By Frank Sample
This was posted at the Yahoo DFIA Group. I am curious as to what people are thinking about when it comes to the goals for the future. If we pay attention to the voice of the elections, consider the following:
The public funding of elections sounds ethical, but if we do that do we
cut out the direct mail industry jobs which are good for the Iowa US
Postal Service Offices and
entry level workers these direct mail shops employ?
Let's stop the attack on the teacher's unions. We all know that the so
called merit pay is oriented to cliques, brown-nosing, sexism, and age
discrimination. So let's stop the merit pay machine now. The fact
that Mr Anti -Union Doug Gross is one of the top promoters of the
teacher merit pay should tell us something!
and adequately mentor and teach our students!
Lack of public transportation is probably one of the the
reasons recovering drug users and alcoholic drivers from are unable to
get to work and to their legally required classes and parole officer
meetings and end up hanging out with other problem people just to get
rides and are then tempted to relapse.
might as well get some leper colony type communities for our child sex
and other sex offenders so that we are not keeping them at large and
child income tax credit for this for all.
We need more protection for planned parenthood facilities and other
women's health clinics. Let us increase harassment penalties and call
those who target the facilities, the staff and the clients what they
are TERRORISTS!!! and make appropriate limits for the offenders so they
can't live within 200 miles of a clinic.
We need more job safety inspections and worker safety training programs
and more funding for personnel ant the Iowa department of inspections
English language courses for our imigrees so they can join in our full
society and prosper with our manpower starved workforce and mix more
successfully with our existing populace. Mandate an immigrant worker
program to work for citizenship the immigrants shall attend English
classes and pass
tests. Yes we can put more teachers to work and help our economy.
Lets work towards single provider health care insurance. If Canada can
do it why can't we? Let's turn company profits into actual doses
of medicines and treatments.
Let's promote the growth of Iowa Orchards, Vinyards and other Fruit
and Vegatable production. We have an opportunity to employ people if
we get some labor intensive agriculture and some direct marketing going.
Let's give a tax break and a maybe a stipend to people who care for sick and / or elderly parents in their own homes.
If we grow our economy we will increase our population and our wealth
and we will get an infusion of new hearts and minds into Iowa that can
only increase our wealth of diversity and an enlargement of expectation
of fairness for all people regardless of their race, creed, color,
gender, age, religion, and sexual orientation.
unionkj2001 <kwj54@…> wrote:
Forty years ago, a Dem trifecta ended the death penalty in Iowa,
built the community college system, brought in penal reform, and
We're already hearing from the local pundits that the Dems are
damping down any expectations of a progressive legislature, fearful
that they will be overrun with costly demands from Dem “special
What are the issues you want the legislature to work on, especially
issues that are winnable and won't cost a lot?
My partial list:
1. LGBT anti-discrimination law
2. Anti-bullying law for Iowa schools, specifically protecting LGBT
3. Repeal English-Only law
4. “Fair Share” for public employees (that if a public employee
chooses not to join the union, they still must pay an annual fee for
the costs of
5. Public funding of elections, as in AZ and ME.
I am not sure, frankly, that I trust the House Dem leadership on 1
and 2, so we will need to put pressure on them.
Kim William Jones