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10/3/2012

DART story is ‘right on’

Right on, Cityview, regarding your story about the bus service in the Des Moines area (“Two Weeks on the Bus,” Sept. 6). The powers that be at DART must think that the only shift worked in the city is during daylight hours. If you work an afternoon or graveyard shift, you are out of luck with regard to public transport. Second- and third-shift employees pay taxes that support public transit just like day-shift, and those workers are getting screwed. When my husband and I visited New York City for 10 days, we only used a cab to and from the airport and then used two mass transit passes that gave us unlimited boarding on all buses and subways throughout the city. We traveled all over New York City at all times of the day for our entire visit. Taking the taxpayer-funded cars away from government officials and providing them with unlimited bus passes is an excellent idea, because we would see an immediate improvement in the city’s public transit and maybe Des Moines would then have a shot at becoming the world class city it thinks it is.

Joyce Canney, Runnells
 
 

Cop should be accountable

A few weeks ago (Aug. 31), an expensive Des Moines police K-9 dog died in a car in 100-degree heat. The police officer responsible is guilty of animal neglect resulting in death and should be punished as anyone else. This is Des Moines’ “finest,” and they’ll wiggle and worm and spin this thing till nothing is done. The police cover each other’s butts like no one else.

Alan Kinsey, West Des Moines
 

There is such a thing as a dumb question

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Regarding candidate Paul Ryan asking “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” (Guest View, Sept. 13), it’s a dumb question. It’s like asking the person whose house caught fire whether the house was in better shape after the firefighters put out the fire than it was before the fire started.

Mark L. Smith, Des Moines
 
 
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