Monday, August 31, 2015


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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Posted May 20, 2015in Your View

Obama’s economic rescue vs. the Bush catastrophe

The latest April job numbers came in last week and added a respectable 223,000 new jobs driving the unemployment rate, which is down to 5.4 percent, the lowest since March 2008. That current rate is down by half from the peak of 9.9 percent. Under the leadership of President Obama,

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Posted May 13, 2015in Your View

Hensley’s tax revenue comment a gas

Some might wonder whether Des Moines City Councilwoman Christine Hensley might have taken Cityview’s April Fools edition of the Locker Room article by “Dive Riley” a bit too serious. Readers may recall the tongue in cheek article reported a golf tournament in Woodland cemetery to help fund council member pay

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Posted May 06, 2015in Your View

Sick of Jenner

For all the hype about gay marriage and things like Indiana’s religious freedom law, I find it quite odd that America is so infatuated about Bruce Jenner’s sex change.  Is anyone else tired of seeing his ever-morphing ugly mug on the cover of every magazine while standing in line at

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Posted April 29, 2015in Your View

Iowa’s water problems need solved

Twelve years ago, we set out with our young children to spend a weekend at Clear Lake, anticipating camping, swimming, canoeing and building sand castles. When we arrived, the lake was closed due to high bacterial rates that could cause illness should the water be ingested. Our young kids were

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Posted April 22, 2015in Your View

Braley’s bailing isn’t the first

Mr. Gartner’s mention of Bruce Braley bailing out of Iowa after an election loss (Comment, April 16) reminded me of other past politicians who professed an “all for Iowa” loyalty and then walked. Probably none were more blatant than ex-congressman and gubernatorial candidate Fred Grandy. While he professed to be all Iowan, he

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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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