Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

Local News

October 2, 2012

Loebsack visits Melcher-Dallas seniors

Melcher-Dallas — Dave Loebsack paid a visit to the Melcher-Dallas Senior Center this afternoon.

Loebsack has been serving in Congress since 2007. He is seeking reelection in Iowa's new Second District, which includes Marion County.

Loebsack had been invited to speak at the Knoxville Senior Center, but it did not work out. He traveled a few miles south and spoke to approximately 15 seniors at the Melcher-Dallas Community Center. 

He opened his discussion by sharing some of his background, including financial struggles his family faced. As his mother suffered from mental illness, he lived with his grandparents for a time as a child. Loebsack shared his experience with living on Social Security and its survivor benefits, and told the group that he pledged to protect them.

"We couldn't have survived," Loebsack said. "(Social Security) is personal for me." 

He criticized his opponent, Bettendorf Republican John Archer, for Archer's stance on being open to turning Medicare and Social Security into a voucher program. 

"We've got to maintain Medicare and Social Security," Loebsack said. 

In a recent press release from the Archer campaign, a spokesperson for Archer criticized Loebsack for voting in favor of the "Affordable Care Act," which will take $716 billion from Medicare. 

"(Loebsack) is trying to hide his record on Medicare," Campaign Manager Mary Earnhardt said. "It is clear that only one individual in the race to represent Iowa’s Second District voted to cut $716 Billion from Medicare, and that was Dave Loebsack.”

In Melcher-Dallas, Loebsack touted his support of veterans, his belief in the Middle Class and maintaining it. He was asked about the Farm Bill and the inaction on it. Loebsack is hopeful that the Republican-controlled House will still take action on the bill before Jan. 1. In his opinion, the Tea Party members were to blame for inaction. His claim is that they do not even support government-supported crop insurance.  Partisanship in Washington, D.C., according to Loebsack, is at an extreme, especially among leadership. 

After his presentation, Loebsack and two staff members met with the seniors in smaller groups. 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • raceway concept drawing.jpg Senate Committee advances Raceway Rebate

    The Iowa Senate Ways and Means Committee advanced HF2464, a bill intended to rebate up to $2 million in sales tax back to the Knoxville Raceway, this afternoon. 

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Street guys.jpg Video: Bank treats workers to lunch

    City workers and streetscape contractors were treated to a free lunch on Tuesday, courtesy of Iowa State Savings Bank. 

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos 1 Video

  • Megan Suhr.jpg Suhr to host campaign kick off event
    Megan Suhr, Candidate for Iowa House District 28 will hold a Campaign Kick-Off event on Sunday, April 27, from 2-4 p.m. The event will be held at Red Ribbon Bakery, 112 N 2nd Street, in Knoxville. This is a free event, and is open to the public.  
     

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • JJ Dinner-Loebsack.jpg Loebsack's office offers internships

    Congressman Dave Loebsack today announced that his office is now accepting applications from Iowa college students to participate in a Congressional internship program in his Washington, D.C. office.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Roby and Reynolds.jpg Central to host STEM event

    Central College will host Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, along with Mary Andringa, the co-chair of the governor’s STEM advisory council and president and CEO of Vermeer Corp., for a STEM town hall meeting May 5.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 2013 Knoxville City Council.jpg Council preparing for citywide clean-up

    A request for proposals was approved at Monday's Knoxville City Council meeting, which was the first step in the City's attempt to bring back the citywide residential clean-up day. 

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Volksweg.jpg New Section of Volksweg Trail Now Open

    The 1.25 mile newly constructed section of the paved Volksweg Trail between Fifield Recreation Area and the new Robert's Creek Trailhead has been opened.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pony Express 2.jpg Pony Express raises $7,000

    The local group turned in over $7,000, which helped to exceed the statewide goal of $230,000.  

    April 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Invent Iowa winners.jpg Knoxville students win at Invent, Iowa

    Knoxville's Fifth Grade Inventors, Brady Pearson, Reilly Finarty and Amy Sullivan, all won at the State Invent Iowa Competition.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0422 Eagle photo On a wing and a prayer

    LAKE RED ROCK — Protective gloves aren’t uncommon when dealing with a sick patient, though they’re not usually heavy, leather welder’s gloves. But, then, the patient usually doesn’t have toenails designed to puncture flesh. Or a sharp beak. Diane Mas

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo