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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 they appear to be with their own.

Mike Rowley


Grassley and Ernst vote against science

Prior to the recent Senate vote approving the Keystone pipeline, there were a number of climate change amendments voted on as well. One amendment was a statement supporting the fact that climate change is real and isn’t a hoax; it passed 98 to 1. However, an additional amendment was proposed stating that “human activity significantly contributes to climate change.” The vote was 50 in support of that statement and 49 opposed who refused to link climate change to human causes. The 49 senators voting no and denying a human caused link (science-based fact) to climate change were all Republicans, including our Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Joni Ernst. The scientific community has concluded the debate is closed on climate change, and the verdict is nearly unanimous confirming global warming is a direct result of the human burning of fossil fuels.


We require Iowa students have access to current scientific facts and to be competent in a basic understanding of science. Shouldn’t Iowans have an expectation that two of our most important political leaders, Sen. Grassley and Sen. Ernst, be informed as to the current science on climate change and to vote based on those facts?

Rick Smith


Eating their cake, too

Boy the folks on the Right are especially outraged about this Brian Williams Iraq war story lie, huh? And rightfully so. I can’t help but feel they are actually delighted, though. Like they want their yellow cake and eat it, too.

Greg Cunningham
-West Des Moines

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