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Nov 10, 2011
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Readers respond to music coverage

Please bring Michael Swanger back. I’m a big fan of his dedication. He’s been doing such a great job interviewing, promoting and reporting on the local music scene, which is really starting to come into its own lately. Please rethink this new hire.

Editor’s note: Swanger never left. His work is still in Scene Scribe each week. Chad Taylor is now adding to the mix with CD reviews.

Bryan Farland

Des Moines

I just wanted to take a minute to tell you how much I am enjoying the recent change in Sound Check album reviews. They are well written and refreshingly honest. The recent Lou Reed/Metallica review (“Sound Check,” Nov. 3) is probably my favorite — though, I’ll be honest, bad reviews are usually more fun to read. The “fat men in an elevator” line is probably the best comment I’ve heard in reference to... well, anything.

Anyway, I just wanted to give y’all a thumbs up. I like what I am reading, and I figure most people don’t really take the time to pass on positive feedback.

Kelly Leaman

Des Moines

Politics is dirty

I always watch “Inside Edition” on channel 8 as it comes on after the 6 p.m. news. They recently had a photo of talk show host Steve Deace. He used to be on WHO Radio until he quit to found his own syndicated radio network. I guess he wants to be the next Rush Limbaugh. Well, he claimed that Herman Cain sexually affronted two employees of WHO Radio when he was there for an interview. Now, is this accurate, or is Deace in Rick Perry’s camp and trying to discredit a black man? Who knows? One thing is for sure — I’m not going to be voting at the Republican caucuses in January.

Gary Thelen

West Des Moines

Ron Paul is the man

There is one candidate who is constantly being underestimated by members of the press and the media as a whole, one who appeals to many Americans who demand change in a different form than we are undergoing under this administration. Despite what some politicos may think, Ron Paul is not a third-tier candidate. He has consistently placed between 15-30 percent in polls in crucial states like New Hampshire and Florida, and he took a solid third place in the Des Moines Register poll released on Oct. 30. The two in front of him were Herman Cain and Mitt Romney. They don’t mean what they’re saying more than half of the time, so they bend over backwards to appeal to a niche group, e.g. people who jeer soldiers because they’re homosexual. The difference is Paul always says what he means, and he means what he says, whether or not you agree with him.

Nick Dolan

Des Moines

Corrections: Our Money page (“Travel,” Nov. 3) contained an error. The cost for Des Moines Mayor T.M. Franklin Cownie to attend the U.S. Conference of Mayors was $768.40, but the airfare portion of that cost will be reimbursed to the City. Last week, we misspelled Judy Tyler’s name next to her photo (“Say Cheese,” Nov. 3). We apologize for the mistakes.

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