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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

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

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.

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King votes ‘no’ on 9/11 first responders bill

By Jason Hancock | 12.23.10 | 9:00 am

After weeks of delay by Republicans, the U.S. Senate finally passed a scaled-down version of legislation that provides assistance to 9/11 first responders who became ill from working at Ground Zero in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The bill was then sent to the U.S. House, where it passed 206 to 60, with U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Kiron) as the only member of the Iowa delegation in opposition.

Democratic U.S. Reps. Leonard Boswell and Dave Loebsack voted for the measure. Republican Tom Latham and Democrat Bruce Braley did not vote.

King did not issue a statement about his vote, and his office did not respond to a request for comment.

The $4.2 billion measure — down form more than $7 billion — compensates victims who developed cancer and other illnesses after inhaling the toxic cloud of dust and debris that formed from the collapse of the World Trade Center. It now heads to President Barack Obama for his signature.

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  • Adam Heywood

    He voted exactly as I wanted him. The things that should pay for their medical cost/care should be the one’s who caused it. The “moderate” muslims are the guilty ones! They refuse to stop the radical ones there for they should pay for it. It’s only logical and If they we start to make they pay for it then maybe they will stop it. The “moderate” muslims are always standing in the side lines waiting to see who win

    • Anonymous

      Tabling for the moment any question of the soundness of your analysis, I’m just curious about the details of your plan.

      Exactly which ‘moderate Muslims’ were you planning to make “pay” for it? And exactly how are they going to “pay”?

      Also— in the absence of any such “paying” forthcoming at present here in the real world— exactly what virtuous principle are you and Steve King upholding by refusing to take care of the 9/11 first responders? What point that you and Steve King are supposedly making is more important than that? And please explain in clear detail WHY your point is more important than medical care for them?

    • Laura O’Brian

      @Adam… how can anyone be any stupider than you???

  • Anonymous

    We should take care of the First Responders medical bills. No question. However, what else does this bill cover. There is no right to expect full pay and allowances following this catastrophe. Does the military get the same treatment. No. They are lucky to have their medical covered. There is no greater award than the Medal of Honor. This is given only to the few who have put their life on the line to save others. There have been very few awarded in the history of our nation. These heroes who survive to accept their award are few and far between. Their award from their greatful nation is $100 a month for life if they have survived. Where does this fit in with what is being awarded to the 9/11 first responders and/or their survivors. Again, I believe we should take care of these heroes but we cannot afford to carry them and their survivors forever. We certainly don’t do it for our military heroes.

    • Anonymous

      First, I’ve just skimmed the complete texts of both the House (HR 847) and Senate (S 1334) versions of this bill, and in neither did I find “full pay and allowances”— or in fact any pay or allowances— for the first responders. They get health benefits for injuries or illnesses caused by the 9/11 attacks. That’s it. And I noticed no benefits at all for their “survivors”.

      As for the military, the current Medal of Honor pension is actually $1,194 per month for life. (It is periodically adjusted upward, most recently in 2008.) That special extra pension is, of course, in addition to all of the other veterans benefits available to a Medal winner as to all veterans. And veterans in general get far more benefits of far more kinds than the narrow set of benefits granted to 9/11 first responders under this bill.

      • Anonymous

        Thank you for actually checking facts before you start spewing falsehoods unlike our King fans who will regurgitate upon comand anything that thier King puts forth.

  • Anonymous

    I certainly hope that Iowa’s “First Responders” never decide to stage their own filibuster. As for Mr. Hayward’s comments, using your rationale I gess we’ll be seeing planeloads of Iraqi wounded “first Responders” heading over here fr treatment.

  • Anonymous

    Good. There no evidence first responders aren’t being taken care of. The bill was even named after a man who NY medical examiners found died not because of damage done after 9/11 but damage caused by drug use, and is nothing but a big target for trial lawyers. It’s a feel-good, do little legislation (except for the lawyers who’ll sue to get a piece of it) and King is one of the few people in Congress who comes from a district where people won’t necessarily knee-jerk whine about his opposition to this PR trap.

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