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Posted November 19, 2014in Your View

Mannheimer is a ‘shady personality’

Des Moines newspapers and magazines must have a yearly quota on the number of stories they do about the Des Moines Social Club. At least Cityview’s recent cover story, Social Status (Nov. 13), isn’t all rainbows and sunshine. Obviously Christine Hensley isn’t aware of the theatrical irony of her reference

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Posted November 12, 2014in Your View

Very little has changed

If the phrase “all politics is local” is true, then despite the seemingly sweeping changes of the 2014 election, very little has changed in our own Iowa political landscape. When Iowa’s elected legislatures go back to “work” in January of 2015, the Democrats will still control the Iowa Senate (26 to 24). The

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Posted November 05, 2014in Your View

GOP may have lost Hispanic vote for future

One of the most important and controversial issues in the recent campaign was immigration reform, which has split the Republican Party down the middle with moderate Republicans supporting the Senate Immigration Reform Bill and the far right Tea Party opposing it. The Democrats unanimously supported the Senate-passed bipartisan Immigration Reform

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Posted October 29, 2014in Your View

Good and hard

Reading Douglas Burns’ cautionary column (Political Mercury, Oct. 23) about the prospect of Joni Ernst actually getting elected to replace Tom Harkin reminded me of H.L Mencken’s assertion that “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it — good and hard.”

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Posted October 22, 2014in Your View

Ebola won’t wipe us out

Regarding Shirley MacDonald’s letter to the editor, Oct. 9: If the Black Plague could not wipe out the entirety of the human species, neither will Ebola. Julie Luepke –Windsor Heights Buy a vowel Civic Skinny observed that the “t” was apparently laid off the Gannett company sign at Capital Square

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Posted October 15, 2014in Your View

Hold on

In his recap of the 1984 senate race between Roger Jepsen and Tom Harkin, non-columnist Michael Gartner reminds us that then Sen. Jepsen had “used a credit card at what was euphemistically called a massage parlor.” All this was true. But did the author really say that polls back then suggested Jepsen

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Posted October 08, 2014in Your View

Better than a hearing

Much attention had been on Bruce Braley missing hearings when he has a voting rate of 95 percent in Congress. What about Joni Ernst missing 36 percent of votes in the Iowa Senate and at the same time being paid to do her work in the Iowa Senate? Braley has

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Posted October 01, 2014in Your View

What the Hull?

I was a little disappointed to see The Hull Ave. Tavern left out of your “100 favorite bars” list. As a musician who plays there, I can attest that they have fantastic live music and never a cover, as well as tasty bar eats and an amazing crowd. Plus, it’s

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Posted September 24, 2014in Your View


First Cooney’s Tavern is left off of Cityview’s checklist of 100 favorite bars. Then Braveheart’s own descendants vote to keep themselves under the rule of the Queen. Being 1/256th Irish and 1/512th Scottish, this has been a tough week. I think I will start to work on that checklist immediately. Mike Rowley

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Posted September 17, 2014in Your View

Bender deserves credit, too

In the Sept. 11, 2014, issue of Cityview, Civic Skinny wrote a great article on our outgoing senator, Tom Harkin. Although Tom had the vision and the caring to help Iowans and many many others throughout his career, I think it is important to note that it was a great

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