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Press-Citizen and Gazette issue new list of banned words

Both the Iowa City Press-Citizen and The Gazette have now placed a moratorium, censoring on certain news content - essentially banning certain words.  Apparently, an internal memo went around the corridor last week.

Both ‘publications’ have agreed to NOT use the following words:

‘Private server’
'Email server’
‘FBI investigation’
‘email scandal’ and

These words/phrases shall not be used in any articles/stories, or reports at the Press-Citizen, or CR The Gazette, until after November, 2016.

The recent memo also indicated that word 'orange' may still be used, however not ‘Orange pantsuit’.

~ P.J Bredinger, Johnson County, IA

Government forced wages leads to higher unemployment

Why not $25/hr for a minimum wage?  That way, Rod Sullivan and his band of misfit supervisors could help get each person in Johnson County a Hot Tub, like they have in their own backyards.    Maybe they could lobby Obama and perhaps his AbominationCare could cover some of the cost of the Hot Tubs for low income folks in Johnson County?

Any reasonable Iowan, who has sat through an Economics 101 course, (obviously Sullivan & Rettig haven’t) knows that Business owners who are forced/coerced to pay higher wages to their front line workers, will HIRE LESS workers.    Sullivan apparently believes that business revenues magically appear, like Govt benefits and Sullivans’ government paychecks.   Leftists believe that money flows, endlessly, out of Washington, DC, or Des Moines.   (Hard working Iowa taxpayers’ money).    As a review, higher government forced wages, leads to higher unemployment.

This is a known fact and product of misguided leftist pandering.

It is revolting to see bureaucrat pinheads, trying to set price controls, that history has proven, again and again are destructive to a Free market economy.     Sullivan and his bureacrat cronies will actually cause more unemployment in Johnson County, harming the folks they intended to help.

Leave the minimum wage alone and stick to your important duties, like who can set-up booths at the Jazz Fest.

~ P.J. Breidinger,  rural Johnson County, (formerly a resident of Iowa City, IA)

Raising the minimum wage won't do what Supervisors pretend it will

A hike in the minimum wage will contribute to inflation in Johnson County.  If local businesses are suddenly forced to pay workers $10.10 an hour instead of $7.25 an hour, those businesses will have no choice but to to raise the price of their product/service in order to stay in business.  

And do we really know if the so-called "full-time" minimum wage workers really exist in Johnson County?  Supervisors haven't told us.  Shouldn't there be a number posted publicly to support the supervisor's claim of a "need?"   According to U.S. Census statistics, most minimum wage workers are middle-class kids working summer jobs or members of a family working part-time, providing second or third sources of income to a household with an average annual income of $49,000.  

~ Vince Davidson, Iowa City

Community IDs are a bad idea

If people are lawfully here, the state already has the issuance of IDs covered.

This is the next step in making this area a sanctuary for illegals.  Next will be to create benefit packages for those who did not play by the rules in getting here.  This is all at taxpayer expense of course!

And now that area "leadership" has decided to attract illegals with a magnet, watch as the crime rate starts to go up.

Great huh?

~ Eli Delgado, Iowa City

Paul McAndrew will help South Slope provide quality service to its customers

I received the mail the notice of the South Slope Cooperative Annual meeting scheduled for June 17, 2015.  Included with the notice for the first time was a ballot to elect two members to the South Slope Cooperative Board of Directors.  I was very pleased to see the name of Paul McAndrew from the North Liberty area listed as a candidate.  I cannot think of a more qualified candidate than Paul McAndrew.   Paul graduated with a law degree with high distinction from the University of Iowa in 1983 and has practiced law in this area representing working people for over thirty years.

Paul’s main goal is the help South Slope provide quality service to its customers, but he also wants to make sure that members and employees voices are heard by the Board of Directors.  Communication with the present board is difficult; answers needed review by a Des Moines attorney before getting a simple response.  I also found that South Slope has separate lawyers representing the board in corporate affairs as well as collective bargaining and dealing with the violations found to have merit by the National Labor Relations Board by South Slopes CEO.  According to IRS Form 990 South Slope has spent $386,000 for legal expenses from 2010 through 2013.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a person on the board of directors representing us, the customers, members and employees without having to pay legal expenses.  I believe Paul McAndrew to be that person.

The ballots were a surprise because current South Slope bylaws provide for voting for board members at the annual meeting.  But then I was able to find and download a copy of new bylaws apparently adopted by the Board on March 16, 2015 without much notice to members.  Please promote more transparency from the Board of Directors by putting an X in the box by Paul McAndrew’s name, attach your signed sticker to the ballot, place your ballot in the return and mail it before June 7.  

~ Richard Running, Cedar Rapids

Social insurance programs keep poverty rate in check

Did you know that in 2013, there were more than 25 million reasons to give thanks for social insurance? According to Census Bureau data released this fall, more than 45 million people in the U.S., or 14.5% of the nation, lived in poverty in 2013. The good news? Three vitally important social insurance programs – Social Security, unemployment insurance (UI), and workers’ compensation – and a related program, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), kept the poverty rate from being much higher. Together, these four programs kept more than 25 million people out of poverty.

Workers’ Compensation alone lifted 87,000 people out of poverty in 2013, including:

 16,000 children; and
 60,000 non-elderly adults; and
 11,000 elderly adults aged 65+

Source:  Elisa Walker, National Academy of Social Insurance

Paul J. McAndrew, Jr., Coralville