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Don’t make me come over there

8/20/2014

OK, Cityview, what’s up with the tits issue? You can’t honestly tell me you’ve run out of sacred-cow news to break in this town. If you wanted to go on summer vacation, or just milk a bunch of easy advertising bucks, you could’ve just run a rigged “Best Of” issue, as is tradition. Knock off the sexist idiocy and do something productive, will you? Don’t make me come over there.

Jen Wilson
–Des Moines

Koch brothers aren’t devil dogs

For two weeks in a row, Rick Smith has warned us of the evils of the Koch brothers. I’m confused; is this the same Koch brothers who just donated $25 million dollars to the United Negro College Fund, which provides grants to universities who explore principle of free enterprise and classic liberalism? Is this the same Koch brothers who have also provided support for campaigns against the Patriot Act, are in favor of gay marriage, legalizing pot and in opposition to corporate welfare?

The Koch brothers have also contributed to Democrats, including members of our own legislature. Koch Industries has provided 60,000 jobs nationwide, including Iowa. Despite the outright lies told by Harry Reid on the Senate floor, they have only contributed .006 percent of worldwide greenhouse gases. Another small part of their philanthropic resume includes funding for cancer research, hospital wings and the arts.

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I wonder what the Koch brothers expect from the Democrats they contributed to in our legislature. From what I can see, they are Libertarians, not Republican devil dogs.

John W. Pattee
–Cumming

Vote for the benefit of all

We need to elect representatives to Congress who will work across the aisle for the benefit of the country. After the largest peace-time deficit in U.S. history, Congress and President George H.W. Bush worked together to put into law the Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1990. We all remember that the economy was strong by the end of the 1990s.

On Oct. 27, 1990, Congress passed a deficit-reduction bill that included major spending cuts and tax increases. It provided a five-year, $492 billion reduction in deficit spending. A $20 billion peace dividend shift of spending from military to domestic programs was implemented.

A strong U.S. economy also means investing in its citizens. In this 1990 Act, Congress provided for the largest spending increases in 10 years for public works, housing, environmental protection and education. Lawmakers also voted for stronger measures to investigate, prosecute and punish officials suspected of fraud after the savings and loan scandal.

Remember, your vote does count to elect someone who will work for the benefit of all Americans.

Julie Stewart Ziesman
–Waukee

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