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Posted May 28, 2014in Your View

It’s a beautiful day in Joe’s Neighborhood

Thanks to Joe Weeg for his column on the American Cemetery in the Netherlands and the care given by the Dutch people to the soldiers buried there. I think it is important for us to understand the appreciation the Dutch still have for the American soldier’s role in WWII. I

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Posted May 21, 2014in Your View

How would gun-toting commercial play out with an African-American male?

Iowa and Iowans seem to have long been at the forefront of legislation to ensure equality. A quick Internet search provides numerous examples both past and present: 1839 – Territorial Supreme Court: Man could not be sent back into slavery; 1851 – Iowa General Assembly: removed ban on inter-racial marriage;

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Posted May 14, 2014in Your View

Too heavy of a burden

Duffy’sView (May 8) provides a vivid snapshot of the Bible-toting religious right-wing of the Iowa GOP about to be dropped overboard. It refers to the First District Republicans’ recent decision to dump their platform commitment to traditional marriage, which is an acknowledgment that they have accepted defeat in the debate

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Posted May 07, 2014in Your View

Our money is no object?

Civic Skinny calls the $525,591 paid to date in legal fees to the trial lawyers defending Gov. Branstad “nuts,” (Gartner Comment, May 1). These outrageous fees have been charged by private trial lawyers hired by Branstad to defend him against a $1 million lawsuit brought by Workers Compensation Director, Chris

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Posted April 30, 2014in Your View

What’s with all the classifications of people?

I liked Civic Skinny’s illustration: “One way to look at it: Branstad is trying to get rid of a workers comp commissioner who was twice overwhelmingly approved by the Senate in bipartisan votes — while hiring a would-be commissioner who was rejected by the Senate.” (April 24.) I liked it right up

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Posted April 23, 2014in Your View

All I want to know is…

When does Terry Branstad go on television and talk about his dog “Checkers” and the Republican cloth coat?  Bob Runge –Des Moines                   Gov’s hear no evil/see no evil response fails Branstad has stained the reputation of Iowa good government with the secret hush money payments scandal. He has failed

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Posted April 16, 2014in Your View

Puppy mills — sad and hopeless?

Thank you for writing the excellent story on Iowa’s puppy mills (“Puppy Wars,” April 10). I am a follower of Iowa Voters for Companion Animals and Iowa Friends for Companion Animals. We appreciate the support of the press in bringing this story to the forefront.  Karen Fieg –Grimes   Unfortunately,

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Posted April 09, 2014in Your View

Braley needs to remember his roots

Bruce Braley’s message to a roomful of Texas trial lawyers is still reverberating. But somehow the issue that should have turned heads didn’t. What should have had Iowans across all party lines feeling disgusted is that Braley told a group of non-Iowans that if they gave him campaign money, he

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Posted April 02, 2014in Your View

Duped again, nice job on April Foolery

Awesome! As soon as I got too FEARA (Federal Environmental Anomalies Reserve Agency) I knew something was up (“Snake Bite,” March 27), and the names were very clever! Well done. This (issue) was sent to me by a freaked out friend who knows I ride that trail. Great job! Allen

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Posted March 26, 2014in Your View

Pucker up, Vander Prude

Last week’s issue was completely and utterly, positively and without a doubt a pointless waste of ink and paper (“God and Gays,” March 20). On the cover, the subhead reads: “Why Bob Vander Plaats and his merry men may soon be irrelevant.” It begs the obvious question: When were they

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