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Open letter to readers: Today and tomorrow

By Lynda Waddington | 11.17.11

Wednesday was a difficult day for The American Independent News Network, which is the larger entity that operates The Iowa Independent. Our chief executive and founder announced two of our sister sites would close and their content would be moved to The American Independent.

ACS lockout continues; plan emerges to repeal sugar protections

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By Virginia Chamlee | 11.15.11

A recently introduced bill could have far-reaching impact on the U.S. sugar industry, including American Crystal Sugar, a farmer-owned cooperative that locked out 1,300 Midwest workers on Aug. 1.

Cain campaign: Farmers know more about regulations than EPA

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By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.15.11

The chairman for Herman Cain’s Iowa effort says the campaign “relied more on the word of farmers than Washington regulators” in deciding to run an ad containing claims the Environmental Protection Agency says are false.

Mathis wins, Democrats maintain Senate control

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By Lynda Waddington | 11.08.11

The Iowa Senate will remain under the control of a slim 26-25 Democratic majority when it reconvenes in January 2012.

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PR: Nation should work to address veterans’ challenges

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

BRUCE BRALEY RELEASE — As US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan ends, it’s more important than ever that our nation works to address the challenges faced by the men and women who fought there.

PR: Honoring veterans, help in hiring

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

CHUCK GRASSLEY RELEASE — A difficult job market is challenging the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have protected America’s interests by serving in the Armed Forces.

PR: In honor of America’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

TOM LATHAM RELEASE — No one has done more to secure the freedom enjoyed by every single American than our veterans and those currently serving in the armed services.

PR: Honoring and supporting our nation’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

DAVE LOEBSACK RELEASE — Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect on the service of generations of veterans and to honor the sacrifices they and their families have made so that we may live in peace and freedom here at home.

Iowa Poll: 62 percent say gay marriage shouldn’t be an issue this year

By Jason Hancock | 02.08.10 | 8:36 am

More than 60 percent of Iowans surveyed in the latest Des Moines Register Iowa Poll say lawmakers have more important things to worry about than same-sex marriage.

The poll, with a margin of error of 3.5 percent, found Iowans are more interested in a ban on text messaging while driving than on overturning the Iowa Supreme Court’s decision last April legalizing gay marriage.

From the Register:

House Minority Leader Kraig Paulsen, R-Hiawatha, gave this take on the results: “I think of that collection of topics, they’re clearly interested in government sticking to its core business, which is public safety.”

Regulation of texting and driving deserves lawmakers’ time, 72 percent of respondents said. The topic least worthy of debate: gay marriage. Only 36 percent of Iowans want lawmakers to focus efforts on the issue.

But Paulsen later returned to the topic of same-sex marriage, blaming poll results on a public relations push that has convinced people that a ban is “something that takes a lengthy period of time,” Paulsen said. “There’s no reason it should have to take more than 30 minutes.”

Opponents of same-sex marriage are expected to begin pushing a constitutional amendment overturning the court’s ruling Monday. One Iowa, the state’s largest gay-rights organization, began warning supporters last week that House Republicans were planning to invoke House Rule 60, which would allow for a bill to be brought to the full House floor without being passed through committee.

The procedural move is seen as necessary following promises by Democratic leaders in both the House and Senate that gay marriage would not be discussed during the 2010 session. Democrats currently hold a 56-44 advantage in the House and a 32-18 advantage in the Senate.

Friday marks the first self-imposed deadline for bills to clear a committee to stay eligible for consideration this year.

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Comments

  • EddieTechie

    I'd like to see the actual poll questions. I know MANY people upset about the Democrats refusing a vote on this issue.

    It would take 30 minutes, as the amendment is only one line. It takes more time to respond to the criticism than to put this to a vote, so why are they promoting perversion? Let us vote!

    • jc77

      you suck… the only pervert around here is YOU !

    • mckayla90

      Shut up, Eddie. Go cry to your bigoted friends and family. You don't deserve to vote on a minorites happiness you hate mongering bully.

    • shadow_man

      Haha, it's quite funny. Where's your “will of the majority” argument now? Oh yeah, that was just used to cover up your bigotry. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, Republicans pretend that argument doesn't exist. Just like the Maine vote proved that the “religious” argument was just a cover up for bigotry as well. Enjoy the bigotry while it lasts. Majority of 18-30 support gay marriage. Those under 18 support it even more, in some cases as high as 80%. When you old farts are long gone, we will achieve our full equality. When we start speaking out more and rallying out more, and no longer hide in the closet, we will get our point across, the fact that denying gay marriage is not only wrong and bigotry, but those who are against it are equivalent to the racists of the past.

    • http://www.facebook.com/MichaelKeithJohnson74 Mike Johnson

      Human rights shouldn't need to be voted on.

    • http://twitter.com/3Rivers_Writer Christina Rivers

      Then let’s all vote on whether it should be lawful for people to sleep around while we’re at it.

  • shadow_man

    To those of you using the Bible as a weapon against homosexuality, you are wrong. Homosexuality is not a sin. The Bible is constantly being taken out of context to support anti-gay views. Any educated Christian would know that. Scholars who have studied the Bible in context of the times and in relation to other passages have shown those passages (Leviticus, Corinthians, Romans, etc) have nothing to do with homosexuality. These passages often cherry-picked while ignoring the rest of the Bible. The sins theses passages are referring to are idolatry, Greek temple sex worship, prostitution, pederasty with teen boys, and rape, not homosexuality or two loving consenting adults.

    http://www.soulfoodministry.org/docs/English/No…
    http://www.jesus21.com/content/sex/bible_homose…
    http://www.christchapel.com/romans_inter.html
    http://www.stjohnsmcc.org/new/BibleAbuse/Biblic…
    http://www.gaychristian101.com/

    Thats why Jesus never mentions it as well. There is nothing immoral, wrong, or sinful about being gay. Jesus, however, clearly states he HATES hypocrites. If you preach goodness, then promote hate and twist the words of the Bible, you are a hypocrite, and will be judged and sent to hell. Homosexuals will not go to hell, hypocrites will.

    This is very similar to the religious bigots of the past, where they took Bible passages to condone slavery, keep women down, and used Bible passages to claim blacks as curses who should be enslaved by the white man. People used God to claim that blacks marrying whites was unnatural, and not of God's will.

  • shadow_man

    For those of you claiming homosexuality is a “lifestyle”, that is a false and ignorant statement. Homosexuality is not a choice. Just like you don't choose the color of your skin, you cannot choose whom you are sexually attracted to. If you can, sorry, but you are not heterosexual, you are bi-sexual. Virtually all major psychological and medical experts agree that sexual orientation is NOT a choice. Most gay people will tell you its not a choice. Common sense will tell you its not a choice. While science is relatively new to studying homosexuality, studies tend to indicate that its biological.

    http://www-news.uchicago.edu/releases/03/differ…
    http://www.newscientist.com/channel/sex/dn14146…
    Gay, Straight Men's Brain Responses Differ
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,155990,00.html
    http://www.livescience.com/health/060224_gay_ge…
    http://www.springerlink.com/content/w27453600k5…
    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2008/…

    There is overwhelming scientific evidence that homosexuality is not a choice. Sexual orientation is generally a biological trait that is determined pre-natally, although there is no one certain thing that explains all of the cases. “Nurture” may have some effect, but for the most part it is biological.

    And it should also be noted that:
    “It is worth noting that many medical and scientific organisations do believe it is impossible to change a person's sexual orientation and this is displayed in a statement by American Academy of Pediatrics, American Counseling Association, American Association of School Administrators, American Federation of Teachers, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American School Health Association, Interfaith Alliance Foundation, National Association of School Psychologists, National Association of Social Workers, and National Education Association.”

  • moonlightbarnes

    If some one has a sickness that could spread to other people,she or he should stay away from public to protect others.If science proved that homosexual is not a choice,it should be a disease.We do not blame for your sickness,we need to live in different areas.Exposing your problems to others is cruel.Despise sick people is not right either.Just be fair,intelligent and kind. Majority of people are not sick,spreading the epidemic of sexual malfunction to young generations is not fair.

    • rextrek1

      wow- just wow….talk about uneducated! by now 1000's of cpls HAVE MARRIED..and it has NOT affected anyone except – Iowa Businesses that MAKE $$$ from people marrying….Moonlightbarnes has some mental issues – please seek help!

      • moonlightbarnes

        THANKS!

      • http://twitter.com/3Rivers_Writer Christina Rivers

        Agreed. The government who wants to prevent gay marriage actually WANTS the $$$$, and so do many businesses (like churches).

        Is the problem with the economy based on people not getting married? ha

    • shadow_man

      http://www-news.uchicago.edu/releases/03/differ…
      http://www.newscientist.com/channel/sex/dn14146…
      Gay, Straight Men's Brain Responses Differ
      http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,155990,00.html
      http://www.livescience.com/health/060224_gay_ge…
      http://www.springerlink.com/content/w27453600k5…
      http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2008/…

      There is overwhelming scientific evidence that homosexuality is not a choice. Sexual orientation is generally a biological trait that is determined pre-natally, although there is no one certain thing that explains all of the cases. “Nurture” may have some effect, but for the most part it is biological.

      Here's a hint. There are other books based on facts other than your fantasy Bible. Look at any valid credible science, psychology, or medical book. They all prove that homosexuality is not a choice. They all prove that homosexuality is a normal healthy part of our existence. And most of all, keep your bigotry in your own home. Don't even spread it to your church, because God loves and created homosexuals.

  • rextrek1

    wow- just wow….talk about uneducated! by now 1000's of cpls HAVE MARRIED..and it has NOT affected anyone except – Iowa Businesses that MAKE $$$ from people marrying….Moonlightbarnes has some mental issues – please seek help!

  • moonlightbarnes

    THANKS!

  • shadow_man

    http://www-news.uchicago.edu/releases/03/differ…
    http://www.newscientist.com/channel/sex/dn14146…
    Gay, Straight Men's Brain Responses Differ
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,155990,00.html
    http://www.livescience.com/health/060224_gay_ge…
    http://www.springerlink.com/content/w27453600k5…
    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2008/…

    There is overwhelming scientific evidence that homosexuality is not a choice. Sexual orientation is generally a biological trait that is determined pre-natally, although there is no one certain thing that explains all of the cases. “Nurture” may have some effect, but for the most part it is biological.

    Here's a hint. There are other books based on facts other than your fantasy Bible. Look at any valid credible science, psychology, or medical book. They all prove that homosexuality is not a choice. They all prove that homosexuality is a normal healthy part of our existence. And most of all, keep your bigotry in your own home. Don't even spread it to your church, because God loves and created homosexuals.

  • http://twitter.com/3Rivers_Writer Christina Rivers

    First off, being gay or a lesbian is not a disease. The American Medical Association does not list homosexuality as a disease; neither does the Psychological Journal. Sorry. If you are talking about HIV/AIDS, the number of men, women and children who have the disease is not specific to GLBT people. In fact, statistics have now shown that HIV/AIDS is evenly shared by heterosexuals and homosexuals. The fact that moonlightbarnes says that the “majority of people are not sick” is also a fact that cannot be supported. How do you explain the flu virus striking millions of people and the United States Government calling it a ‘pandemic’? I would say that a majority of people are ill in some shape or form. Go to a pharmacy and ask how many people they are dispensing medication to. In Iowa, our population is made up of mostly people ages 50 and older. Please don’t tell me that the majority of those people are not currently or have been treated in the past for an illness. Sexual malfunction is not limited to homosexuals either. Plenty of heterosexual men and woman cannot perform sexual acts, are flaccid, or have to take medication in order to participate in sexual activity. Ever seen a Viagra commercial? How about the one for Cialis where the couples are in the bathtubs outside? To say that only homosexuals are promiscuous is also a common generalization to cover the fact that at an increasing rate heterosexuals are deciding to ‘play the field’ or shack up with someone instead of getting married. Does that mean they are abstaining from sex? Hardly. Moonlightbarnes, I don’t really want to know what your sexual habits are, but if you’ve had sex with more than one person in your life, then you have the same chance percentage-wise of contracting a sexually transmitted disease (like HIV/AIDS) as any GLBT person. Just sayin’. Your foot should be in your mouth right now instead of the blabber you’re calling the truth.

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