Monday, May 25, 2015


Posted March 11, 2015in Your View

Don’t punish public schools

Jeff Jorgensen, Republican Pottawattamie County Chair, stated that Sen. Gronstal needs to be discussing charter schools, virtual schools, school voucher programs and homeschooling in order to find solutions for public schools. It seems the focus should instead be on what proven educational reforms needed to be implemented in public schools.

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Posted March 04, 2015in Your View

Fast tax

It did not take the Iowa Legislature long to pass and implement a 10-cent-a-gallon gasoline tax increase: Jan. 12 to March 1. But it took them 10 years to eliminate the income tax I pay on my Social Security benefits. Why? Gary Thelen -West Des Moines   Denny Arthur’s is

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Posted February 25, 2015in Your View

East Village is not welcoming?

Capital City Pride (CCP) is the volunteer committee that produces the annual LGBT Pridefest, an annual two-day street event with all-ages entertainment and a parade. For years, the event has enjoyed its home in the trendy East Village area of downtown Des Moines. The East Village is generally considered to

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Posted February 18, 2015in Your View

Remove the log from your own eye

My suggestion to Michael Gartner with his piece on Steve Deace and Douglas Burns article showing outrage at prayer: Remove the log from your own eye before you tell someone to remove the splinter from theirs. Gartner ignores another liberal intrusion on private property rights, and calling One Iowa a

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Posted February 11, 2015in Your View

Protect our money

Civic Skinny clearly points out it’s much easier to spend other peoples’ money (Civic Skinny, Feb. 5). Politicians Chuck Grassley, Tom Harkin, Joni Ernst, Steve King, Bruce Braley and others all gave nothing or next to nothing to the recent political campaigns. I wish they were as protective of the taxpayers’ money as

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Posted February 04, 2015in Your View

Great-grandma knows best

I am an avid reader of Cityview and always enjoy Civic Skinny. I’m also thankful for Brian Duffy’s cartoons. I was raised in a newspaper family, so I always read the articles thoroughly, which is why I was so taken aback while reading your comments about Marty Tirrell and the

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Posted January 28, 2015in Your View

Oil spill should be a wakeup call

With the recent pipeline break spilling oil — including the carcinogen benzene — into the Yellowstone River about 350 miles north of Yellowstone National Park, causing a do-not-use water warning and bottled water to be trucked into Glendive, Montana, does any rational person still favor running the Keystone XL or

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Posted January 21, 2015in Your View

There are indeed are two sides of the coin

While others want to fight over who gets credit for the latest “best of” ranking and to brag nonstop about every single solitary thing, there is another part of the region, where jobs, homes and health care issues are primary day-to-do challenges. Rankings on the stylish neighborhood, tech hubs and

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Posted January 14, 2015in Your View

Republicans’ wacky predictions

The New Year seems like an excellent time to review the accuracy of some previous Republican predictions and the credibility of those individuals who made them. Tea Party favorite, Republican Senator Mike Lee, predicted Obama’s 2012 reelection would result in gas prices of $5.45; Newt Gingrich predicted $10 per gallon.

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Posted January 07, 2015in Your View

Disappointed with Best Of

I just got done voting for some of the Des Moines “Best” venues, items, people, etc. in the Des Moines area. What a great way to honor local businesses; however, I was very disappointed to see “Best-Looking Media Personality (Female and Male)” as two of the categories. I could have

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