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June 7, 2012
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Republicans, pack it up

It’s time for the Iowa Republican Party to officially give it up, even if a few fringe members want to continue believing it. The “birther” non-issue has been settled. Even Arizona’s Republican party agrees. President Obama provided his birth certificate. To put it in their platform is just more Republican infantile obstructionism. In 2-year-olds, we call that a temper tantrum,  or the parental buzzword of late — meltdown.

Jeni Nosbisch

Des Moines

Hicks fan

I have decided that the time has come for me to reveal that I am a fan of John Hicks. I admit that I look forward to his columns and letters to the editor. This does not mean that I always agree with him, but it does make me exercise my brain cells. I am told this will slow down the aging process. Keep writing, John.

Jean Basinger

Des Moines

Work for the district, live in the district

One of the basic requirements for the next superintendent (“Des Moines Schools — a litany of losers,” May 25) should be living in the district, as the last two didn’t (one in Ankeny and one in West Des Moines). With 60 to 70 percent of the teachers living outside the district, it seems like a very minimal sacrifice that the superintendent lives in Des Moines.

Bob Fagerland

Des Moines

Buried burden

After reading about Woodland Cemetery in a recent issue (“Civic Skinny,” May 24), I wanted to suggest a solution. Woodland Cemetery was formed before the days of “Perpetual Care” funds. But could a PC fund help prevent the neglect of days past by starting now, with the pioneer families getting it started? The citizens of Des Moines pay the costs of maintenance at Woodland, whereas the other city cemeteries set aside a deposit in a PC fund at the time a plot is purchased. 

Pat Meiners

Des Moines


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