Last I checked Fritz Keinert, from the mathematics
department at ISU, your school is a state-funded
facility, which means it’s paid for by us taxpayers
(“Your View,” March 22). So that means you work
for us, and we have a right to know how our
money is spent. You see, times are tough in
the private sector, and very few if any of us
will ever get a paid sabbatical. Hell, we can’t
even get away for a week of offsite training
because our bosses haven’t gotten back to making
the huge profits they were making a few years
ago. Recharging and broadening our horizons
is called getting “laid off” in the private
sector. So quit whining and get back to work.
Your summer vacation is coming soon enough.
New music section
Just wanted to compliment Cityview on the new
changes made in the music section. The new writer
is amazing. Keep up the good work, and I’ll
keep on reading.
No pet problems here
I just wanted to say that, while I love the
fact that you publish the Animal Rescue League’s
“Pets Needing People” section, I also love that
you don’t publish breeders’ dogs-for-sale ads.
As most Iowans have become well aware of in
the past couple of years, this state has a puppy
mill problem and while not every breeder is
a puppy mill, it’s a sad fact that most people
looking to adopt a particular breed of dog don’t
bother to vet which breeders are reputable and
which aren’t. There are so many healthy, intelligent
animals up for adoption at local shelters and
by publishing “Pets Needing People” you not
only help publicize that fact, but by NOT publishing
breeders ads you don’t give your readers access
to potentially seedy breeders and add to the
overpopulation burden. I wish The Des Moines
Register practiced similar ethics.
Obey the law
As the automobile became more prevalent and
more powerful, previous legislatures determined
that operating these machines would be a privilege
rather than a right. To protect roadway users,
restrictions needed to be put in place to control
their operation. These people also directed
that violation of these controls needed to be
enforced, either by monetary fines, be revoking
the person’s privilege to operate the vehicle.
In an effort to protect roadway users, the state
and communities increased the numbers of police
officers enforcing the restrictions. However,
numbers have increased to the point where it
has become impossible to afford the number of
people needed to patrol the roads. With the
improvement in technology, a new way to monitor
roadway usage was developed, cameras equipped
with radar and motion detectors to identify
those who were not obeying the restrictions
(laws) to keep others safe. What was not included
with the rules for the cameras use was the removal
of the privilege to operate.
Leave the cameras in operation. If you don’t
want a citation, obey the law.
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