hit piece I’ve ever seen’
First, why does Cityview continue to print
the political pabulum running from the pen of
“fourth-generation Iowa newspaperman” Douglas
Burns? His recent interview with Vice President
Joe Biden’s son Beau was the laziest hit piece
I’ve ever seen (Political Mercury, Aug. 23).
I believe Mr. Burns’ great-grandparents are
scratching their heads wondering how their vaunted
industry has become the landing pad for such
crap journalism from one of their own.
Second, Mark Challis (“Windy Responses,” Your
View, Aug. 23) tries to highlight the vast difference
in government subsidies between the oil industry,
$4 billion, and wind power, $1.6 billion. Problem
is, he’s comparing apples to oranges. Oil produces
1.847 billion kilowatt hours of electricity
per year. Wind power produces 47 million kilowatt
hours of electricity per year. Do the math,
and see where the American taxpayer is getting
the most bang for the buck. It’s simple division.
Is Ryan running for his own ‘self interest?’
Douglas Burns brings up a worthy subject when
he questions Paul Ryan’s seemingly irreconcilable
religious perspectives — is he Atheist? (Political
Mercury, Aug. 30). His comment about “all that
brother’s keeper business from church” points
out the disparity between being a follower of
the teachings of Jesus Christ and all the compassion
that entails. Being a disciple of Ayn Rand and
a committed believer, Ryan’s “highest moral
purpose in life” is the “pursuit of his own
rational self interest.” Burns points out how
serious Christians should ponder the implications,
but I think all potential Ryan supporters should
ponder a greater question: If Ayn Rand’s beliefs
were “the reason he became involved in public
service,” what does that say about him? That
“self interest” inspired him to politics? Like
the religious question, you can’t serve two
masters: “public service” and “rational self
interest.” He’s not there to serve us.
The Repertory Theater’s production “Sense and
Sensibility” is directed by Brad Dell. His name
was misspelled as “Dale” (Center Stage, Sept.
6). We regret this error.
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