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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.

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PR: Honoring and supporting our nation’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11 | 8:00 am

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. Although our nation may never be able to fully repay the debt we owe those who have served, I strongly believe that we have a moral responsibility to serve those who have worn our country’s uniform with the same dedication and honor with which they have served our nation.

I have had the privilege of visiting our troops serving overseas, and each time I have brought letters written to them by children across Eastern Iowa. These notes bring welcome messages from home and remind our troops that their country stands behind them. If you would like to send a card to our men and women in uniform during the holidays, I have posted information on my website.

While our troops defend our nation abroad, we must work to meet the challenges here at home. Whether it is through volunteering in your community; hiring a veteran, so many of whom have been particularly hard hit in this recession; or lending a helping hand to a neighbor, we can each make a difference.

Today, I urge all Iowans to take a moment to thank a veteran, to teach your children what it means to serve, and to give thanks for the freedoms we enjoy because of our veterans’ and their loved ones’ sacrifices. And after today, as we return to our daily lives, let us honor and support those who wear our nation’s uniform; let us care for those who have served; and let us live up to the sacrifices generations of veterans have made and that our servicemembers continue to make today.

To all Iowans who have served and to those serving today — thank you for your service to our nation.

Sincerely,

Dave Loebsack
Iowa’s Second District

(Editor’s note: This release is being reprinted as a courtesy to our readers.)

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