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.
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.
Work for the district, live in the
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.
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