governor should do a better job setting an example
As a fifth-term governor of the State of Iowa,
Terry Branstad is supposed to be a leader who
sets the bar for the rest of us. We should all
emulate his actions and become better persons
by following his example.
Yet, I can’t follow his example. Since I am
receiving an IPERS pension, I can only earn
a limited amount yearly at a state job. Gov.
Branstad is receiving a generous IPERS pension
and working full time at a state job. He refuses
to answer my letters calling on him to return
his pension to the troubled IPERS system.
As a “double dipper” receiving generous compensation
from the state treasury, the governor has called
on state employees to contribute to their health
premiums. But Branstad is the ONLY state employees
enjoying free government housing, a Cadillac
Escalade with chauffeur and a cook, no less!
He can easily afford to pay for his health care!
Gov. Branstad has said that he will also support
an increase in the state gasoline tax, right
after the election. He wants to make it more
expensive for the average Iowan to drive to
his/her job while he rides to the Iowa Statehouse
in chauffeured glory. Couldn’t he at least ride
to work in a hybrid SUV?
West Des Moines
Duffy has it wrong
Brian Duffy has it all wrong in his cartoon
about the bicyclists (“Duffy’s View,” July 12)
in a recent issue of Cityview. As a Sheldahl
resident with neighbors that witnessed this
incident, I believe Duffy should check his facts
The riders in question did ride through the
first stop sign a block ahead of where the officer
confronted them. When they saw the officer,
they did stop for the second sign, then proceeded
to ride away from the officer after he confronted
The stop signs are placed there for the safety
of the riders. I witness bicycles flying through
those intersections ahead of cross traffic on
a daily basis. I don’t understand why the bike
riders believe that they are above the law.
The officer was just doing his job.
Everyone makes mistakes
“Chris Brown hits women. Enough said.”
Way to keep it classy (“Soundcheck,” July12).
It’s surprising you let this run, although I’m
sure the goal was to increase web traffic to
your site. Heaven forbid the writer actually
listened to the CD or had something constructive
to say about the songs that are on it. Chad
Taylor likely is perfect and has never made
a mistake in all of his years on the planet,
so he has the right to hold Chris Brown to such
I don’t condone that Chris Brown used physical
violence against Rhianna — no one should. But
to take away from his art by publishing a review
NOT about his art at all speaks to the poor
quality of writing standards your organization
holds itself to. Why don’t you suggest Chad
Taylor take a seat and try again.
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