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Tirrell — blather on the radio



Not long after an ill wind blew Marty Tirrell into town years ago, he had lunch at a pub I owned. One thing led to another, and we agreed on some sort of short-term advertising pact. But I couldn’t bear listening to him blather on the radio, so I stopped doing business with whatever station he was broadcasting from at the time. I remember that decision fondly every time I read one of your Marty Tirrell legal updates. As the Mouth of the Midwest might say, “Good job outta you,” Cityview.

Mike Wellman

Des Moines

Anything but safe

Prep Iowa

“Make America Safe Again” is the latest rallying cry of the Donald Trump campaign.  Trump blames President Obama for the recent increase in the despicable violence against law enforcement and number of officers killed in the line of duty. Again, Trump has his facts wrong. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund compiles data yearly regarding law enforcement fatalities. From 2009 to 2015, under President Obama, there has been an average of 135 police fatalities a year.  From 2002 to 2008, the average number of fatalities a year was 162. The Obama years have seen a decline of 17 percent. On July 11, as well as other times, Trump has stated: “We’ve also seen increasing threats against our police and a substantial rise in the number of officers killed in the line of duty — a very big rise.” Statistics show trends in a decline of officer deaths. The July 7 ambush and killing of five Dallas police officers has been the deadliest day for law enforcement since 9/11.  The recent assassinations of law enforcement officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge are not the fault of President Obama. The racist, xenophobic, misogynistic rhetoric of Trump is fueling fear and hatred, which is dividing our country. America will not be “made safe” if Donald Trump is elected president.

Barb Yankey



Clinton is safest

We all know Democrats have total confidence in Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy experience and her proven record as a senator and as secretary of state. However, if you don’t believe anything Democrats say, just listen to what Republican foreign policy experts are saying about Clinton’s national security expertise. Richard Armitage and Brent Scowcroft, both who served in the George W. Bush administration, say they trust Hillary Clinton and will vote for her rather than Donald Trump. According to a Business Insider article In March, Republican national security leaders signed a letter stating, “Mr. Trump’s own statements lead us to conclude that as president, he would use the authority of his office to act in ways that make America less safe, and which would diminish our standing in the world. Therefore, as committed and loyal Republicans, we are unable to support a party ticket with Mr. Trump at its head. We commit ourselves to working energetically to prevent the election of someone so utterly unfitted to the office.” Shouldn’t GOP voters be concerned if an impressive list of the most respected Republican national security experts warn against a Trump presidency?

Rick Smith


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