Thursday, July 28, 2016


Posted May 11, 2016in Your View

Increase the minimum wage

  The Polk County Supervisors voted in April to appoint a task force to study increasing the minimum wage countywide. The current minimum wage in Iowa is $7.25 for hourly workers and $4.35 for tipped workers. The vote was 4-1 in favor with Democrats John Mauro, Angela Connolly, Tom Hockensmith

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Posted May 04, 2016in Your View

Preservation of historical documents is No. 1 priority I am concerned about the proposal to spend $80 million to renovate the State Historical Building on Locust Street. As I understand it, the east side would be razed and converted into an outdoor gathering space. The west end would be renovated

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Posted April 27, 2016in Your View

Reducing the size of the Iowa State Historical Building is absurd

  Duffy’s so great! He’s right on about the dismantling of the State Historical Building and Library in Des Moines (Duffy’s View, April 14). His suggestion to throw out the Department of Cultural Affairs could be the answer. A historical building is only as good as its collection. If it

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Posted April 20, 2016in Your View

Catastrophe for the Supreme Court

  Over the long history of the Supreme Court, senators from both political parties have often challenged the nominees from the opposing parties. They have filibustered them, mounted massive efforts to oppose them and have refused to confirm some. All those actions are well within the accepted parameters of the

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Posted April 06, 2016in Your View

Will Bill’s sex scandals hurt Hillary Clinton?

The answer is no. Why? People don’t care if public figures are exposed for doing what the electorate is doing without the accompanying publicity. Right-wing fundamentalists are willing to publicize such things. They ignore it when their own kind gets involved in similar activities. I love the quote from four-time

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Posted April 01, 2016in Your View

Change of mind   After all the letters to editor that have run in Cityview responding to my many letters to the editor over the years, I have had a change of thought. I have come to realize that I was wrong about Terry Branstad, Chuck Grassley, and maybe most

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Posted March 23, 2016in Your View

Playing the “What if…” game

Civic Skinny painted a powerful “What if” column about Neal and Bea Smith. After being denied equal pay for equal jobs early in their careers, the road they chose eventually took them to Washington, D.C. Civic Skinny wrote, “If it (a Des Moines insurance company) had offered Bea Smith the

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Posted March 16, 2016in Your View

Republicans refuse to create jobs

It’s time for a pro-job agenda. In 2011 Rep. Paul Ryan presented a six-page plan to create jobs in which only generalities were presented, while President Obama had presented to the Congress a detailed plan to create jobs. House Republicans have repeatedly refused to create jobs by increasing funding for

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Posted March 09, 2016in Your View

Shoe pinches on the other foot

Marco Rubio reportedly said that conservatives cannot be hijacked by someone who is not a conservative. That’s really rather rich for a Republican to say considering that the best recent hope for a viable third party, United We Stand America, was torn apart by a disgruntled Republican losing candidate, Pat

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Posted March 02, 2016in Your View

Grassley obstructs

Every citizen in the country is fed up with the gridlock in Washington, D.C. That idea is supported by the success of the non-traditional candidates this year. Sen. Charles Grassley has had many opportunities to make a difference. Now comes one of the most important processes before our country, to

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