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downloadSince the Paris attack, the primary agenda for candidates running for presidential elections have taken up protecting the US from terrorism. The debate on defeating ISIS and protecting Syrian refugees has become the priority for the politicians as it is fresh in the voter’s minds. So far no refugees have landed in Iowa. The voters in Iowa debate this issue at the Gateway Market in Des Monies over Friday breakfast. The debate would be on the warning from ISIS on Paris type attacks in the US and over singling out Muslims. Presidential candidates like Donald Trump have reported told reporters on creating a database on Muslims in United States.

Kat Cummings and Ryan Squier who are young find this troubling. The duo is from the financial sector. While commenting on this Cummings made it clear that singling out Muslims would be ridiculous. He added that it could be done for any religion, and none can stop this attitude. Meanwhile, Thomas Maurer pitched in to say that the database on Muslims will make sense.

download (1)Maurer is from the sales sector. While speaking on this, he said that it is not about eliminating someone or cleansing. He added that bringing Muslims from countries like Syria as refugees is a bad idea. In his comment, he added that they are “destroying Europe” with their religious ideologies.

In response to Maurer’s comments, Cummings retaliated by saying that those fleeing from terrorism cannot be punished for their religious ideologies. Furthering on this Cummings said that just because there are some fanatics in their religion these people cannot be denied a safe place just on the grounds of the religion they follow. Squier made it clear that helping refugees is noble but with careful inspection.

Squier said that politicians are taking advantage of the fear and craving for attention. On the contrary, they should learn how to negotiate and come with deals that are good for individuals. Kelly Watson again from the finance industry has mixed feelings. Though, he did not appreciate the stance of Republicans creating a religious identity. Meanwhile, Watson sees these refugees as victims and opinion that the rest of Middle East ought to accommodate them.

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Elections 2016

During a discussion on the future of the United States Postal Service held on Capitol Hill Tuesday, Dr. Sheldon Garon, a professor of History and East Asian Studies at Princeton University, said the USPS might experience greater revenues if additional services are implemented at post offices across America.

Garon detailed the long historical trajectory of postal savings by banks worldwide in both developing and developed countries, adding that at one time, the United States had a postal saving system, but that the system was phased out by savings bonds during World War II and the FDIC by 1966.

Many other countries, including Germany, France, Switzerland, and Japan, have surviving postal savings banks as well as additional banking and monetary services.

While conceding that savings accounts at the Post Office may seem like a “pretty wacky idea,” Garon went on to explain that additional services might just be the way to save the postal service and increase revenue, especially during a time of exceeding cuts to funding and major declines in mail volume. He said such services could be “creative,” such as savings/checking accounts, debit cards, money orders, and electronic banking.

Despite a hunger strike held by the Community and Postal Workers United aimed at discouraging privatization, Garon said that partnering with the private sector, if postal banking is restored, would allow access to low income and younger customers.

Garon emphasized, however, that in order for these services to come to fruition, laws need to be changed. Some services offered by the USPS are “grandfathered [in],” but others sit in “murky” standing and probably require legislative adjustments.

“[The] law’s gotta be changed. It’s gotta be modernized,” Garon said.