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Internal terrorists

I wanted to respond to Stu Bassman’s recent letter (“Limbaugh lovers come to his defense,” Feb. 11). Freedom of speech must be preserved in this country and honest debate on issues is a benefit to all. Having said that I do not find Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck or others like them contributing to honest debate. What I have observed is that if you do not agree with them they will ridicule you, talk over you and try to demean you. They also distort facts and make up facts to support their agenda. They are guilty of puffery. In my opinion the likes of these individuals should be considered internal terrorist.

Shirley Sorenson
Urbandale

 

Pay to play

Don’t ever tell me that campaign donations don’t make a difference in legislation proposed and passed in the Iowa Legislature.

One of the wealthiest men in Iowa is Gary Kirke of West Des Moines. He owns two casinos — one in Clinton and one in Emmetsburg. The problem is that the casino in Emmetsburg is the smallest grossing casino in Iowa. How do you make this casino pay more? How about adding sports betting? The only state in the union where such betting is legal is Nevada. Even there you cannot bet on any games played by the University of Nevada.

Gary Kirke wants to introduce sports betting in Iowa. To that end he contributed $50,000 to the political campaign of Gov. Chet Culver. Gary Kirke is a big Republican. Yet, he only contributed $25,000 to Terry Branstad’s campaign. So this Republican is betting heavily that Culver will continue to govern Iowa for another four years. That contribution got the attention of President of the Senate, Jack Kibbie. He’s from Emmetsburg. He introduced a bill to legalize sports betting in Iowa.

Is there a connection between Gary Kirke’s political contribution and Jack Kibbie’s bill? You would have to be awfully naive to answer “No.”

Gary Thelen
West Des Moines

 

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