albeit somewhat harsh’
Congratulations to your guest columnist, Jonathan
Narcisse, for his opinion piece about Nancy
Sebring (“Guestview,” June 21). It’s a courageous,
albeit somewhat harsh, work of fine journalism.
In one succinct article, the editor of The Iowa
Bystander told readers the whole sordid story
of the Nancy Sebring Public School Administration
and the complacency of the School Board. Kudos,
It’s a crying shame that Cityview and The Bystander
don’t enjoy the circulation of The Des Moines
Register. Your writing deserves a wider audience.
Editor’s Note: The circulation gap is narrowing
by the day. Read this week’s “Civic Skinny.”
Professor Herb Strentz is one of my favorite
columnists, probably because we often agree.
His Iowa statute nonsense about desecration
of our flag article (The Des Moines Register,
July 4) was well timed, but he left out major
desecrations. The other day I was going into
a grocery store and I saw this tough looking
lady wearing a desecrated flag as a blouse.
I thought it better not to say anything. Old
glory T-shirts, underwear for both sexes including
bras, all kinds of hats and caps, jackets and
no telling what else desecrates our flag. I
suppose I should add umbrellas and dog sweaters.
There is so much desecration going on with motorcycle
gangs that I don’t know whether it represents
patriotism or just the opposite.
As to Iowa and its statute nonsense, perhaps
it doesn’t go far enough. I would think our
patriotic politicians and governor could do
No ride home
My husband and I have lived in numerous cities
throughout the U.S. and Canada and have traveled
extensively overseas. Never in our lives have
we encountered a public transit system that
shut down on a holiday. It just doesn’t happen…
except in Des Moines.
How were people to get to work on the Fourth?
Oh, yeah, I forgot. DART exists to serve the
skywalkers. The sidewalkers don’t figure into
their program. This is the real divide in Des
Moines. The people who rely most on mass transit
take a back seat to those who like having an
alternative to driving their own cars.
As for Independence Day, only those with private
vehicles had access to the day’s celebrations.
Bus riders stayed home. I guess freedom is all
about owning a car.
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