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March 17th, 2011 |

Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it


I just wanted to express my profound gratitude to Cityview for running a guest commentary (“Is This What We Want,” March 3) by Rev. Naffier. It neatly sums up what conservative ideologues have been up to these past years. Most everything that we were taught in school has been turned on its head. The judiciary being hijacked by the religious right, the attacks on unions, the setting of people against each other while hidden powers count the cash. What has been happening in our country is sickening. It is gratifying that some have the sense to see the damage done to our health, environment and country by this shortsightedness. Now we the common Americans need to step up, do our duty and vote out the conservatives who are trying to take us back to the 1880s. Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it, so folks should study up on the history of early 20th century struggles for workers rights, women’s rights and basic human rights. Might see where we have been so we don’t have to go there again.

Mike Wilson
Des Moines


How could you run such hatred of America?

I am not a regular reader of your newspaper. I picked up my first issue several years ago with the hope that the editorial policy might be more toward the middle of the road than the Register. What a disappointment! You have outdone yourself with the commentary by John Hicks (“Where are the demonstrations?” Feb. 24). As a scholar, I’m sure Prof. Hicks considers himself a brilliant viewer of the American scene. I believe he has even outdone our country’s current chief executive in his hatred of America and Americans. Perhaps CNN or NBC could use him.

David Smith


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