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May 10, 2012
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No more Hicks, please

At your earliest convenience, please revoke John Hicks’ ability to write guest commentaries for your publication. His recent effort (“America the Beautiful?” May 3) resulted in something akin to the journalistic equivalent of the “Technicolor Yaw.”

A direct quote from John’s commentary — “College students have so much debt that paying it back is almost hopeless.” Yet his employer of many years, Drake University, has annual tuition, room, board and student activity fees of $38,236 per year. In four years, that’s $152,944. After you review recent faculty raises and tuition hikes in this depressed economy, you’ll know Drake is not about belt tightening and keeping it affordable.

I’m sure Mr. Hicks would be able to justify that investment, especially with an art or teaching degree. Can you have it both ways, John? Why would one invest so much in a career that pays so poorly, according to those in those fields?

At the end of his “commentary,” he asks, “Can racists and rednecks really win an election?”  John, thankfully we live in America. A redneck’s vote counts just as much as yours. So do the votes for all of us clinging to our guns and religion. 

Brett Mathis

Des Moines

Mitt Romney’s latest falsehoods

Mitt Romney claims 92 percent of the people who lost jobs on President Obama’s watch are women. This assertion was debunked by Politifact, the Post’s Glenn Kessler and NBC’s Domenico Montanaro. All three point out that Romney’s claim relies on losses using January 2009 as a baseline, BEFORE President Obama’s policies took effect.

Romney has echoed this charge multiple times, changing the numbers to keep pace with improving economic news. As new fact checks of Romney’s claims about women are exposed, his methodology is completely bogus. Lately he denies that there are gender-based differences in wages, even though it is a statistical truth that women work for less then men.

He also claims Obama stole his ideas to save the auto industry even though he previously said, “Let them go bankrupt.” He also claims in regards to the death of Osama bin Laden that, “He would have done the same thing.” Even though he previously stated, “I would have negotiated with Pakistan before killing bin Laden.”

Time and time again, he has lied and flip-flopped regarding primary issues. Women can expect that, if elected president, Romney will formally criminalize reproductive choices and take other measures to suppress women’s rights.

Dan Bynum


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