Sunday, April 19, 2015


Posted April 15, 2015in Your View

Grassley a scary gatekeeper

The U. S. Supreme Court left intact a ruling by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that ruled against a lawsuit initiated by the conservative Goldwater Institute legal group against the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). The board’s role is to trim Medicare costs to preserve its

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Posted April 08, 2015in Your View

Let’s have a rational debate, can we?

Rick Smith, in his letter on March 19, is too dismissive of those who do not agree with the majority of climate scientists. I happen to agree that human activities have increased the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, and that those increases in CO2 likely do have some

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Posted March 31, 2015in Your View

More coverage, please

I’m writing to let you know that I am disappointed in the lack of coverage of the cock-fighting they have every month in the basement of the governor’s mansion. When I say “they” I don’t mean to be a snake about it, but I have to be. They don’t want

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Posted March 25, 2015in Your View

Republican hypocrisy

I remember the debate about where President Obama was born. The Tea Party was taking advantage of the ignorance of the general population about citizenship. Their premise that he could not be president because he was born in Kenya was bogus. If one parent is born in the United States

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Posted March 18, 2015in Your View

Where’s the charm?

Kent Carlson’s thoughts on “charming” (Guest View, March 12) have left me wondering whether he may be just a wee bit confused about what the word actually means. On the one hand, he states that “charm goes a long way in winning over people,” which is absolutely spot-on since the

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Posted March 11, 2015in Your View

Don’t punish public schools

Jeff Jorgensen, Republican Pottawattamie County Chair, stated that Sen. Gronstal needs to be discussing charter schools, virtual schools, school voucher programs and homeschooling in order to find solutions for public schools. It seems the focus should instead be on what proven educational reforms needed to be implemented in public schools.

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Posted March 04, 2015in Your View

Fast tax

It did not take the Iowa Legislature long to pass and implement a 10-cent-a-gallon gasoline tax increase: Jan. 12 to March 1. But it took them 10 years to eliminate the income tax I pay on my Social Security benefits. Why? Gary Thelen -West Des Moines   Denny Arthur’s is

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Posted February 25, 2015in Your View

East Village is not welcoming?

Capital City Pride (CCP) is the volunteer committee that produces the annual LGBT Pridefest, an annual two-day street event with all-ages entertainment and a parade. For years, the event has enjoyed its home in the trendy East Village area of downtown Des Moines. The East Village is generally considered to

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Posted February 18, 2015in Your View

Remove the log from your own eye

My suggestion to Michael Gartner with his piece on Steve Deace and Douglas Burns article showing outrage at prayer: Remove the log from your own eye before you tell someone to remove the splinter from theirs. Gartner ignores another liberal intrusion on private property rights, and calling One Iowa a

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Posted February 11, 2015in Your View

Protect our money

Civic Skinny clearly points out it’s much easier to spend other peoples’ money (Civic Skinny, Feb. 5). Politicians Chuck Grassley, Tom Harkin, Joni Ernst, Steve King, Bruce Braley and others all gave nothing or next to nothing to the recent political campaigns. I wish they were as protective of the taxpayers’ money as

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