The Journal Express
---- — To the Editor:
My wife and I are writing to express our appreciation for the wonderful visit we recently made to Knoxville and Pella. We came to Marion County to visit the birthplace of my grandfather and the grave sites of my great-great grandparents. We had found the cemetery where they are buried through the work of Marion County GIS Coordinator Bill Buttrey and through information provided to us by Bev Jones of the Pioneer Cemetery Commission. Both of these individuals showed us many kindnesses and provided us with the main reasons we traveled the 1,000 miles from our home in North Carolina.
We also thank the Danny Van Wyk family for their hospitality and for taking on the task of restoring the Mikesell Cemetery (AKA Yowell Cemetery) where my family members are buried. Our special thanks to Preston Van Wyk for his interest in the history of those buried there and his efforts in rehabilitating the cemetery site. Given that John Huff Mikesell, one of the true Red Rock pioneers, is buried there, the cemetery has great historical significance. My great-great grandparents would have very likely known him.
Only a year ago, I knew nothing of my great-great grandparents and very little about my grandfather. Now, we feel a real connection with Marion County and will have many fond memories of our visit and the friendship that was extended to us.
To the Editor:
Last Friday, Iowa’s Senator Tom Harkin gave a speech from the Senate floor. He was addressing the most current fight-to-the-death squabble between Congressional liberals and conservatives. In that speech he issued the following warning; “It’s dangerous. It’s very dangerous. I believe, Mr. President, we are at one of the most dangerous points in our history right now. Every bit as dangerous as the break-up of the Union before the Civil War.”
It was the very first time that I found myself agreeing with Senator Harkin. I had written the very same warning just 11 months earlier in a letter to the editor. We had both been correct in our assessments...but we each represent opposing sides in this ever mounting conflict.
Harkin’s leftist ideologies and position of power have led him to play a very consequential role in the slow demise of a once great nation. “Progressives” have effectively gutted America of its soul and spirit. From A to Z...federal laws and regulations have set the tone for the insanity we see today. Folks like Harkin and Obama view the Constitution as nothing more than a stumbling block along the road towards an all-encompassing...all powerful central government. He touts “democracy” because he believes the the Democrat Party has been successful in convincing the majority of Americans that total dependence on government...from birth to death...is the new American way. He shuns using the word “liberty”...because an electorate that believes in freewill and personal freedom...would put a quick end to his and his regime comrades’ political careers.
Constitutional conservatives have watched events over the past 5 years in horror. Enough has indeed became enough! We’ve drawn the famous line in the sand...and are demanding that our congressional representatives FINALLY take a stand. “Compromise” is not on the table. Negotiating with “progressives” is akin to compromising with the kidnapper of your children - instead of murdering them all...he’ll settle for killing just two.
Unfortunately, most Americans are unaware of the situation that Tom Harkin and myself...clearly see. My advice is to open your eyes...take a deep breath...and chose a side...and become active. You just might play a role in ending catastrophe before it occurs.