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January 15, 2014

Clarify campaign involvement rules for Iowa politicians


Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs, expects action early in the session, since 2016 candidates already are visiting Iowa. He and Senate Minority Leader Bill Dix, R-Shell Rock, have reportedly been discussing wording of such a proposal.

We’re not saying that the House and the Senate must adopt the same rules. However, making sure they are “abundantly clear” is of the essence — including making clear the punitive actions should rules be violated.

Being first in the caucus/primary system comes with a lot of benefits for the state of Iowa. That, in turn, creates some caveats.

Abundantly clear rules can go a long way in assuring a clean process. That’s exactly what we need to maintain to keep the nation’s first caucus.

Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Jan. 9

50-year-old warning: Too many Americans still ignore surgeon general’s advice about smoking

It was 50 years ago Saturday that the Surgeon General of the United States, Luther Terry, issued a report linking cigarette smoking to lung cancer.

At the time, it was considered an historic essay, one The Associated Press described as “one of the most important documents in U.S. public health history.”

That was the start of warning labels on packages of cigarettes.

Smokers took them for granted, but the warnings failed to curtail the level of smoking in the country.

The government took another step by banning smoking advertisements on commercial television.

Then they prohibited smoking advertising on billboards.

Cigarette smoking is the major cause of cancer of the lungs and larynx. Second-hand smoke has been blamed for causing cancers in people who’ve never been held hostage by the habit.

In recent years, state governments have banned smoking in public places.

While we’re generally opposed to government acting as our nanny, such measures have improved public health.

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