Friday, October 9, 2015

Posted October 07, 2015in Your View

Clapping with one hand

This year’s World Food Prize winner, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed’s organization, BRAC (Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee), is the world’s largest NGO (non-governmental organization), according to The Des Moines Register, (July 1, 2015). And I say, “Amen!” and thank you. Still, charity without justice is like clapping with one hand; it

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Posted September 30, 2015in Your View

Pope Francis tells Republicans to cooperate for the common good

Republicans now find the shoe on the other foot with this pope. In the past, the GOP have used the church and religion to bash Democrats over narrow issues like abortion. Now there’s a new pope suggesting the Republicans are seriously out of step with the broader mission demanded by

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Posted September 23, 2015in Your View

Freebies all around

Cityview’s question of the week asks, “Should two years of community college tuition be free?” Why stop there? How about free food and housing for two years post high school, or just add two more years of optional high school? What about a free stipend for all for two years? Don’t forget free

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Posted September 16, 2015in Your View

All lives matter

Let it be understood that, like most people, to witness or hear of the death of someone is anguishing to me, even if the individual is less than lovely. Sometimes, too, I have complained about the heavy-handedness and lack of judgment of some cops. It’s also become entirely irksome to

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Posted September 09, 2015in Your View


From last week’s “Once upon a time”: “50 years ago (September 1965): Contract procedures were revised because of Dutch Elm disease requiring so many more trees to be condemned as a public nuisance and ordered removed. Future bid proposals are for 1,000 trees per bid, divided into four different diameters of

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Posted September 02, 2015in Your View

Burns needs to check his facts

Douglas Burns shows poor journalistic fact checking in his editorial, “Fiorina shows fraud of alleged prolife movement.” Mr. Burns brings up the old canard that if Roe vs. Wade were to be reversed, all abortions will be illegal and women undergoing abortions will be arrested and imprisoned, etc. This falsehood

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Posted August 26, 2015in Your View

Full disclosure needed

If only the commercials for politicians had to follow the same side effect disclosure rules of pharmaceutical commercials.  Instead of “Viagra: It will help men get and keep an erection…” we might have something like “Vote for or donate to this politician. It may help large donors get and keep

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Posted August 19, 2015in Your View

The process of poo

Last week’s Locker Room segment (Pitching petrified poo, Aug. 13) quotes Regina Pirtle, Iowa State Fair superintendent of activities at Pioneer Hall, as saying, “don’t worry, these chips have been sanitized.” She might want to share the process with Des Moines Water Works employee Bill Stowe and those counties he

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Posted August 12, 2015in Your View

Trump is a rabbit in a track meet

Des Moines Register writer Deb McMahon has harshly (again, as per usual) hammered a conservative in a newspaper. This time it’s The Donald, referring to him, among other things, as narcissistic. But where’s the perspective? Unlike many progressives, I will concede a point now and then. Donald “is” a narcissist!

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Posted August 05, 2015in Your View

Pathetic attempts to gain notice

The new Republican candidate strategy is to become even more obnoxious than Donald Trump in order to get media attention. The most savage comments to date came from Gov. Mike Huckabee in a pathetic attempt to gain some notice. He accused President Obama through the Iran deal of marching Israelis

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