Sunday, February 25, 2007

News and Thoughts from Jackson County

Last Saturday, I traveled to Davenport along with other Jackson County Republicans to see Sen. John McCain speak. While I do not always agree with Sen. McCain on the issues, I do think that he is a true American hero. At the event, McCain talked about something that I think should be heard by all anti-war protesters. While he was a P.O.W. during the Vietnam War, McCain's captors would play radio broadcasts featuring sound bites from anti-war protesters to try and break his and other American soldiers' spirits. While I think these protesters have every right to speak their mind, I think it is equally important that they be made aware of the possible consequences of their actions.

Coming soon to a medical facility near you....human cloning. While that may sound like a plot from a movie playing on the Sci-Fi channel, it appears that it is coming close to reality. The Iowa House of Representatives this week debated Senate File 162, which if passed will make it legal to clone human embryos for research purposes. This bill has passed thru the Iowa Senate already (by one vote), and if passed by the House Gov. Chet Culver has already made it clear that he will fully support this legislation. As a soon to be first time parent, this is very troubling to me. I cannot begin to fathom allowing someone to create clones of our child so that they can be used to conduct research, and subsequently discarded.

We had our Central Committee meeting this past Thursday at the City Hall in Preston. Among our guests we had representatives from John McCain, Mike Huckabee and Tom Tancredo's campaigns. We thank them for taking the time out of their schedule to travel halfway across the state to attend our meeting. Also, we have firmed up plans to host a Soup and Sandwich Spring Fundraiser at the Pearson Hall at the Jackson County Fairgrounds on April 20th. Guest speakers will be announced at a later date. I will post more details on the website as they become available.

- Adam Reuter