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New Media Inquiry
written by jim Parks, September 01, 2010
Hello River Cities Reader

I am a video producer and the host of HGTV’s “New Spaces”
-- with an “eco video feature” to pitch to your online edition.

Please send name and contact info for the appropriate person
to approach.

My Thanks In Advance,

Jim Parks
Today's Green Minute

Falling for love
written by Mary Olson, October 05, 2010
Love Story

The year was 1995, on a cool October morning I was on my way on a school fieldtrip. The bus was full of happy jumpy kids. I was twelve at the time and was extremely excited to go on my first trip to Wild Cat Den State Park. The bus pulled up with all of the kids rushing to get out and explore the large area of trees and cliffs. It was so beautiful with the leaves orange and red, the smell of the fresh air was like dancing on a cloud. It had just finished raining earlier that morning so the ground was full of leaves and rain drops.
I ran with some of the other kids enjoying every minute of the beauty that lay before me. I stopped to tie my shoes. By the time I was finished tying, the other kids ran way ahead of me. So I went on alone. Little did I know, I had gone off the trail and slipped. I slid down a small hill and I saw a huge tree that I tried to wrap my arms around, but it was a very large tree. On my way down I saw a parent that had come along to help watch over us. That was the last thing I saw.
I came to, just to realize that I fell off a cliff. I cried out for help but my words were empty. I had the wind knocked right out of me. Finally, the parent that I saw on my way down the cliff rushed up to me. I cried, for I thought I was going to die. I was moving my right arm, but noticed it wasn’t moving. My arm was broken. The ambulance came and put me on a stretcher and raced me to the hospital.
While I was at the hospital I learned that a boy that was on the fieldtrip had also fallen off a cliff. Apparently he fell ten minutes before I did. He fell thirty feet and had internal bleeding. I only fell twenty feet. The doctors did surgery on my arm and sent me on my way. Three days later it was time for trick or treating. I decided that I would go for the boy who fell and for me. With one arm, it was a difficult task, but I managed.
I took the bag of treats to the boy and I met him for the first time. He got me a balloon and a card. I thought it was sweet. He stayed in the hospital for quite some time. When he got out, he came over to my house for a holiday get together. We saw each other a few times in school and out of school, but we somehow drifted away from one another.
Fourteen years later, I was looking for a friend on my space. I just so happened to see the boy who fell on my friend’s friend list. I couldn’t believe it. I sent him a friend request and he added me. He did not remember who I was at first. I reminded him who I was and he was ecstatic. We decided to get to know each other again. November the fifth, we will be married for a year. It has been amazing. Ironically enough, we still visit Wild Cat Den, and our favorite month is October. Can you guess our favorite holiday? Halloween.

Written By: Mary Townsley-Olson
written by Chris Dean, May 17, 2011
Kathleen McCarthy, that irreverent scamp, has once more bruised my brain with another of her intelligent commentaries. Her editorial in the 772nd edition of the RRR squeezes so much data into the space normally allotted for the average-sized grocery list that I quite literally have information squirting out my ears. And the incredible thing about this loquacious lady's diatribe is that she is not pontificating one bit. Her arguments are cogent and they ring true, and she is actually trying to make us smarter with this darn thing. Now for me, this might very well be the eventual result of perusing her editorial but it is far too soon to tell. I'll let you know when the swelling goes down.

I am not thrilled with the title however; RUBBER-STAMPING AGENDA 21 STARTS IN SCOTT COUNTY. It's just too meek. I would prefer something like, COMMUNIST INSURGENCY RIGHT HERE IN OUR BACKYARD. Because that's what redistribution of wealth is, isn't it? And just as the Kiota Accords are a scurrilous attempt to promote worldwide economic equality couched within a veil of environmental responsibility, Agenda 21 is an irreducible inundation of glorified ideals that eclipses its true purpose: Control, and redistribution of resources. There is a Brave New World coming it seems. And America may well become a victim of this new insidious dystopia. As Ms. McCarthy exemplifies in her editorial we have nothing to gain from Agenda 21 and so much to lose. Our property, our freedom, and our liberties.

For all her acumen and perceptive abilities, Ms. McCarthy does have a puzzling innocence. She seems to be surprised that the government might extort us with our own money. And apparently she does not have an insurance policy, a mortgage, a health care program, or a cell phone agreement, because she also finds it notable that Agenda 21 and subsequent supportive documentation are rife with obviation and misleading phraseology. I'm sorry, but it is not odd at all to find local and state bureaucracies coerced by the promise of the almighty buck, it's the way things have been done for a long, long time. And the practice of complicating issues with cumbersome verbiage is as American as pan baked fruit desert.

There are no unalienable property rights, as Ms. McCarthy suggests, in the Constitution and if there are in the Declaration of Independence I believe this was mispelt {sic}. We do have a constitutional right to be accorded just compensation for appropriation of property. But as thousands of ranchers and farmers learned during the creation of the Transcontinental Railroad, often the judicial interpretation of just is synonymous with un-just.

The United States of America was originally created to provide equality for white landholding males. This is a sad but true fact. We have come such a long way toward providing equality and liberty for all members of our great nation. And freedom. We cherish our freedom. We've come such a long way, that to pander the rest of the world's envy with Agenda 21 is unconscionable. This sacrifice of our freedom to be a separate and independent nation is a terrible transmogrification. For us, our country, and especially for our children.

Chris Dean
about the political cartoon
written by Robert Jordan, July 26, 2011
The political cartoon is so lame. I hope you don't actually pay for it. Also, I think it's kinda racist.
Ron Paul not only Predicted the Collapse but also would have Prevented it
written by Nathan A., November 07, 2011
If the economy is the primary issue in the upcoming PresidentialElection then why not vote for the one Candidate in the race who not onlyPredicted the Housing Bubble & Financial Collapse, but also Proposed a Billthat would have Prevented it? And if my fellow Republicans want to win back the White House that's a pretty solid Sales Pitch.

Although he predicted this would happen as early as 1998(search: Ron Paul predicted collapse) the following statement came 5 yearsprior to the economic collapse.

Congressman Ron Paul

U.S.House of Representatives

July 16, 2002

“Mr. Speaker, I rise to introduce the Free Housing MarketEnhancement Act. This legislation restores a free market in housing byrepealing special privileges for housing-related government sponsoredenterprises (GSEs). These entities are the Federal National MortgageAssociation (Fannie), the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie), andthe National Home Loan Bank Board(HLBB). According to the Congressional BudgetOffice, the housing-related GSEs received $13.6 billion worth of indirectfederal subsidies in fiscal year 2000alone.

One of the major government privileges granted these GSEs isa line of credit to the United States Treasury. According to some estimates,the line of credit may be worth over $2 billion. This explicit promise by theTreasury to bail out these GSEs in times of economic difficulty helps themattract investors who are willing to settle for lower yields than they woulddemand in the absence of the subsidy. Thus, the line of credit distorts theallocation of capital. More importantly, the line of credit is a promise onbehalf of the government to engage in a massive unconstitutional and immoralincome transfer from working Americans to holders of GSE debt.

The Free Housing Market Enhancement Act also repeals theexplicit grant of legal authority given to the Federal Reserve to purchase thedebt of housing-related GSEs. GSEs are the only institutions besides the UnitedStates Treasury granted explicit statutory authority to monetize their debtthrough the Federal Reserve. This provision gives the GSEs a source ofliquidity unavailable to their competitors.

Ironically, by transferring the risk of a widespreadmortgage default, the government increases the likelihood of a painful crash inthe housing market. This is because the special privileges of Fannie, Freddie,and HLBB have distorted the housing market by allowing them to attract capitalthey could not attract under pure market conditions. As a result, capital isdiverted from its most productive use into housing. This reduces the efficacyof the entire market and thus reduces the standard of living of all Americans.

However, despite the long-term damage to the economyinflicted by the government’s interference in the housing market, thegovernment’s policies of diverting capital to other uses creates a short-termboom in housing. Like all artificially-created bubbles, the boom in housingprices cannot last forever. When housing prices fall, home owners will experiencedifficulty as their equity is wiped out. Furthermore, the holders of themortgage debt will also have a loss. These losses will be greater than theywould have otherwise been had government policy not actively encouraged over-investmentin housing.

Perhaps the Federal Reserve can stave off the day ofreckoning by purchasing GSE debt and pumping liquidity into the housing market,but this cannot hold off the inevitable drop in the housing market forever. Infact, postponing the necessary but painful market corrections will only deepenthe inevitable fall. The more people invested in the market, the greater theeffects across the economy when the bubble bursts.

No less an authority than Federal Reserve Chairman AlanGreenspan has expressed concern that government subsidies provided to the GSEsmake investors underestimate the risk of investing in Fannie Mae and FreddieMac.

Mr. Speaker, it is time for Congress to act to removetaxpayer support from the housing GSEs before the bubble bursts and taxpayersare once again forced to bail out investors misled by foolish governmentinterference in the market. I therefore hope my colleagues will stand up forAmerican taxpayers and investors by cosponsoring the Free Housing MarketEnhancement Act.”
Sooo sick of Kathleen McCarthy's articles
written by Joe Clem, December 12, 2011
Sooo sick of Kathleen McCarthy vomiting her personal opinion all over the rest of us issue after issue. If she actually had any friends she'd know NOBODY CARES WHAT SHE THINKS! This Ron Paul article is way over the top. She could have posed the question "Does Ron Paul Personify Iowa's GOP Party platform, lay out the facts, and let the reader decide. But instead, AS USUAL, she shoves her halfbaked OPINION down everybody's throat. Eliminate the "Words From the Editor" section. It's a waste of space. There is nothing fair and balanced about her articles. They are always one-sided, narcassitic, arrogant, rants. That's what Facebook/MySpace and Blogs are for. Readers expect more from newspapers. Did you guys found this paper just to give her a platform to vomit her personal opinion all over the unsuspecting public?! Here's an idea, pose a question, lay out the facts, and let THE READER decide.

Another waste of space is the political cartoon. Have you read this weeks cartoon? (12/8-21/2011). Sometimes stupid is funny but this cartoon is just lame. I hope you don't pay who ever writes this crap real money.

I'm not going to read The Reader anymore
written by jan Ridell, December 13, 2011
The Reader has become a racist, right-wing propaganda paper. Todd McGreevy and Kathleen Mc Carthy clearly use this paper to promote their own racist, right-wing political agenda. Enough is enough. I wonder if their sponsors/advertisers realize by advertising in this paper, they are endorsing the McGreevy's racist, right-wing polical views.
RE: I'm not going to read The Reader anymore
written by Pearlie, December 15, 2011
Hey many more times do you want to throw the word "racist" around? Seriously, you got anything more original?
Joe Penry
Reasons NOT to vote for Ron Paul
written by Joe Penry, December 20, 2011
Voted against emisasions regulations for cement manufacturers
Voted against mine safety act
voted against health care bill, even the watered down version we have now.
voted for temporary tarriff suspensions and reductions, which would have helped the U.S. steel industry.
So you see, Paul is anti worker and nothing more than a corporatist. And isn't that what people are fighting against now? Do not fall for the Paul rhetoric.
Oh, by the way, all of Paul's (and all other reps. votes) are at
Re: Reasons NOT to vote for Ron Paul
written by Nicholas King, December 20, 2011
Hey Joe, do you know what a corporatist is all about? Big Business colluding with Big Government. Dr. Paul is about as small government as you can get. There are no lobbyists lining up outside his congressional door. He get's nearly 100% of his donations, 10 to $100 at a time, from thousands of small donors. He understands that government regulations are written by the corporations and put into legislation laws that benefit Big Business and not the workers.
written by Dr. Jekyll, December 20, 2011
Vote Smart said that Paul voted against the PATRIOT Act. Very cool.
Ron Paul is a racist
written by Terry Snow, December 21, 2011
Ron Paul is a racist plain and simple. He cannot deny the racist rhetoric that was published in HIS news letter in HIS name from which he made millions of dollars. I find it interested that The Reader neglected to mention that in their glowing endorsement. But I’m not surprised. Kathleen McCarthy seems to be the defender of all things racist. She seems to find an excuse or rationale for such things. I remember when that guy on the Davenport City Counsel was accused of making racist remarks. It was Kathleen McCarthy to the rescue! Of course Ron Paul isn’t a racist. In Kathleen McCarthy’s mind there’s no such thing. Racist are no more real to her than Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny. Do you know what they call people who support racist, people who defend racism, people who try to minimize racism? Uh, racist. Racism is hate. There’s no difference between Al-Qaeda’s hate for Americans, racists whites hate for blacks and Jews, the Religious Right’s hate for Gays, etc. Hate is hate is hate. Your hate is no more justified than there’s. You’re hate is fuel to the fire of hate that is responsible for such tragedies as 911. White Americans would be outraged if a radical, American born terrorist Muslim group wanted to “Adopt A Highway.” But the same people don’t seem to have a problem with radical, American born terrorist groups like the KKK or Skin Heads doing it. I guess terrorism is okay as long as the terrorist don’t target CERTAIN people. You cannot by definition be a Godly person and have hate in your heart. The truth is all hate is self hate. You can’t hate your brother without hating yourself for he is a part of you. I do not hate Kathleen McCarthy because if I did, I would be no better than her. And I too would be adding my kindling to the fire of hate that is responsible for all the violence in the world. Print this is “The Reader.”
Todd McGreevy
Walking the Talk...
written by Todd McGreevy, December 21, 2011
Okay... some pretty damning accusations of racism here by Jan Ridell and Terry Snow (who I do not know). So please, share with our readers some evidence of the racism you allege. Rather than ad hominem attacks, please be specific... e.g. "that guy on the Davenport City Counsel (sic)" does not bolster your argument. You are welcome to rant all you want on this website, but we do strive for substantive debate with evidence of one's assertions, neither of which either of you have exhibited.
Hero or Felon?
written by Cheyenne Francis, January 05, 2012
When CNN acclaimed Robin Lim (a former Iowan) as the “Hero of the Year” on December 11, 2011, midwives and mothers the world over rejoiced. “Mother Robin” earned the title for her humanitarian work in Indonesia, where she has founded two free, midwife-staffed maternity clinics.

Ironically, the very practice of midwifery which has gained Lim international renown could have landed her a charges of felony had she been reported for practicing midwifery in Iowa, her home base of many years. That’s because Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) such as Lim are not allowed licensure within the state, and thus are charged with practicing medicine without a license—despite the fact that the CPM credential has been proven for its safety and excellence, and is already the standard of midwifery licensure for many other states nationwide.

It makes sense why midwives would be needed in the developing world, where healthcare costs can be prohibitive. However, many people don’t realize that midwifery care saves lives even in Western nations. The United States is a far cry from the safest place on Earth to give birth, according to statistics. Those nations which best outdo us utilize midwifery care for 70% of all births.

Iowa-born and educated midwifery champion Ina May Gaskin has proven the benefits of midwifery care in her practice in Tennessee. In over 2,000 births, Gaskin’s practice has maintained excellent statistics in maternal and newborn outcomes, with extraordinarily low complication rates—statistics, in fact, much better outcomes than the overall national average for maternity care.

So which way is it—and how should it be? Are midwives such as Lim and Gaskin heroes—or felons? America at large has given its answer in voting Robin Lim a hero. If you agree, get in touch with Friends of Iowa Midwives (
Kathleen, Kathleen, Kathleen
written by Kate Julian, May 11, 2012
Said of Napoleon (1842), "Discours de réception a L'Académie Française prononcé le 21 Avril ..... In a democracy, the people get the government they deserve.

Our govenment is merely a reflection of our society (always has been, always will be). When people get sick and tired of being sick and tired they rebel and start a revolution which results in an evolution of our government. Until then, my little friend, it doesn't pay to complain... Don't shake your stick at the government, shake it at society.
Tackling the Debt and Recession
written by Alex Sokolow, July 30, 2012
Dear Editor,

To keep the national debt and looming entitlement shortages from threatening the availability of funds for defense and other necessities, we should urge our elected officials and candidates to vote for such deficit reduction measures as those proposed by Senators Coburn and/or Lieberman, and/or the House Budget Committee. The latter is expected to bring in surpluses and start paying down the debt by 2040.
Until then, however, our defenses and other necessities are vulnerable to any changes in foreign investor sentiment. Moreover, having debt over 90% of GDP is bad for economic growth. Thus we should try to pay off the debt sooner.
We might, for a shorter term, lease a 20% interest in rainforest land--in return for our government partnering with experts to show landowners how to harvest the rainforests many times more profitably. This is discussed at (As for subsistence farmers, a practice called Inga alley cropping is discussed at Regarding the cutting down of trees for firewood, an organization known as Solar Cookers International obviates such need for perhaps $5 a person. For any of the world’s lumber companies needing assistance in learning sound practices of selectivity without clear-cutting, we could make that knowledge available for a fee.)

Sincerely, Alex Sokolow
Kathleen's article on Civil Commitment for Facebook...
written by Lisa Mills, September 04, 2012
Civil Commitment for Facebook... Perhaps, if the officials the Univ. of Colorado had done the same thing, those innocent people at the Aurora movie theater would still be alive. If the "government" hadn't stepped in and this guy went on a shooting rampage, everybody would be demanding to know why something wasn't done. On a personal note, you seem to be a rebel without a cause. This paper is not your passion. You seem to be trying to fill a void in your life by going on frustrated, angry rants disguised as causes to deal with some lack of fulfillment in your own life. If you want kids and are having trouble, don't smoke, don't drink, no caffeine and take vitamin B supplements for 4 months, or adopt, or foster, or become a big sister! Or volunteer. You seem to have a lot of time and passion to devote to something-- but I don't think this paper is that something. I don't think writing articles for this paper is your real passion nor do I think politics is your passion. What do you want out of this life? What do you want to give the world and what do you want the world to give to you? Find your passion and you will find happiness. Find your purpose and you will find your passion. I doubt that this paper is it.
The War on Whistleblowers - A dissonance within a good analysis
written by Clark T. Scott, June 18, 2013
Kathleen McCarthy's article was very good and very informative, but I am stuck by one sentence which undermines the whole and I think it goes to the crux of the confusion between who is the "government" and who is being oppressed by this so-called government.

The sentence, "Information is power, and power corrupts" is an inappropriately glib assessment which must be wrong.

People need to be able to make informed decisions based upon truth and facts. The whole point of the article is that it is wrong for anyone to deny us the ability to make informed decisions. Denial of the truth is the work of deviants who would use power to oppress other people, Yet, we are then told "power corrupts." This blanket statement implies that to have information is to be corrupted.

Further, it implies that for a person to not be corrupted they must be ignorant of the truth. I REALLY do not think this is the message you want to be reinforcing. I say "reinforcing" because this IS the message we are given by Washington and Wall Street and their corporate mouthpieces. They have created a huge, monstrous, crushing glacier of opacity and ignorance in the name of power.

It does seem very clear that "Absolute power corrupts absolutely," but the real power of transparency of information (and the power of people) is that it is a safeguard against the perversity of Absolute power.

Please use this power conflict to refine your good writing.

Thank you,

Clark T. Scott

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