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The Coralville Courier Endorses Reed for U.S. Senate

In watching the latter half of the GOP Primary Senate debate last night on IPTV, it was obvious - George Eichhorn is a politician, and Chrisopher Reed is not.  If Steve Rathje had bothered to show up, there would be a comment about him as well.

Eichhorn gave answers a politician gives, Reed did not.  That's a slam on career politician mentality, not on Reed's intellect.  Both men are capable, but if you were to put a wager on who would best represent the interests of Iowans, put your money and your vote on Reed.

Christopher_reedThat's what's appealing in this primary race, Iowans have a chance to send new blood to Washington, as our founding fathers intended.  Career politicians are exactly what's wrong with Washington, they no longer listen to people and sadly they're out of touch.  We need more farmers and common sense in Washington, not more lawyers and legalese angle approaches to issues. 

Here's another appeal:  Eichhorn waves his list of legislator endorsements as a banner to show us he's capable of dealing and negotiating with liberals.  Reed doesn't want to negotiate, he wants to DEFEAT liberals and their ways.  He rejects their premises, and that's the kind of leader we need in Washington.


Teahen fails to address charges issued against him

Opting for personal attack instead of substance, Peter Teahen issued a press release on Thursday in an attempt to quell charges issued against him by David Tredrea.

BACKGROUND:  David Tredrea, from the United Kingdom is an experienced front-line disaster response professional.  He and Peter Teahen worked in Darfur together.  Tredrea has called into question Teahen's professional profile, to include Mr. Teahen's claims of experience and credentials.

It's interesting to note that Peter Teahen has gone on the attack of Tredrea, instead of directly addressing the charges issued against him and nipping this whole thing in the proverbial butt.  That would be the wisest and most expedient course of action would it not?

Where's your M.A. degree Teahen?  Show us your credentials.  You've also claimed you were a deputy medical examiner during the Oklahoma City bombing, where's the proof there?  You have to be a licensed physician in the state of Oklahoma to be an examiner, where are your credentials?  You claim to have looked down the barrel of a 50 caliber machine gun aimed at you by bandits in Darfur.  Why haven't any response team members corroborated your story?

In his press release, Teahen attempted a complete redirect by bringing in a letter that Martin McCann CEO of RedR-UK provided that "sets the record straight."  It does nothing of the sort.  Nobody has said that Teahen hasn't done some good work in his disaster response efforts.   The RedR letter commends Peter for some work he did.  OK, fine.  But the letter does absolutely nothing to address the specific charges levied against Teahen, the questions of resume embellishment, of story telling, of outright fabrication.  Teahen has some serious ethics charges hanging over his head and he has completely failed to provide of any substance whatsoever to support his own claims.

Teahen, his very questionable history (which by the way has been independently researched), and the political game of dodgeball he has chosen to play is the very kind of stuff voters are just sick and tired of.

We don't want to send somebody with questionable character to Washington.  We don't want to send somebody who won't give us straight up answers to Washington.  We don't want to send someone, who uses a rather liberal approach in rhetoric, to Washington.  Republicans in the Second District deserve much better.

We're not the only ones asking questions and finding Teahan's "answers" unsatisfactory either:

Krusty Konservative

Battleground Iowa


National Kidney Foundation of Iowa gives $775,000 for UI research

The National Kidney Foundation of Iowa recently made a gift of $775,000 to the University of Iowa Foundation to advance kidney research in the UI Division of Nephrology.

John B. Stokes, M.D., professor and director of the Division of Nephrology, a unit of the Department of Internal Medicine in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, said the endowment established by the gift will greatly enhance the division's laboratory and clinical research.

"This gift will help us in our efforts to discover the causes of kidney disease and to search for treatments and cures," Stokes said. "We are very grateful and honored that the National Kidney Foundation of Iowa chose to direct this important gift to the University of Iowa."

The National Kidney Foundation of Iowa is one of 51 affiliates of the National Kidney Foundation, a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, national voluntary health agency serving all of Iowa and Henry, Mercer and Rock Island counties in Illinois.

The gift establishes the Battles Kidney Disease Research Fund. The gift, named in memory of the late Vivian Battles of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, was presented at Community Health Charities Iowa's "Celebrating Partnerships" event April 18 in Coralville, Iowa. UI Health Care and the National Kidney Foundation of Iowa are among the 19 health-related charities represented by Community Health Charities Iowa.

The UI Division of Nephrology provides clinical, teaching and research programs that serve individuals and families throughout the Midwest as well as nationally and internationally.

The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information about the UI Foundation visit http://www.uiowafoundation.org.

Editor's Note:  This is outstanding news and donations such as this are not uncommon folks.  You just don't see enough of these kinds of stories in the mainstream media.  You're more likely to see a story about some government-handout-loving-college-department-egghead whining about a need for more taxpayer money for pet educational programs than a story such as you've just read.  So the next time you hear some legislator or college legislator beating the drum for taxpayer money, ask them if they've knocked on private organization and non-profits doors first.


How well do voters know Peter Teahen?

Peter_teahenA Cedar Rapids, Iowa, funeral home director is running for Congress in Iowa’s 2nd District.

Peter Teahen, 54, is facing off against two other Republican hopefuls to unseat U.S. Representatuve Dave Loebsack, a liberal Democrat from Mount Vernon.  The GOP primary is June 3rd.

Teahen is recognized for his work in the Cedar Rapids community, as well as a volunteer with the American Red Cross.  Sporting an eight page resume filled with involvement in humanitarian and disaster relief efforts, Teahen has appeared on national and international television as a spokesman for the Red Cross.

While his list of accomplishments and experiences look impressive on paper, how well do voters really know Peter Teahen?

Peter_teahen_julie_thomasNot on Peter's resume is the fact that he was a registered Democrat until December of 2007 when he decided to run for Congress.  In 2002 he supported liberal Democrat Julie Thomas, in her bid to unseat Republican Jim Leach.  According to OpenSecrets.org donor records, Teahen contributed $250 to her campaign.  Teahen also supported Democrat Mike Blouin in his 2006 primary run for Governor.

One of Teahen's campaign ads currently running on television makes the claim that he is a conservative Republican.  But many area Republicans are finding it difficult to see how Teahen developed core conservative values when considering Teahen's support for the pro-abortion Julie Thomas and the pro-union Blouin.  Coupled with Teahen's recent registration switch to the Republican party in December 2007, it's understandable then why Teahen's conservative credentials are questioned by area Republican voters.

In a review of the Congressional hopeful's professional profile, some of his claims are something else voters might find to be suspect.  Resume embellishment, while perhaps more common in the business world than not, is something that some folks resort to in attempting to land a job.  But we're not talking about the business world in this case.  Teahen is applying for the job of representing Iowans and the core values of duty, honor, and family.  Voters will have to determine if Mr. Teahen is all he says he is in stump speeches and has done all that he has put to paper.

One example open to scrutiny is on his resume under the heading of Education.  Mr. Teahen lists Liberty University, Lychburg, VA.  M.A., Human Services Management.  Postgraduate studies. According to Transcript Verification Officer Deborah Stone at Liberty, "Peter Teahen has not received his MA degree and has not met his requirements for graduation at this time.  He is not currently enrolled." Despite not having earned his MA degree, Teahen lists it as a credential as a member of an academic board at the University of Iowa.

In another example, Teahen listed himself as the Deputy Medical Examiner in the Oklahoma City bombing, April, 1995.  http://peterteahenforcongress.com/personal.pdf

Not so according to Oklahoma authority.  There is no record of Peter Teahen being employed by the Medical Examiners office during that time frame.  Further, medical examiners in Oklahoma are by law required to be a physician licensed to practice medicine in that state.  In conducting a records research, Peter Teahen is not a licensed physician in Oklahoma.  Members of the medical examiners agency have indicated that Peter Teahen was in the Oklahoma City area at the time of the incident, but did not have any role in any capacity with the agency.

In yet another example, Teahen claims to have looked into a machine gun and being physically close to Janjaweed bandits (the bad guys) in Darfur. From the Teahen campaign website: '"When this campaign gets heated this fall, staring into the eyes of a liberal PAC-funded professor-congressman will be a breeze compared to the time I stared into that 50-caliber machine gun in Darfur," he said.'

Is such supposed heroism nothing more than a Hillary Clinton sniper fire in Bosnia moment? One would think that if Mr. Teahen had indeed come face-to-face with Janjaweed bandits and found himself staring down the barrel of a 50 caliber machine gun, that someone on his team could corroborate his story.  No one has.  Surely nobody else on his team could keep such a story quiet for 12 months right?  Surely such a story would have been featured somewhere before now.

Make no mistake, Peter Teahen's business experience is a plus and he's done some great things in his work with the Red Cross.  But do we need our representative in Congress to have a questionable past?  One has to wonder what the Democrat opposition will do with such cannon fodder.

It looks like the Democrats have already started their attack.  Peter Teahen has been charged by Democrats to be in violation of advertising/election law, for massaging a Teahen Funeral Home ad, into a political campaign piece:  HEADLINE:  Republican accused of election violation

Is this the kind of 'leader' Republicans want on the ballot in November?



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Commonwealth Fund report: Iowa leads nation in children's health care

A "scorecard" issued today by the Commonwealth Fund shows that Iowa ranks first in the United States in health care for children.

The top five ranked states are Iowa, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The authors of the report say millions more American children would be covered by health insurance, have better access to health care services, and avoid developmental delays if all states performed as well as the leading states.

"All Iowans can be proud of this remarkable accomplishment," said Jean Robillard, M.D., University of Iowa vice president for medical affairs. "This achievement is the result of the commitment, dedication and collaboration of many partners across the state, and we are proud of the contribution of the University of Iowa and our partners across the state to this outstanding ranking."

The report, "U.S. Variations In Child Health System Performance: A State Scorecard," ranked states on 13 indicators for children grouped in categories that include access, quality, costs, equity and healthy outcomes. The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation supporting independent research on health policy reform and a high-performance health system.


Barta, Ferentz issue statements on action by Johnson County Attorney's Office

Director of Athletics Gary Barta:

Barta"This has been a difficult situation for everyone involved. From the day we learned about the incident, I have been deeply concerned and we have taken it seriously.

"Our first concern was for the young woman. As part of the process, all staff involved worked to follow university procedures and protocol. I am very confident that happened. Last fall, everything was turned over to the proper authorities in full cooperation of the legal process.

"I look forward to being able to explain the handling of this matter more completely in the near future."

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Head Football Coach Kirk Ferentz:

Ferentz"This situation has always been serious and significant. I am concerned for everyone involved.

"Abe and Cedric left the football program last fall after several meetings with me. Because this is still a legal matter and the information is sensitive, I cannot discuss the specifics of those conversations at this time.

"From the beginning, I have worked directly with Gary Barta and University officials to make certain that procedures and protocol were followed."


UI obtains warrants in sexual assault case

IOWA CITY -- The University of Iowa Police Department, in concert with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, has obtained warrants for the arrest of Cedric D Everson III for Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree and Abeberell "Abe" Bradford Satterfield for Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree and Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree. The arrest warrants are for incidents that occurred on Oct. 14, 2007 on the UI campus in Iowa City, Iowa. The Johnson County Attorney has authorized extradition from out of state for these warrants.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Iowa City Police Department and the Johnson County Attorney's Office assisted the UI Police Department in the investigation.

Everson and Satterfield no longer live in Iowa City. The victim no longer resides in Iowa City.

The UI became aware of the incident on Oct. 14, 2007. The victim later contacted law enforcement and a criminal investigation began in November 2007. The investigation continued into 2008.

The Johnson County Attorney's Office said Tuesday that the safety and wellbeing of the reported victim was paramount in the decision about when to file the charges.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


The Coralville Courier Endorses Miller-Meeks for U.S. Congress

MillermeeksThe story of Mariannette Miller-Meeks is All-American.  Her background as the 4th child of eight, a soldier, a nurse-turned-medical-doctor is a good old fashioned heartfelt American story of hard work and determination leading to success.

Miller-Meeks represents Iowa core values and she's the best that the Republican Party has to offer for service to Iowa and the Second District in the U.S. House of Representatives.  She has the judgement, training, and experience to tackle the tough issues of health care, national defense, and economic development. 


UI graduate students awarded Stanley Awards for Research Abroad

University of Iowa International Programs has awarded 22 UI graduate students with Stanley Graduate Awards for International Research. These $2,000 awards are offered to graduate students in various fields of study who undertake projects requiring research abroad.

The awards are made possible by the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and are the UI's premier awards for international study.

For more information on the Stanley Fellowships, contact the International Programs Grants Office at 319-335-2823.

The Grants Office is part of International Programs, which enables UI students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity, and give all university constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit http://international.uiowa.edu/ or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the UI Office of the Provost.

Area Stanley Graduate Award winners: 

CORALVILLE: Mary Bryant, a graduate student in literary translation in the UI Graduate College, will travel to Germany this summer to work on her project "Lives between Cultures: Marica Bodro_i_ in Translation." Bryant will work with author Marica Bodro_i_ on a translation of her book of short stories "Tito is Dead." Bryant's interaction with Bodro_i_ will impact choices in her translation as well as her extensive translator's note.

CORALVILLE: Craig Allen Dresser, a doctoral student in linguistics in the UI Graduate College, will conduct fieldwork in Indonesia for his project, "Javenese Complementation." Dresser will be collecting and analyzing data on complement clauses in an eastern dialect of the Javenese language through direct interviews with native speakers.

CORALVILLE: Kathleen Angelique Dwyer, a doctoral student in Latin American literature in the UI Graduate College, will travel to Mexico to conduct preliminary research for her doctoral dissertation, titled "Performing Liminal Identities in the Twenty-First Century: Female Artists of Mexico and the U.S." Dwyer will interview and attend performances of two Mexico City-based artists in order to write a series of analytical reports.

IOWA CITY: Puja Birla, a graduate student in translation in the UI Graduate College, will travel to Fiji over the summer in order to collect English translations of Hindi literature for her project, "Hindi Literature in Translation: Writings from India and Fiji." During her stay, Birla will visit with Indo-Fijian writers and scholars in order to contextualize the writing and assist in the translation of Fiji-Hindi works.

IOWA CITY: Nathaniel Chimhete, a doctoral student in history in the UI Graduate College, will travel to Tanzania for his project, "A History of Gold Small-Scale Miners in Post-Socialist Tanzania." Chimhete will use the trip to conduct preliminary research for his dissertation on the violent history between small-scale miners and large mining companies in Tanzania.

IOWA CITY: Lini Ge, a graduate student in journalism in the UI Graduate College, will travel to Beijing, China, in order to conduct research for her project "From the Cornfields to the Forbidden City-Adventure of Iowa volunteer students at the 2008 Beijing Olympics." The project will document the cultural adjustments and perceptual impact that a group of 24 Iowa students will go through while volunteering at the Olympics this summer.

IOWA CITY: Janet Hendrickson, a graduate student in nonfiction writing in the UI Graduate College, will conduct research in Bluefields, Nicaragua, for her project, "A Nicaraguan Blue: Creole Culture in Transition on Nicaragua's Caribbean Coast." Through interviews and archival study, Hendrickson will examine how the Creole community currently strives to maintain its culture in the face of social changes brought on by factors such as Mestizo immigration from the Pacific Coast.

IOWA CITY: Heidi LaVine, a doctoral student in English in the UI Graduate College, will travel to Mona, Jamaica, for her project, "Caribbean Voices on Transnational Politics." The project will involve research of transcripts of the BBC 1942-58 radio program, "Caribbean Voices." LaVine will examine the degree to which transnational, Pan-Caribbean issues surfaced in the broadcasts, and whether or not the literature engaged explicitly with certain political movements.

IOWA CITY: Woyu Liu, a doctoral student in modern East Asian history in the UI Graduate College, will travel to China to research a rustication movement by the Chinese government, which sent over 10 million urban youth to the countryside to receive the reeducation of the poor. His project, "Under the Shadow of the State: The 'Down to the Countryside' Movement in China, 1960s-1980s," will examine the influence of this movement on the Chinese people and society.

IOWA CITY: Daniel Proctor, a doctoral student in anthropology in the UI Graduate College, will travel to South Africa to collect data for his project, "Quantitative Shape Analysis Of The Proximal Metatarsal Articular Surfaces." Proctor's analysis of the metatarsal joints in the feet of human and non-human primate fossils will offer insight into how weight is transferred through their feet during locomotion.

IOWA CITY: Andrea Rosenberg, a graduate student in translation in the UI Graduate College, will conduct research in Colombia for her project, "Tropical Bestiary: Dictator Chronicles." To aid in her translation of Alfredo Iriarte's "Bestiario tropical," Rosenberg will consult with Colombian scholars and with the author's brother to gain linguistic, historical and biographical insight.

IOWA CITY: Gabriele von Roedern, a doctorate student in history in the UI Graduate College, will conduct primary research in Austria and Germany for her project, "Questionable Pasts: Celebrities, Consumer Culture, and Vergangenheitbewaeltigung." The project will investigate how well-known German and Austrian cultural icons dealt with their Nazi-era pasts in public.

NORTH LIBERTY: Jo Butterfield, a graduate student in history in the UI Graduate College, will spend five weeks this summer conducting research in Canberra, Australia, for her project, "Imagining Women's Rights as Human Rights: International Feminist Activism, Gender Politics and the Birth of the Cold War." Butterfield will conduct archival research to investigate a small coalition of women activists who sought to incorporate women's human rights onto the UN agenda in the 1940s.

NORTH LIBERTY: Amanda River, a doctoral student in Medicine and Public Health in the UI Carver College of Medicine, will travel to Uganda for her project, "Establishment of Best Practice Guidelines for Clubfoot Treatment in Developing Nations." Through in-depth interviews and clinical observations, River will identify, document and disseminate the best practices used to establish and sustain a program for clubfoot treatment in a developing country.

Editor's Note:  According to liberals, it's tougher for kids to go to college these days, but the truth is, money is available and enrollments are up.


IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: Fiscal Storm on the Horizon

Trustees of both Social Security and Medicare have once again reported that the two entitlement programs face serious financial problems in the near future. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that “Social Security trust funds are set to run out of money by 2041, while the Medicare trust fund is expected to become insolvent earlier, by 2019, largely because of rising health-care costs.”

“No greater threat exists to America ’s long-term fiscal health than the skyrocketing cost of entitlement programs,” noted Michael Tanner, who serves as the Director of Health and Welfare Studies at CATO Institute. The United States is facing a fiscal storm on the horizon, and policy leaders need to address the spending crisis, which in the end, as Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) has noted, is not an accounting problem, but rather a philosophical problem.

Over 50 percent of all government spending and a record 8.4 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) will fund entitlements in 2008.  “The combination of the ‘big three’ entitlements—Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid—will double from the current 8 percent of GDP to 15 percent when today’s newborn graduates college, and reach nearly 20 percent of GDP when today’s graduate reaches retirement in 2050,” stated Stuart Butler, Vice-President of Domestic and Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. In addition, Butler noted that “the total present value of unfunded obligations of the federal government, or fiscal exposure, is now $50.5 trillion ($38.8 trillion of which is due to Medicare and Social Security).”

Brian M. Riedl, who is the Grover M. Hermann Fellow in Federal Budgetary Affairs at The Heritage Foundation, wrote that “federal spending now tops $25,000 per household annually, and the coming Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid costs of 77 million retiring baby boomers could eventually add another $12,000 per household to the taxpayers’ annual tab.”

“If the present trends continue, by 2040 the entire federal budget will be consumed by Social Security and Medicare alone. The only options for balancing the budget would be cutting total federal spending by about 60%, or doubling federal taxes,” argued Congressman Paul.

Entitlement reform, let alone budget or tax reform, is almost next to impossible, because politicians are either afraid or are not willing to realize the looming danger that exists in the “big three” entitlement programs. “The fact is we have huge trade imbalances, massive deficits, and a $9 trillion national debt, which balloons to $60 trillion if unfunded future liabilities in Social Security and other promises we have made to Americans are included,” noted Congressman Paul.

All of this comes full circle back to Rep. Paul’s important crucial point that federal spending is not merely an accounting problem, but a philosophical problem. In fact, the United States is engaged in two culture wars, which are tied together. The first deals with social and cultural issues, and the second deals with the responsibilities of government under our constitutional system.

The United States Constitution was written to create a strong, but limited government with enumerated powers (Article 1, Section 8). Our view of the Constitution has changed significantly. President James Madison vetoed an internal improvements bill that called for $20 million to be invested for the building of roads and canals, and President Grover Cleveland vetoed a Seed Corn Bill, which would have brought relief to farmers. Both Madison and Cleveland believed that the respective pieces of legislation had good intentions, but they understood that the legislation was unconstitutional. Today, both Madison and Cleveland ’s actions would be seen as obsolete and mean spirited.

In a post New Deal atmosphere, the looming entitlement crisis will force public officials to seriously debate the role of constitutional powers. Reform of the big three entitlements will take one of two directions: either a reform that results in more taxation and more government, i.e., a socialistic approach, or a solution that allows privatization while reigning in government expenditures and implementing more prudent budget, spending, and tax policies. “We must rethink the very role of government in our society,” advised Rep. Paul.      

John R. Hendrickson is a Research Analyst with the Public Interest Institute in Mt. Pleasant, IA.

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