Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Posted July 29, 2015in Your View

Obama’s wins have Republicans trembling in confusion

The landmark nuclear agreement with Iran is the latest and perhaps one of the most significant wins by President Obama. He is proving political strategists wrong and rewriting the history of lame duck presidents as he piles success upon success. The president is scoring big wins against Republicans and has

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Posted July 22, 2015in Your View

Smith on Smith

Is anyone else as exasperated as I am with Rick Smith? I highly doubt it in this alternative universe we are currently living in. His take on Iraq is the usual, predictable, liberal diatribe: Bush lied us into Iraq under the wrong pretense and people died. It surely can be

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Posted July 15, 2015in Your View

Promises, promises

Civic Skinny keeps readers updated on the “progress” of Gov. Terry Branstad’s promise to create an environment in Iowa that will spawn 200,000 new jobs by 2016. Currently he is almost halfway there with a mere six months remaining. Now, I must admit that, in most cases, if any politician

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Posted July 08, 2015in Your View

Dem disappointed in Jindal

OK. So what is a liberal Democrat doing at the rally for Bobby Jindal in Waukee on June 30? I want to see all of the 15-plus candidates in the flesh and evaluate them myself. Also, I’m retired and I can! Bobby Jindal is a first-generation American from the Punjab

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Posted July 01, 2015in Your View

Trump distinguishes himself

We live in a time of stunning transformations. In recent weeks, we’ve seen Bruce Jenner transition from a male Olympic medalist to Caitlyn Jenner, a self-assured woman gracing the cover of Vanity Fair. Then there’s Rachel Dolezal, the ex-president of the Spokane, Washington, chapter of the NAACP. She lived as

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Posted June 24, 2015in Your View

Three rights do make a left

Michael Gartner’s reprinted 2006 tribute to his father (Civic Skinny, June 18) remains timeless and interesting. It got me thinking. While all of us are great-grandsons to someone the second we are born, it takes future generations to give us the opportunity to become fathers, grand and great. Mike Rowley -Clive

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Posted June 17, 2015in Your View

Almost afraid

Intrigued by the mention of the 1,382,855 ranked book by Michael Gartner, “Outrage, Passion and Uncommon Sense,” in last week’s Civic Skinny column, I quickly Google searched the subject. I found a 14-minute CSPAN2 video with the author. It was fascinating. I immediately ordered the book. Now I am half

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Posted June 10, 2015in Your View

What’s the difference?

After reading Civic Skinny last week (June 4, 2015), let me see if I understand this correctly. The husband (James Conlin) of a past Democrat nominee for governor (Roxanne Conlin) is suing the city of Des Moines (whose city council has been controlled by Democrats for more than five decades).

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Posted June 03, 2015in Your View

Numbers don’t lie

Ninety years ago, Prohibition was a prevailing illusion. Today’s illusions are different. Law enforcement has broken down, especially at the top. Once again, so many in politics and the media cannot face the new age. Demographers estimate the total world population at about 200 million during the time of Jesus.

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Posted May 27, 2015in Your View

More sauce, please

Civic Skinny (May 21) brought me down with the accurate but depressing news of lawsuits involving apes, city trees, lawyers, the IRS and Central College. Then Cityview informs us that The Des Moines Register reporter’s reported taste test at Jethro’s never took place (Comment, A Reporter Lies, May 21). Could Cityview at least tell readers

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