents, including shots fired into large gatherings of people (at a funeral, at a block party). Eleven people were killed, including, in separate incidents, two 17-year-olds. An 11-year-old boy was among the injured.

Figuring in the totals from the weekend, so far this year the city has racked up more than 300 homicides, according to the Chicago Tribune. Something, as we all know, is out of control, in this city, across the country . . . and across the planet.

The above quote was from the Chicago Police Department's chief of patrol, Fred Waller, commenting on the recent mayhem at a press conference on Sunday morning. His words, I fear, came out a little too easily. It almost sounded like an official firefighter spokesperson accusing the wildfires of moral degeneracy rather than discussing their cause and the needed social change -- rather than discussing, for instance, the self-reinforcing feedback loops perpetuating human violence, just as a recent report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences addressed the feedback loops creating climate change and \"Hothouse Earth.\"

\"In order to avoid the worst-case scenarios,\" Common Dreams reports, \"the researchers behind the study say that 'collective human action is required' to steer planet's systems away from dangerous tipping points. Such action, they write, 'entails stewardship of the entire Earth System . . . and transformed social values.'\"

I would extend this need for stewardship, this need to transform social values, beyond the biosphere.

For instance, as a report released last year by the Chicago-based Heartland Alliance points out: \"Chicago is currently facing a devastating surge in lethal violence in addition to staggering rates of poverty across Illinois. Policymakers and community leaders are struggling with finding short- and long-term solutions to stem the violence and allow neighborhoods to heal. In the meantime, communities fear for their own safety and grieve over lost parents, children, friends and leaders every day. The stakes for getting the solutions right could not be higher.

\"Poverty and violence often intersect, feed one another and share root causes. Neighborhoods with high levels of violence are also characterized by high levels of poverty, lack of adequate public services and educational opportunity, poorer health outcomes, asset and income inequality, and more. The underlying socioeconomic conditions in these neighborhoods perpetuate both violence and poverty.\"

And this just gets at one corner of the problem -- the inadequacy of our social stewardship. Poverty, you might say, creates spiritual wildfires. And the last time this country waged a \"war on poverty,\" it was also waging a war in Vietnam -- inflicting unfathomable violence on the other side of the planet in what ultimately was a lost cause from every point of view except that of the war profiteers. The war profiteers won: More wars would come soon enough, but continuing to invest in the elimination of poverty was just too . . . uh, expensive.

So we've chosen, over the last half-century, to perpetuate violence rather than take a complex, value-transforming stand against, or beyond, it.

\"The United States spends more on its military than any country in the world -- all while its politicians claim not to be able to afford measures like universal health care and free or low-cost higher education that are commonplace in other wealthy nations,\" said Lindsay Koshgarian, program director for the National Priorities Project, as quoted by Sajjad Hussain. \"At the same time, the U.S. military polls as citizens' most trusted institution, above organized religion, the media, public schools, the courts, and far above Congress.\"

This is ironic indeed, considering that we haven't actually \"won\" any of the wars we've fought since the alleged Good War. Apparently winning is beside the point, even though all participants focus on it. War is the ultimate feedback loop: You define yourself by defining your enemy, then you kill the enemy, who now has no choice but to see you as the enemy and kills back. No one wins except war itself, which goes on and on and on.

A few weeks ago, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, approving a military budget of $717 billion, up a hundred billion from last year. And the real military budget is closer to a trillion dollars, when CIA and National Security Agency spending, among other things, is figured in.

What I hear in all this is the roar of wildfires and the words of Chicago's chief of patrol: \"They take advantage of that opportunity and they shoot into a crowd, no matter who they hit.\"

We bomb civilians, killing them by the thousands, by the millions, to fight wars we do not win -- because winning is not the point, or even possible.

"}, {"id":"f8209e83-f102-5709-83bc-300d3ed024ca","type":"article","starttime":"1534228200","starttime_iso8601":"2018-08-14T01:30:00-05:00","sections":[{"letters":"opinion/letters"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Let Kavanaugh's record speak for itself","url":"http://qctimes.com/opinion/letters/article_f8209e83-f102-5709-83bc-300d3ed024ca.html","permalink":"https://qctimes.com/opinion/letters/letter-let-kavanaugh-s-record-speak-for-itself/article_f8209e83-f102-5709-83bc-300d3ed024ca.html","canonical":"https://qctimes.com/opinion/letters/letter-let-kavanaugh-s-record-speak-for-itself/article_f8209e83-f102-5709-83bc-300d3ed024ca.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"After the filing of the Freedom of Information request by the Democratic Senators was denied, I became concerned about the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Why are the Republican Senators sanitizing Kavanaugh\u2019s government records during his service under President George W. Bush? Is it the possibility that Kavanaugh lied to the Senate prior to his confirmation in 2006?\u00a0 Why not turn over all the records that will show whether Kavanaugh was or was not involved in discussions about Guantanamo Bay torture?","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"revision":2,"commentID":"f8209e83-f102-5709-83bc-300d3ed024ca","body":"

After the filing of the Freedom of Information request by the Democratic Senators was denied, I became concerned about the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Why are the Republican Senators sanitizing Kavanaugh\u2019s government records during his service under President George W. Bush? Is it the possibility that Kavanaugh lied to the Senate prior to his confirmation in 2006?\u00a0 Why not turn over all the records that will show whether Kavanaugh was or was not involved in discussions about Guantanamo Bay torture?

Any member of Congress including Sen. Grassley should be concerned enough to let the record speak for itself.

Julie Stewart Ziesman

Waukee

"}, {"id":"6afdac75-d7b3-57f4-8133-6cc495008169","type":"article","starttime":"1534228200","starttime_iso8601":"2018-08-14T01:30:00-05:00","sections":[{"letters":"opinion/letters"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: America is far worse with Trump","url":"http://qctimes.com/opinion/letters/article_6afdac75-d7b3-57f4-8133-6cc495008169.html","permalink":"https://qctimes.com/opinion/letters/letter-america-is-far-worse-with-trump/article_6afdac75-d7b3-57f4-8133-6cc495008169.html","canonical":"https://qctimes.com/opinion/letters/letter-america-is-far-worse-with-trump/article_6afdac75-d7b3-57f4-8133-6cc495008169.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"While reading The Economist, I was shocked by a photo of two middle-aged men in T-shirts at a Trump rally. The shirts read, \"I'd rather be a Russian than a Democrat.\" How did we get here? President Trump behaves like a cult leader at his rallies. He tells his followers not to believe what they hear and see because of fake news. He incites hatred to give himself more power over his base. He says he wants to make America great again, but he is actually dismantling federal agencies and loading the courts with conservative judges, potentially taking away some of the hard-won rights we now enjoy.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"revision":2,"commentID":"6afdac75-d7b3-57f4-8133-6cc495008169","body":"

While reading The Economist, I was shocked by a photo of two middle-aged men in T-shirts at a Trump rally. The shirts read, \"I'd rather be a Russian than a Democrat.\" How did we get here? President Trump behaves like a cult leader at his rallies. He tells his followers not to believe what they hear and see because of fake news. He incites hatred to give himself more power over his base. He says he wants to make America great again, but he is actually dismantling federal agencies and loading the courts with conservative judges, potentially taking away some of the hard-won rights we now enjoy.

We must recognize that we are living in an oligarchy ruled by the wealthy. Trump and his cohorts are wealthy, dishonest, greedy and opportunistic. The tax cut he brags about is an example. Sure, some people will see $30 more in their paycheck, but the wealthy will get hundreds of thousands in their bank accounts. He lies constantly, so why are the people he hurts the most so willing to follow him? America was great before Trump became president, but it's on a downward spiral. The British Empire was great, but now it has very little power beyond its shores. Divided no nation can stand. America will lose its world power if ordinary Americans don't preserve it though cooperation rather than hatred, regardless of political party.

Carol DeWilfond

Moline

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Thank you, Mr. President, for growing a new breed of welfare queens right here in Iowa: Iowa\u2019s farmers! And how long should we taxpayers expect you to keep them on the public dole? One year? Two years? Maybe, indefinitely, once China arranges to meet its agricultural import needs with other countries? I thought your message in Dubuque would be more like \u201cTrust me, guys. We can tough this strong-arm tariff deal out together. Just keep thinking: No pain; no gain.\u201d But, nope. Seems like you\u2019re no better at foreign trade deals than you were at real estate and casino deals. Just go with your gut, but be sure there\u2019s somebody else around to take care of the messes you make.

Steven Pokorny

Urbandale

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