Instead of demonstrating, let's pray. Please, Mr. President and Mr. Vice President, wear masks and practice social distancing, as we've been told to do. Also, give some sympathy to the families of the deceased from COVID-19.
In response to the May 14 Mini, the sentiments about littering apply to all public areas - roads, parks, rest areas, swimming areas, all places. If you want to litter, do it in your yard so others don't see it.
Interesting to me that the very people this administration has been vilifying and attacking are now being described by the vice president as heroes and by the president as essential. As in an executive order. Yes, I am speaking of the immigrants and asylum-seekers who do the dangerous work as meat processing plant employees.
The very people multiple corporations depend on to provide food and protein to the nation are the same people President Trump wants to deport and build a wall to keep out.
It's time to reassess the situation. Nolan Sandbulte, Sioux Center, Iowa
On May 16, The Journal published a Mini Editorial from a gentleman living in Orange City calling Democrats “a domestic enemy” and “a threat to this free Republic." How does printing this in any way promote a civil discourse in our nation?
When someone calls over half of the registered voters in this nation “enemies," I don’t see how that does anything more than incite hatred of each other. Especially, without providing a shred of evidence to back such derogatory comments.
Shameful and irresponsible on both the part of the writer and The Journal. Nick Hartman, Merrill, Iowa
If state and local governments need additional funds due to the coronavirus, they then need to levy additional taxes at the state and local levels instead of asking the federal government to bail them out. State and local governments can do this much fairer and more efficiently then a bloated Washington, D.C., power-hungry bureaucracy.
I recently completed a mail-in ballot for the July 7 Woodbury County election since it is the safe way to vote this year. I do have questions regarding the procedure for counting mail-in votes.
When I go to the polling station I am in control of the ballot from start to finish. I receive a ballot, I complete the ballot and I place the ballot in the tabulation machine. However, when I mail in the ballot I lose control of it after placing it in the postal box or the box outside the Woodbury County Courthouse. I did check online to see that my ballot was received, but what happens to it after that? How do I know that my ballot will be tabulated? How do I know that there is not a ballot substituted for my ballot? I have not seen an adequate explanation for these questions.
There must be strong security safeguards in place or our election process can become corrupted. If the election process becomes corrupted, our democracy will fail.
Riddler: When is a ballot not a ballot?
Batman: When it is not counted. Randy Bradley, Sioux City
Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate did the right thing when his office sent absentee ballot request forms to every registered voter for the June 2 primary election. Voting by mail is the safe and moral choice at this time, especially for the sake of the poll workers. Iowa has handled absentee ballots for years, and this year the ballots are even trackable, so integrity is ensured.
If you can’t find your request form, you can download one from the Iowa Secretary of State website, VoterReady.Iowa.gov. Requests must be received by the county auditor’s office by 5 p.m. this Friday, May 22. (Remember to sign your form.)
Voting absentee is not a partisan issue. Pate is a Republican, and I am a Democrat. In this and all elections, we should desire high participation, high efficiency and high safety. Absentee voting accomplishes all of those aims. Kim Van Es, Sioux Center, Iowa
Isn't it always at a moment of recognition that the disparity awakens? Life becomes debatable concerning the significance of one's existence. Was there an identity wrapped around this human life now to be defined by simply a number? Anonymous, it seems, to the greater population. But in a much closer observation, somebody who was someone. Someone who laughed at a joke. Someone who always knew the right words to say. Someone who had the most secure embrace. Someone who was the sunshine on a dreary day. Someone at times neglectful. Someone with lingering flaws. Someone who would shed a tear. Someone irreplaceable. But most of all, someone to somebody.
There is now an absence, the once living presence becomes a memory. A thoughtful reflection of a significant friend, a mentor, a compassionate soul.
So when you see the numbers of the media's information, don't assume they are just a numerical expression. Each and every number was a life. Somebody's someone. Daniel O'Brien, Sioux City
We usually do not get involved in politics or elections. We read the news and who is running for what office. The person elected to the position of Woodbury County sheriff has to be a person that has the knowledge to keep a fluid transfer and also prevent rifts in the department that he will supervise. The best candidate will have in-depth knowledge and steer his department and staff in the right direction - not someone who has to be trained.
One must put aside just voting for a person who is merely a likable individual. The "good-old-boy" voting system needs to stop. Vote for the person who has the expertise and ability to complete the job. Only then will our citizens get what they pay for. Robert and Suzanne Vanderweil, Sioux City
“Everything in moderation.” This should apply to our political processes, but it doesn’t. Even the COVID-19 pandemic is politicized into a situation where there is no middle ground where we hear each others' concerns - no moderation, no inclusion, no balancing of perspectives, no agreement on facts and science and, of course, protestors heavily armed with assault weapons demanding their “freedom”.
We need political leadership to bring out the best in us, particularly in times of crisis and real fear. We don't need leadership Trumpeting polarization and retweeting conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 pandemic. Jerry Eaton, Sioux City
After listening to an interview with Alex Azar, our nation’s Health and Human Services secretary, I felt compelled to comment publicly. The interviewer showed Secretary Azar pictures of people in Columbus, Ohio, packed into a restaurant with no masks or distancing and then asked the secretary what he thought of it. The secretary’s first comment was that people being able to have the freedom to be irresponsible is one of the great things about our country. If he had continued to say that they need to be held accountable, I would have applauded him. He did not.
Our society was formed to hold people accountable for behavior that affects the life and livelihood of others. We have laws against physical attack, drunk driving, etc. It is foolish and ignorant to suggest that people who don’t follow distancing and mask rules are only putting themselves at risk. The opposite is true. It is much more likely that they will be the spreaders of the virus.
I am all for businesses doing everything they can to begin serving our community. I appreciate deeply the tremendous loss of income, identity and hope. Even though I choose not to participate at this time, I trust that most of the people in our community are being responsible. It is the few who don’t care who scare me the most. Diana Howard, Dakota Dunes, South Dakota
I am a proud postal worker. During this coronavirus pandemic, my fellow frontline coworkers and I continue to go to work every day, even in these dangerous times, to serve the people who rely on us.
The public Postal Service receives no tax dollars, running its operations solely on postal revenue. The COVID-19 pandemic's economic impact has resulted in a massive drop in mail volume and a 50 percent reduction in revenue. Without urgent funding, the Postal Service will run out of money this summer, ending our ability to deliver for you with life saving medications, Social Security checks, packages, vital health information and other important communication, including absentee voting ballots.
So far, Congress has provided $3 trillion in combined "stimulus" money, including $1 trillion in bailouts for private companies. Yet bi-partisan Congressional efforts to provide real financial relief to your Postal Service were shamefully stopped by this Administration and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
I know the public greatly appreciates and supports the Postal Service but don't take my word for it. Ninety-two percent of voters, according to North Star/Hart Opinion Research believe the Postal Service should be funded through the end of this pandemic. Please contact your Congressional representatives and urge them to fight for the relief the public Postal Service needs to survive. Postal workers want to continue our mission of binding the country together and providing universal service at reasonable rates to every home and business. Mark Sarcone, Ankeny, Iowa.
With the COVID-19 virus, and all other items, the role of government is not to “fix” anything. The role of government is only to “control” how bad things may get. Remember government is run by bureaucrats (that answer to us) NOT technocrats (that answer to themselves). And technocrats, like Dr. Fauci, are never wrong.
I am a retired United Methodist minister and I now live in Ida Grove, Iowa. I am alarmed to have received a mailing from the Office of the Iowa Secretary of State this week telling me that if I intend to vote in the June 2, 2020, primary election that I am required to depart of the usual voting procedures and that I am encouraged to vote by mail.
The legislature did not make any of these changes; it was made by the Secretary of State, all by himself. He has no authority to change our election laws and procedures.
First of all, we have fought long and hard to require voters to present a picture identification before voting. There is no way that picture identifications can be presented when there is voting by mail. Also, we have worked long and hard at finding just the right "voting machine" to replace the old Australian Ballot. We now have such voting machines, and the Iowa Secretary of State is apparently telling us that voting machines will not be used in June.
Now if we have an unlawful voting procedure where no picture identification is required and where ballots are deposited in the US Mail, we are creating a voting system that is ripe for voter fraud.
If we Iowans insist on departing from the voting procedures that are tried and true, we will probably find ourselves in a similar position that the Iowa Democrats created at the February caucuses when they departed from tried and true caucus procedures. Rev. Morris C. Hurd, Ida Grove, Iowa.
Your army has lost its commander. Who do you have to replace him? The major who has fought side by side with the general, or do you take a private out of the line?
This is the choice that we have in the Republican Primary for Woodbury County sheriff.
We have one candidate who has spent his 30 year career, working up the ranks from the bottom to the top, being promoted by every superior, achieving decorations and commendations of achievement from every one. We have one candidate who has more experience than anyone else in the county, one who has been there through thick and thin.
Talent and performance does not go unrewarded and it only makes sense to charge this man with the command of the troops.
I invite you all to join me in voting for Todd Wieck in the upcoming primary for Woodbury County sheriff. Mark Solheim, Sioux City.
What do the Chinese and today's Democrats have in common? Neither can be believed or trusted and neither are a friend. One is a foreign enemy, the other a domestic enemy. Each equally a threat to this free Republic as we have known it.
The media keeps reporting the growing number of COVID-19 cases. A number that obviously will continue to grow. How about reporting only the number of active cases. A number that should decline as previously affected people recover.