The letter appeared in the Quad Cities Times Wednesday
It is unfortunate that our U.S. veterans living and deceased have been spit upon by John Archer, candidate for Iowa’s 2nd District Congressional seat. His callous remarks about those receiving government assistance being a “real weakness” just because many of them deservedly receive federal assistance for housing, schooling, and medical aid are disgusting.
How dare you, John Archer.
We speak English instead of German because women and men, like my deceased father who was shot and wounded in Germany saved not just the United States but all of Europe and Russia from Hitler. You are an embarrassment. You spit on their graves. Whatever a veteran wants help with, they should get it. If they need mental health assistance, that should be free. If they require federal or state subsistence, it should be theirs. Too many of them have died homeless, hungry, and alone. They all deserve everything we can give them.
Dave Loebsack has my vote. He does not spit on our veterans as you do. He uplifts them with his generosity of time and sincere spirit. Dave Loebsack deserves to continue to be our congressman from Iowa’s 2nd District.
Mr. Archer , you don’t deserve to be on the same stage as Representative Loebsack or near any veteran.
by Molly Regan
On December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, seamstress Rosa Parks got on a bus and sat down. When she was told by a white man to move to the back of the bus, she refused, and was subsequently arrested.
“Our mistreatment was just not right, and I was tired of it,” wrote Ms. Parks in her book, Quiet Strength, (Zondervan Publishing House, 1994). “I kept thinking about my mother and my grandparents, and how strong they were. I knew there was a possibility of being mistreated, but an opportunity was being given to me to do what I had asked of others.”
This defiant act of courage set off a flurry of incidents which resulted in violence and death over the next 10 years, and eventually led to the passage of the CIVIL RIGHTS ACT in 1965.
For you see, Ms. Rosa Parks was a black woman who was not allowed, in the Alabama of 1955, to ride on public transportation with the same human dignity that most of us today take for granted.
This small woman had in the past not been an overtly outspoken person regarding the shamefulness of segregation. But, on that December day in 1955, she defied the law and in her quiet way, paved a path for others to follow.
This woman from a different place and time is my hero. She exemplifies the tenacity of a fed up spirit who knew it was then that she needed to fulfill her destiny. Millions of others and I are eternally grateful.
So, to those of you who too, are fed up with whatever it is that makes your eyes narrow and your pulse rise, put yourself out there and do something about it.
Ms. Rosa Parks passed away October 24th, 2005
We salute your spirit of righteousness, Ms. Parks.
Celebrate Earth Day!
The cry of a loon on a lake in the night
Dreams that are born in the dawn's early light
The laughter that sings in the heart of a child,
Freedom that flies to the call of the wild,
Celebrate living. Celebrate evening,
The stars that appear in the loss of the sun,
Whispering winds, 'We are one, we are one'… Celebrate Earth Day, every day,
Celebrate Earth Day, every day
Celebrate land and sea
Celebrate you and me
Celebrate Earth Day, every day
No Fracking Way!
by Molly Regan
Update: Fracking Blowout Causes Massive Spill in Pennsylania
Fracking is a chemical pressure method of extracting natural gas from rock deep underground.
Fracking is done by gas and oil companies in over 40 states in the United States.
Fracking uses over 450 different chemicals, many of which are carcinogenics.
Fracking is not regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency because there was a loophole created by Dick Cheney to favor his Halliburton friends so they could extract natural gas with no regulations.
Fracking makes people sick, lose their hair, pass out, and get cancer.
Fracking does this to children.
Fracking does this to adults.
Fracking does this to animals.
Fracking causes toxic chemicals to invade watersheds and aquafers resulting in water from faucets
that can catch on fire.
Fracking in its current unregulated state is immoral.
Fracking exists only for the financial gain of gas and oil company owners.
Fracking is occurring in IOWA and Illinois…in Pennsylvania…in Missouri…in West Virginia and so on…
Please rent “GASLAND” by Josh Fox. This movie which won a special documentary award by the Sundance Film Festival, shows the devastation caused by fracking.
In 1966 people were dying in New York City because of air pollution. This was before the Clean Air Act.
Regulations are good. Regulations are necessary. Regulations are life saving.
Does your water catch on fire? Please help make sure it doesn't.
Go to www.gaslandthemovie.com and
www.gaslandthemovie.com/take-action/contact-elected-officials to learn more
Go to www.democracyforamerica.com to sign the petition asking Congressional members to approve the FRAC Act which will repeal the loophole that currently lets Halliburton not disclose the chemicals it uses in fracking.
Molly Regan, activist extraordinaire, environmental facilitator, elected official, is a member of Progressive Action for the Common Good in the Quad Cities. Don't forget to CPR – Conserve/Participate/Recycle
Scott County Board of Supervisors Gives Pass To More CAFOs
by Molly Regan
When the Scott County Board of Supervisors took public comment on Tom Dittmer's request for an expansion to existing hog confinements, the board asked that speakers address the Master Matrix (MM) and Manure Management Plan (MMP). The MMP consisted in part of 16 pages showing names and locations of farmers in Scott County who would receive manure from 2011 through 2014. The manure, which is actually a swill loaded with hydrogen sulfide and ammonia among other toxins, would total over 13 Million gallons in 2011 and over 15 Million gallons in 2014.
A lot? You bet. This all comes from one location.
Imagine my surprise when on August 19th, the board members took over 20 minutes to tell us it was all about Dittmer's integrity. Apparently, their decision did not have anything to do with chemistry and physics as it was supposed to, but was about a person's supposed character.
The board did not wait for the results of a complaint to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) about the possibility of a manure leak at the Dittmer location. They could have waited for the results, but according to a spokesperson at the DNR, the board did not even ASK for the results. According to the DNR's report, “…on-site observations of the design of the manure control system suggest that discharges of manure outside of the manure control system were designed to occur through a 'keyway'. The observation of the 'keyway' directly adjacent to the drainage tile supports the department's conclusion…”
This was by design ….intentionally done…on purpose….Mr. Dittmer knew about it and planned it. He has been caught putting hog waste into a ditch that goes to Hickory Creek, that goes to the Wapsipinicon River, that goes to the Mississippi River. So when question #20 on the MM was answered by Dittmer, regarding whether or not he had any environmental violations in the past five years, he answered no, that he hadn't. But, he only hadn't been caught…until now. How's that for integrity?
There will be an explosion of hog confinements all over Scott County and if there are under approximately 4,160 pigs at any one location, no state Master Matrix form needs to be filled out. No public hearing will be held. No neighbors will be required to be informed. The 'good neighbor' term, which never meant much anyway, will become defunct. Up the confinements will go. Down your property values will fall.
So beware the CAFO's. They will be coming close to you and your children. Hydrogen sulfide and ammonia from hog waste are toxins that cause eye and lung irritation, headaches, disorientation, and neurological damage according to Dr. Kaye Kilburn in the book Chemical Brain Injury. As adults, the main things we should always be looking for are the safety, health, and education of all children. When greed for money and sidestepping the rules take precedent, it is time for things to change.
You can help facilitate that change.
State legislators can start to fix the Master Matrix, or better yet, toss it out and start over. Contact your locally elected officials, your state representatives and senators, the governor's office and the DNR's Environmental Protection Commission to put stronger laws in place. Even if the DNR approves Dittmer's permit, which they had until September 20th to consider, talk with members of the Environmental Protection Commission about your concerns.
In the meantime, David Kirby author of Animal Factory: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy, and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment spoke at the Putnam Museum in Davenport on September 11th, and drew a crowd of nearly 170 people. His book deals with how rural citizens and communities in Illinois, North Carolina and Washington state have suffered from animal confinements and large open feedlots.
If Dittmer's expansion happens, this throws open the door for hundreds of additional hog confinements up and down the Mississippi River both in Iowa and Illinois. The proposed Triumph Foods will be closer to becoming a reality, and the degradation of the Quad Cities area will begin.
The time to stop this is now. As a former Soil and Water Commissioner from Scott County, I feel this is of extreme importance to all who live in this area, rural and urban to voice your opinion on the threat of these confinements and the proposed slaughterhouse. Do it for the children.
Progressive Action for the Common Good
An Iowa Perspective: BP Well From Hell v. World's Largest Slaughterhouse
Submitted by Molly Regan
I used to think Triumph's proposed slaughterhouse was the worst thing that could happen…this new disaster trumps all. ~
Well from Hell Destined to be Global Catastrophe
“Our fight against nature is one we have never won and this time it may be check-mate.
Few people in our modern world hunger for less. Instead go to war with nature and each other in our endless thirst for more. Perhaps in humankind’s arrogance, we have forgotten that all things in this world are borrowed.
Earthquakes and volcanos humble us only briefly. Hurricanes earn our respect until they pass. But the Macondo well field under the Gulf oil spill will be with us in one way or another – forever. This we cannot change. The well from Hell is giving the world the ultimate lesson in humility.”
“The damage from this oil spill is epic and Americans know this. Americans have a disquieting sense than the situation is worse than they're being told, that it's worse than even BP and the politicians know. On some level, in some portion of our core awareness, Americans are starting to realize how much trouble we're really in,” CNN reports.
The Well From Hell
The Dwarves dug too greedily and too deep. You know what they awoke in the darkness of Khazad-dum… shadow and flame.
— Saruman, The Lord of the Rings
There is something primordial about BP's quest for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. It's an Icarus-like story of super-ambition; of reaching too far, delving too deep.
Some geologists say that BP's arrogance has set off a series of events that may be irreversible. There are some that think that BP has drilled into an deep-core oil volcano that cannot be stopped, regardless of the horizontal drills the company claims will stop the oil plume in August.
(click here to read the entire article)
Molly Regan, activist extraordinaire, environmental facilitator, elected official, is a member of Progressive Action for the Common Good in the Quad Cities. Don't forget to CPR…Conserve/Participate/Recycle
Francis Thicke In First Place For Democracy For America Endorsement – Go Vote Now!
Francis Thicke is right now in first place for a DFA endorsement. Please vote for Francis, instructions below. Winning a DFA endorsement could
help the campaign with fundraising on a national level. [Editor's note: President Obama was once a Dean Dozen candidate]. Please go now and cast your vote for Francis Thicke for Agriculture Secretary of Iowa.
To vote for me, go to DemocracyforAmerica.com. On their home page, click on log in/sign up.
You can sign up via Facebook on the left side, or just sign in on the right side of the page.
When signed in, click on Endorsements. Then click on Current Applicants. When you get to the Campaign page, scroll down a bit. You will see that I am now in first place. Above my photo, click on Thicke for Agriculture. Next, click on Join campaign, under Voice Your Support. Then a box will appear giving you the option of leaving a comment, with the tab Voice Support beneath it. Click on Voice Support. That is the last step.
Thanks a lot!! We are now in the lead, but the Congressional candidate from California is likely to try to catch us.
Rally Against Proposed Slaughterhouse on Wetlands In Quad-Cities
proposed to be built on wetlands on Barstow Road in Rock Island county
followed by mass industrial hog confinements in eastern Iowa and western
River Rally at Riverside
Saturday June 26, 4-7 PM
Riverside United Methodist Life Center
2410 41st St., Moline, IL
Chris Petersen, Iowa Farmers Union
Art Norris – Quad Cities Waterkeeper
Hudson, Illinois Citizens for Clean Air and Water
Terry Spence – Family Farms for the Future
Molly Regan – Progressive Action for the Common Good
Learn about the largest proposed slaughterhouse in our country and how it will permanently change your life, your childrens' lives and your community.
and beverage served. For more information call 563-321-7458
Iowa To Be Affected By Largest Slaughterhouse Ever
by Molly Regan
“…the tip of the environmental disaster iceberg”
Several miles from where the John Deere Classic golf tournament is held in Rock Island county Illinois, is the proposed location of a hog slaughterhouse. This slaughterhouse is slated to kill 16,000 pigs a day.
The result would bring nearly 250 semis a day from all around western Illinois and across the seven bridges that span the Mississippi River from Clinton to Davenport, IOWA. Hog waste, flies, mosquitoes, noise and light pollution, air filled with hydrogen sulfide and ammonia are just the tip of the environmental-disaster iceberg.
At the proposed site are four wetlands according to an employee at the Army Corps of Engineers. These wetlands act like a sponge. They help keep the Rock River from flooding worse than it already does, and at times, that can be quite extensive. Just ask someone who lives in Barstow or along Barstow Road. With these wetlands filled in, the flooding will increase. The Rock River flooded in February of 2009 after an early thaw and then iced over again.
Nearby, in IOWA, the rural country side will be riddled with an explosion of CAFO's small to huge to feed the appetite of those in Japan. It was reported several years ago by Triumph Foods that this proposed slaughterhouse would supply over 20% of its product to the Japanese. So, Iowa and Illinois are supposed to become the sewer for Japan so that Triumph can bring them meat that they don't raise. We are already the sewer for ourselves, the Mississippi, and for the Gulf of Mexico.
Infrastructure from bridges, interstates, primary and secondary roads including gravel roads, will need more maintenance…Who will pay for that? Not Triumph. You and I.
The last Friday in September 2006 on Highway 67 just north of LeClaire, IOWA a truck filled with animal parts and waste had an accident & spilled its load. Le Claire firefighters had to wash it off the highway. They washed it into a ditch about 100' feet from the Mississippi River. Guess where some of that ended up eventually?
On a late November day in 2004 when there were 30-40 mile an hour winds from the north, I could smell the stench of pig waste in Moline and knew the closest confinement was over five miles away, but still close enough for its smell to move miles.
It travels and it will travel to you. To your home, to the inside of your vehicle with your children as you travel across Scott county in Iowa or Rock Island county in Illinois. It will find you outside at a fair or a friend's graduation. Often one of the local bridges is backed up or closed for construction or an accident.
Hope you are not stuck on a bridge with one of these semis, loaded or unloaded. It will be too late then to speak out regarding this monstrosity when your nose and lungs are burning.
The John Deere Classic will go away. Every event in the Quad City area will be affected. Do you think over 10,000 runners will still want to navigate Brady Street Hill in Davenport for the Bix Beiderbecke Run while trying to catch their breath from pig fumes? It's a matter of physics & chemistry.
If this is built, they will go away.
We rest in a lowered elevation here along the beautiful Mississippi River Valley region. Our air will fill in with stench. You will have to keep your windows shut more often. The waste will be along our roads and the asthma causing toxins will fill the air.
This slaughterhouse will NOT cause economic development, it will cause people to move away.
One of the businesses that follows slaughterhouses is a semi wash. There was one built in a small IOWA town. It was so overused, it caused animal waste to come up into residents' washing machines and toilets.
This past year in a different state, waste from a livestock semi ended up on a highway, and children were injured when their school bus slid thru the * # * %
The hydrogen sulfide and ammonia and other toxins given off when hog waste accumulates in pits beneath the confinements, are extremely harmful to those who breath them in. According to Dr. Kaye Kimball in his book “Chemical Brain Injury,” he (yes, he's a he) says hydrogen sulfide and ammonia from animal waste cause disorientation, memory loss and death.
Please contact your elected officials. Triumph foods wants their loan for this awful project to be backed by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in case they default. If this backing is approved by the USDA, and if Triumph goes under or defaults, who will pay for it?…You and I, the taxpayers.
Certain business people want government regulators off their back, but the next day, they have an open, outstretched palm for a government subsidy or guarantee. Regulations should trump all.
This type of business and the CAFOs that follow, are not sustainable. They do not support the small independent family farmers.
When Triumph built its slaughterhouse in St. Joseph, Missouri, many were brought in from outside the area to build it. These are just several reasons why other citizens protested loudly when Triumph came to their town to try to build. Triumph was told … NO!.
Read David Kirby's new book “Animal Factory” as he traces the true stories of how hog confinements robbed people of their livelihood and health. “Empire Of The Pigs” by Donald Bartlett & James Steele has excellent informational background on these confinements and their effects on people. Bartlet & Steele's articles appeared in Time magazine in 1998.
These award winning writers will tell you what happens when a slaughterhouse moves near or into a community.
This is our community. This is our playground.
loan guarantee for Triumph. Call Vilsack's DC office at the USDA
Regan, activist extraordinaire, environmental facilitator, elected
official, and member of Progressive Action for
the Common Good in the Quad Cities. Don't forget to CPR…Conserve/Participate/Recycle
Going Green: I-Renew's Energy & Sustainability Expo in Norway, Iowa
Even with fall and turning leaves just around the corner, Iowas future is looking green.
The Iowa Renewable Energy
Association (I-Renew) invites you to learn more about what renewable
energy can mean to you and your future by attending the 2009 Renewable
Energy and Sustainability Expo, September 12-13 in Norway, Iowa. Expo
hours are from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday, and 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM
The I-Renew Expo will feature over 60 workshops and
speakers that will cover everything from wind, solar and geothermal
energy to incorporating green building technologies into new and
retro-construction There will also be information about green job
opportunities and ways to identify and implement sustainable foods and
lifestyle choices. A demonstration area will feature working solar and
wind power displays, and cars that run on alternative fuels. Exhibitors
of all types will be on hand to answer questions.
Great food will be provided by local vendors, hands-on childrens
activities are planned, and area musicians will entertain attendees.
Admission price is $10 per day for adults. Children under 3 are free
and kids from 3-12 are $5 per day. I-Renew members are admitted free of
charge. Campers can set up on part of the 60-acre site for a nominal
fee of $10 per night.
The I-Renew Expo 2009 is being hosted by
Frontier Natural Products Co-op, a leading manufacturer of natural and
organic products. Frontier is located 3021 78th Street, Norway, Iowa.
Coming from either direction on Highway 30, turn south on 30th Avenue
and then take the first left in Norway on Euclid Rd.
I-Renew Energy and Sustainability Expo relies on volunteers to help
organize and run the Expo. If you can help in any way, sign up on their
website or give I-Renew a call. Visit I-Renew for ongoing
Mike Carberry, Executive Director
PO Box 3405, Iowa City IA 52244
319-338-1076 office/ 319594-6453 mobile