The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


July 18, 2013

Reader: Make positive changes for all


I, as Mussmann, also think debate is good. I would like to have been at the City Council meetings to debate this ban. But my priorities were to be out in the same parks they are banning smoking in. I had to make a choice. Coaching children in baseball or defending my rights. The kids won out. I thought my City Council would look out for my rights that our founding fathers gave us. The right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The same rights I defended while serving 12 years of my life in the Iowa National Guard. The same rights our military still defends today. The same military that is made up of over 30 percent smokers. But then again I would bet Gerdes or Mussmann have never served our country in the military. The only thing groups like theirs supports is banning things they don’t like.

I hate always being negative so let’s talk about a great group out there. My hat is off to Emily Steenhard and Erin George and their Save the Fourth Campaign. Those ladies have done something that is really positive for everyone in this community. Not being able to get out on the river this year I went to the festivities with my daughter-in-law and my grandchildren.

What these ladies have put together made me happily surprised. The parade was great. Afterward we went down to the park. My grandchildren loved the petting zoo. Then there were the firemen’s water fights. My grandkids and I moved to a spot where we could get the overspray to fall on us. They loved it and I loved doing it with them. Then we found out they had a junior water fight challenge set up. I can’t tell you about all the smiles I saw on my grandchildren and the other children that were doing this.

I personally want to thank Steenhard, George and their group who put on a wonderful event for everyone in our town — even the smokers in the crowd.

Gerdes, Mussmann and their group could learn something from these ladies. If you want to put a group of passionate people together to make a change then put one together that makes a positive change for everyone.

Richard Eggers,


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