The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


October 18, 2013

Hart: Meetings set up to explain health care law

Many constituents have written to express dismay with Washington and their belief that the American people deserve better results from our elected leaders.

What I hear from Iowans is that they are tired of the politics of blame and are looking for leadership to quit pointing fingers and move forward. I am relieved that Iowa has taken steps to minimize the impact on our state, but I hope that by the time you read this column, the crisis is over. Furloughed workers, missed paychecks and limited services are negatively affecting us every day that the federal shutdown continues.

Health insurance is another issue people in our district are concerned about right now. New health care options can be explored at or by calling 1-800-318-2596. I hope that those who do not have employer-provided insurance will join me on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m. at the Davenport Library, 6000 Eastern Ave., Meeting Rooms A&B, where Iowa health and insurance officials will discuss insurance options. A meeting for small business people will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at noon at Mercy Medical Center’s North Campus, Meeting Room A, 1410 N. Fourth St., Clinton.

I have had conversations with many about how the new changes to our health care system will affect us. These changes have received a lot of attention, including a great deal of misinformation. It’s time to get the facts and make some decisions. Please continue to keep me informed on how these changes are affecting you or your small business.

Congratulations to the citizens of Grand Mound who celebrated the grand opening of their renovated Historic Fire Station/Town Hall on Oct. 12. This project is a great example of community action. Ruth Wilson and Ellen Mayberry, members of the Clinton County Historical Preservation Commission, explained the history of the project. Starting with a small group of interested citizens who sought funding and corraled the volunteer efforts of dozens more, the Grand Mound community and all of Clinton County can be very proud of the result, which is a valuable, functional piece of Iowa history.

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    Dear citizens/taxpayers of Clinton:
    The members of Local 609 feel that it is our duty to inform the citizens of Clinton that the article titled “‘Fair offer’ differences” in the April 9, 2014 edition of the Clinton Herald was full of inaccurate statements regarding our negotiated contract proposal with the city. These incorrect statements could impact the use of your city funds negatively and unduly influence our elected representatives. So, we would like to address these points, as follows:

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With the Clinton County Justice Coordinating Commission and the Clinton County Board of Supervisors discussing proposals to construct a new jail, do you think the time has come for Clinton County to construct such a facility?

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