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Few Recourses for Real Change PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Written by Terry Hansen   
Friday, 08 May 2015 12:15

Just a few words to express my enjoyment of Ms. McCarthy’s recent article. I couldn’t agree more with what was said. My only regret is being not sure what to do about it. While Ms. McCarthy has pushed in the past for people being more involved with the political process and learning more about what’s going on, I can also see where time commitments for work and family severely limit many for participating as much as they would like or could like. The economy is not anywhere near as good as some would think. I feel we’re financially suppressed on purpose to make it that much harder to watch over our interests in government. My only suggestion would be to stop watching political ads and the news and start looking for alternative parties and candidates. I know this is not always easy, but I believe the vote is the only real recourse citizens have to promote real change. And that will change when and if they go to an all-digital voting system. Hackers are getting into everywhere. It’s all but impossible to keep them out. Our elections will be become completely meaningless.

I could go on and on, so don’t get me started ... . Or maybe it should be that more people should get started.

Thanks again for being at least one honest source of information.

Terry Hansen

 
Electric Vehicles Should Pay Their Fair Share PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Written by Pete Hess   
Thursday, 09 April 2015 08:34

After reading your article about Iowa’s gas tax, I thought of one thing the article never mentioned. If the tax shortfall is bad now, it will get even worse as electric cars such as the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf gain in popularity. I feel that the owners of these vehicles are cheating the state, as well as those who own gasoline-powered vehicles.

Instead of tax breaks, electric-vehicle owners should pay a surcharge on their registration. This way, everybody will pay their fair share of maintaining the infrastructure, as I have done with every car I’ve owned since 1972.

Pete Hess
Davenport

 
1984 and Counting PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Written by Dave Sekharan   
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 08:53

Like most people, I was stunned to hear about the Edward Snowden incident and PRISM. That whole story was like an upside-down Escher painting. Snowden eventually immigrated to one of the most totalitarian, repressive nations on the planet. Isn’t that just the craziest thing?

The disclosure of federal eavesdropping was a revelation that certainly grabbed our attention. Just think: At this very moment my every keystroke is being monitored. And if I get a phone call the NSA might find out that Maria wants to get back together again, but just for tonight.

Seriously? I could give a damn about Big Brother. The government can read my mail for all I care. The Snowden affair was compelling news, yes, but the only people who should really be concerned are terrorists and drug dealers. Possibly the governor of Illinois.

 
Vote “No” on Fertilizer Plant PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Written by Royce Bare   
Monday, 06 August 2012 10:17

Open Letter to the Scott County Board of Supervisors:

Recently you decided to delay the public hearing on the request by Orascom Construction Industries (OCI) to build a fertilizer-manufacturing facility in close proximity to Walcott from August 2 to August 28. The reason given for the change of date was to give OCI more time to produce a full presentation and to arrange for more company officials to attend the hearing. This is very accommodating of you.

How much time will OCI be given for this presentation – half an hour, a whole hour? Conversely, how much time will individual citizens be allowed to speak – two, possibly five minutes? Will the citizens of Scott County be given an extra four weeks, as OCI has, to make a studied rebuttal to its presentation? This would only be fair.

 
I Am Staying in My Post as Iowa/Nebraska NAACP Education Chair PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Written by Jonathan Narcisse   
Thursday, 28 June 2012 14:17

After the resignation of the Reverend Keith Ratliff as the president of the Iowa/Nebraska Conference of the NAACP, which followed the National Board’s decision to support gay marriage as a civil right, I have been asked by several members of the media if I intend to stay on as education chair for the Iowa/Nebraska Conference of the NAACP.

I do not mean to diminish the issue, but over the past few years, the advocates of marriage equality and the opponents of same-sex marriage have, through their actions, asserted this is the only issue that matters.

Period.

As education chair of the Iowa/Nebraska conference of the NAACP and as a former director of the Des Moines School Board, I have witnessed Iowa’s academic crisis, especially the urban academic crisis, worsen to a near state of emergency. Yet, most Iowans remain ignorant of the important data and proposed solutions to these solvable problems while the body politic and the media refuse to report, and at times, even acknowledge the severity of this crisis.

 
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