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Posted September 24, 2014in Guest Commentary

An in-kind response to campaign ads

Taking the low road, but with thesaurus in hand, here are some thoughts about political advertising these days, with the venting tempered by a thoughtful ending. Still, how many more campaign ads can we take without worrying about the end of civic and civil life? Enough already with political ads!

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Posted September 10, 2014in Guest Commentary

Real life in Iowa more scary than campaign ads

If you are distressed by political ads and the horror stories and lies about what candidates have done or threaten to do, maybe you should welcome such dismay as a diversion from what’s going on in real life. Here are five real horror stories — not the nonsense of political

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Posted August 20, 2014in Guest Commentary

Robin Williams, nonsensical news and supposed ‘Wake Up’ calls

Much of the TV coverage of the death of Robin Williams called to mind how awful the news can be when clueless reporters babble in their efforts to sound profound or knowledgeable. The stuff I suffered through reminded me of when the local folks mispronounce Nevada, Madrid or Louisa as

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Posted August 06, 2014in Guest Commentary

Huge week for Des Moines hotels and restaurants

The National Junior Olympics came to town last week. Unless you were in a hotel lobby or somewhere around Drake Stadium, you might not have known. It didn’t register with the city’s daily newspaper. The reporters and editors didn’t even mention it in their “Area Events” listings. That’s a pity,

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Posted July 09, 2014in Guest Commentary

Nixon knew the public wants to be lied to; Branstad follows suit

Predictably, if Richard Nixon were around today he would endorse Gov. Terry Branstad’s bid for — yawn — yet another term in office. No news there. The reason for the endorsement might cause a stir, however. Nixon’s support would not be based on party loyalty. Rather Nixon would be impressed

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Posted July 02, 2014in Guest Commentary

A great day for America

Editor’s note: Last Friday, 64 men and women were sworn in as citizens at Jordan House in West Des Moines. Michael Gartner was asked to give some remarks. Here they are. Hello. I am honored to be here with Judge Pratt to welcome you as citizens of the United States.

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Posted June 18, 2014in Guest Commentary

Jesus the candidate: Soft on crime, He’ll tax and spend

Consider yourself cursed for the next 850 days or so. With the November election 120 or so days away and the 2016 election adding 731 more to the total, you’ll be cursed with tens of thousands of messages of hate, lies and stupidity — all appealing to the worst that

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Posted May 28, 2014in Guest Commentary

Reggie, the editorial, meets ALAS, the therapist

When you deal day in and day out with daffy politics and scary politicians, you run the risk of becoming a bit confused yourself. Maybe that explains why many of us were puzzled by the bizarre Sunday Register (May 18) editorial endorsing State Senator/Colonel Joni Ernst as the paper’s choice

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Posted May 14, 2014in Guest Commentary

Ernst steals Judge’s schtick

Patty Judge was offensive then, and Joni Ernst is offensive now. Ernst, a U.S. Senate candidate, is making a lot of hay with her “let’s make ’em squeal” in Washington schtick, recalling her days of castrating hogs. Republicans are eating it up. It must drive Texas oilman Mark Jacobs, her

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Posted May 07, 2014in Guest Commentary

Not exactly a sterling silver end to racism

People who enjoy viewing with alarm or pointing with pride had a field day with the soap opera and showdown involving the National Basketball Association and its face-off with the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. First there was widespread surprise and alarm that the team owner, Donald Sterling, 80,

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