Porter deserves a chance to be heard
Wednesday’s debate of the gubernatorial candidates was missing one viable candidate, Libertarian Jake Porter. Shame on KCCI and The Des Moines Register for not allowing the voters of Iowa to hear what ideas and solutions Porter has to offer.
Jake Porter is currently polling at 7 percent without running a multi-million dollar advertising campaign.
Just imagine what his polling numbers would be if he had the big cash cows behind him that the GOP and Democratic National Committee have. Perhaps polling 7 percent on a limited campaign should tell us something about Porter being fiscally capable and that he has something worthwhile to hear.
I say give the man an opportunity to be heard. Level the playing field by including Jake Porter in future debates an watch his polling numbers grow. The voters of Iowa are entitled to hear from all viable candidates.
Wouldn’t it be refreshing to have a third-party governor, forcing the Republicans and Democrats to work together in order to pass legislation that Porter could sign?
— Gary McLain, Altoona
How is it a ‘scary time for men?’
I can’t believe there are actually men walking around saying “it’s a scary time to be a man.”
Do you know what kind of man would say that? The kind of man who is afraid of his own personal history. Good grief, get a hold of yourselves.
It’s an example of how misogyny really works: Men who harbor a hatred for women and who need to feel superior to women are deathly afraid of giving power to women. Not because the women will abuse it, but because those particular men are creeps, and now they might start getting called on it.
What a bunch of sexist pigs.
— Phil Walsh, Des Moines
State is running smoothly with Mosiman
I want to express my enthusiastic support for incumbent State Auditor Mary Mosiman.
I know Mary personally, and I know she is honest and driven to bring accountability to government, resulting in protecting all of us as taxpayers. Mary has kept her campaign promises and her record in office is beyond reproach.
Not only is Mary active in scrutinizing government entities at all levels, but she is also proactive in equipping officials with the tools needed to keep accurate financial records.
Her office issued over 1,000 financial statement audit reports and identified more than 100 fraud investigative reports. These findings identified about $14 million in taxpayer waste. Her office also launched a fraud reduction program this year to help prevent fraud in the first place.
The auditor’s office is running smoothly as it is designed to be: a CPA firm, and that’s because she is a capable CPA.
— Kay Rice, Ames
Debate showed Reynold’s worth as governor
The governor’s debate hosted by KCCI and The Des Moines Register showed me that Gov. Kim Reynolds has the strength and vision to take care of Iowa. On that stage, she represented every single Iowan.
Fred Hubbell dodged questions without his running mate there to answer all the tough ones for him. I think Iowans finally saw live who he is and how he cracks under pressure.
Reynolds faced questions head on and made it even easier for me to vote for the first woman governor of Iowa. She stuck to her optimistic responses, which showed her strong and powerful demeanor.
We need to keep Reynolds in office. She is an Iowan through and through, and is a strong leader for this state.
— Katelyn Boeding, Ames
Hubbell stayed calm while Reynolds heated up
What a huge contrast in qualifications and leadership displayed by the two gubernatorial candidates on Wednesday’s televised debate.
Gov. Kim Reynolds spent her hyperactive hour alternatively sniping, boasting, being a negative attack dog and constantly projecting falsehoods onto her opponent. Meanwhile, Fred Hubbell showed true leadership with his steady, calm and measured demeanor, and his solid and wise vision for the state.
Iowa would be lucky to have such a highly intelligent and experienced leader as Hubbell at its helm. Reynolds’ continuing support of Branstad’s privatization of Medicaid with its cuts to services and her accepting of campaign contributions from those Medicaid management firms, her tax cuts for the rich and corporations, and her fight against the important and beneficial Planned Parenthood organization make her a totally unacceptable candidate to lead the state of Iowa.
— Corrinne Reed, West Des Moines
Derry is a dedicated Iowa House candidate
If you’ve driven through Johnston or Grimes, you’ve seen the signs for our Statehouse candidates. Karin Derry’s hundreds of signs popped up in yards seemingly overnight, and the several empty commercial lots where our incumbent’s signs have landed are hard to miss.
Derry’s campaign has knocked thousands of doors and held countless meet-the-candidate events. She’s raised money from over 400 supporters, amassed an army of local volunteers and engaged voters on social media.
Our representative hasn’t had an open public meeting for months. His mailers don’t have any contact information. He doesn’t have a candidate website or any active social media outlets, and his funding is from mostly large donors.
Call me old-fashioned, but I think a public servant should actually engage with the public.
Derry, a lawyer, parent and community activist, is supremely qualified to represent our district. As a mom of three and a small business owner, I am thrilled to vote for Derry, a public servant who will fight for health care reform, public education, our teachers, fair tax policies, women’s rights, common sense gun laws and the environment.
Want to know more? I know she’d love to hear from you.
— Morgan Kent Molden, Johnston
Voting is essential to creating change in Iowa
People must vote on Nov. 6. If you are a woman, senior citizen, student, teacher, policeman, fireman, store clerk, union worker or farmer, you must exercise your right to vote if you expect things to change.
We must elect those who think health care, education, tariffs, and wages are important. Be a difference maker!
— Gary Matson, Cedar Rapids
Iowan urges educators to vote for Hubbell
After watching the gubernatorial debate, I realized that this election goes beyond these two candidates and their personalities. It is more about their ideological perspectives.
We know that the Republicans will continue their assault on adequately funded education at all levels. The Republicans are not only withholding the purse string from our children and teachers, they also have decimated teachers and public workers by gutting their collective bargaining rights.
Medicaid is a $5 billion program in Iowa and under Gov. Kim Reynolds, how those billions are allocated are a mystery. That is a recipe for fraud and mismanagement. The for-profit insurance companies that are managing our Medicaid dollars have a history of Medicaid fraud in other states.
Not only because Hubbell is the more decent of the two but, rather, because Reynolds has chosen Rep. Steve King as a campaign co-chairman [Iowa Gov. Reynolds will keep Steve King as campaign co-chair], and that is a disqualifier.
— David Crotts, Grinnell
We should expect more from our leaders
As I send emails or letters to legislators, I believe they or an aide will read what I have written and give an appropriate response. Not always true.
I twice received the exact same letter from Sen. Chuck Grassley, obviously a form letter. Disappointing.
I watched every moment of the hearings and was most upset by the lack of decorum displayed by many members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Both sides pointed fingers.
I am a retired teacher and I would not have allowed that kind of behavior in my classroom, so I am disappointed that it was allowed in the hearing.
It seems that the people that have been elected have become less and less professional. If I had acted that way in my classroom, I would have earned some serious consequences. What we allow reflects on us, and we lose others respect.
If we are to make America great again, let’s start at the top.
— Sandy Mohr, Marshalltown
Trump supporters exaggerate market growth
I tend to roll my eyes when President Donald Trump’s supporters engage in his use of exaggeration. I noticed a column recently where the writer bragged on the president’s economic success, as measured by the Dow Jones average.
I concede the market is doing well, continuing the bull market started in March 2009. The problem I have is that Trump, and his supporters, always seem to state his gains from Election Day, and not when he took office.
On Nov. 9, 2016, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed at 18,613.52, on the last day of President Obama’s term, Jan. 19, 2017, the DJIA closed at 19,732.40. This is a gain of 1,119.38 points, or 6 percent. This should be credited to former president Barack Obama.
The market is doing great, but Republicans just can’t seem to help themselves. They even have to exaggerate, when just telling the truth would be sufficient.
— Ron Stopak, Le Mars
Privatizing Medicaid has no benefits
Privatizing Medicaid is just a bad idea. Private program administrators add a profit cost to the equation.
Private companies aren’t just profit “motivated,” they have a fiduciary duty to shareholders to maximize profit and must, therefore, deny claims or minimize payments on claims if there is any arguable way to do so.
With Medicaid, that added burden falls upon those most vulnerable among us — those least able to fight with the program administrator. Gov. Kim Reynolds needs to do a reality check.
It’s called arithmetic. Adding a profit component doesn’t add up for program recipients.
In two words, it’s mean spirited. In one word, it’s Republican.
— Jonathan Wilson, Des Moines
Porter offers common-sense solutions
Partisanship was the clear winner at the Iowa’s governor debate. Democrats cheered Fred Hubbell’s refusal to release tax returns, and Republicans cheered Kim Reynolds’ criticism of her opponent’s financial wealth.
For Iowans who care about policies over parties and personalities, the predictable, partisan reactions are disappointing, but not a surprise.support for a regressive increase in the state sales tax to protect agricultural top soil, instead of requiring farmland owners to stop their runoff?Iowa Senate plans $52 million in budget cuts, hitting universities, courts and human services]?strong opponent of Medicaid privatization, and farm pollution runoff. Iowans who care about common-sense solutions to real issues, instead of partisan sound bites, will be pleasantly surprised by Jake Porter’s honest discussion of important issues.
— Erich Riesenberg, Des Moines
Hubbell has shown his dedication to Iowa
Fred and Charlotte Hubbell have a lengthy history of giving generously to organizations that improve the lives of Iowans — particularly low-income Iowans.
Their record of giving through their non-profit foundation is detailed annually on 990-PF forms which are available for public viewing on sites such as CharityNavigator.org.
These filings show the YMCA of Greater Des Moines and Broadlawns as major beneficiaries, as well as local low-income housing initiatives and Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.
Fred Hubbell could have lived a life of leisure and excess, as many wealthy kids do. Instead, he has shown great discipline by earning a law degree, applying himself in the private and public sector and embarking on a path to the governorship.
He has chosen to share his good fortune with all of us, and apply himself toward helping the common good.
I encourage you to review his history of giving for yourself rather than buying into unsubstantiated smear campaigns.
— Mary Lasky, Ankeny
Hubbell needs to answer debate questions
At the next gubernatorial debate, I hope Fred Hubbell answers questions rather than telling stories.
— Doug Gulling, Urbandale
Mosiman should be re-elected
This Nov. 6, I am casting my vote for state auditor for Mary Mosiman.
She brings the right qualifications, skills and temperament to the job.
Mary has done a great job for the people of Iowa and is the kind of leader who is willing to challenge the status quo no matter who is in charge of state government.
I strongly encourage everyone to join with me in helping re-elect Mary Mosiman as our state auditor.
— Will Rogers, Des Moines
Uncivil Democrats show need for change
The atrocious behavior of Senate Democrats, the media and the thuggish behavior of protesters during and now after the Kavanaugh hearings can not be tolerated in any civil society.
The mask has fallen from the face of the “new” Democrat Party, and it isn’t a pretty sight.
Old-time liberals, patriots and civil libertarians like JFK, Hubert Humphrey or even a triangulating Bill Clinton are no longer welcome in this new iteration. Fueled by nothing more than anger caused by not getting their way and mindless hatred of anything related to President Donald Trump or Republicans, they have abandoned any sense of fairness or decency and simply emote and resist, hoping they’ll get their way.
It is now time for recalcitrant Never Trump Republicans, independents, Libertarians and any remaining Democrats of good conscience to come home and vote to keep this new virulent strain of politics from ever gaining power.
— Jon Johnson, Grimes
If you do not vote, you will not be heard
If you don’t vote, don’t complain.
If you don’t vote, it most certainly will not be counted and you won’t be heard.
— Myrna Perks, Des Moines
Iowans still have voices in elections
I am so grateful for all of the thousands of protesters focused on the Republicans’ corrupt Supreme Court nominee [Kavanaugh vote: 3 protesters arrested at Chuck Grassley’s Des Moines office].
Although our Iowa senators ignored every valid reason to cancel the nomination, our Iowans rallied and so did decent people of all states.
We still have voices, and we still have votes. Please keep fighting the corruption and lies.
Please vote Democrat, even if you never have before. Our lives depend upon it.
— Nancy Brown, Urbandale
Trump’s E-15 battle may do more harm than good
Donald Trump has asked the EPA to loosen regulations on E-15 fuel and he announced this in Iowa just before an election. Surprise.
Will he justify the associated increase in ethanol caused smog (that contributes to global warming) as his administration did with the relaxation of fuel standards, by saying that the Earth will warm 7 degrees by 2100 and there is nothing we can do about it?
What do Iowa farmers think is more important — a humanly habitable earth or money now to get their votes in 2018?
— Herb Eckhouse, Des Moines
Don’t give up on Eldora boy’s school
When it comes to juvenile delinquency or an incorrigible child, one school cannot be expected to fix everything [State boys’ school workers suffer broken bones, concussions, bite wounds in preventable assaults, inspectors say].
As a lifelong resident of Eldora, I was here when Anthony Travisano and James Hoy were heralded nationwide as running a school that not only punished the kids, but also educated them to be good, productive citizens.
Following that period came the hard drugs and two-income family phenomenon we are still wrestling with. The town enlisted the boys for a work project at Eldora’s Deer Park when the community secured the the state’s first REAP grant that brought us the historic Welcome Center and Depot in 1991.
On visitor’s day, I noticed the boys showing their parents the park and the work they had done. These young men were proud to have worked shoulder to shoulder to make the park a better place for families.
We have had violence from the boys for many years against the staff, and it ebbs and flows with the caliber of the residents. But do not give up on the school or the staff, they will find a way if we truly listen and give their ideas a fair effort.
— Steve Throssel, Eldroa
Moderate Republicans must decide this November
Moderate Republicans — like me — must choose on Nov. 6. Will they stick with their party for the U.S. House of Representatives, or will they uphold the Constitution and our democratic institutions and norms?
David Young swore an oath to “support and defend the Constitution,” but has the House leadership done so? No.
They have obfuscated and hindered our response to Russian election interference; undermined the integrity of ongoing Department of Justice investigations; refused to consistently challenge the president’s lies, bullied and made attacks on the free press, and refused to meaningfully investigate the constitutional and ethical violations of this administration.
They are abdicating their Article I and separation of powers responsibilities, and they undermine the rule of law.
While I no longer have a party, I do have a country, one that needs protecting. That is why I will vote for Cindy Axne.
— Jim Chrisinger, Ankeny
Scholten is the change needed in 4th District
To all of my friends who live in the 4th District, I encourage you to vote for J.D. Scholten for Congress. Setting aside all of the usual issues most people bring up about Rep. Steve King, there’s one thing that it comes down to: Who is going to actually put in the work to represent you well?
King seems to believe he owns this district by virtue of the fact that party registration favors him. He doesn’t debate, doesn’t make public appearances, doesn’t pass bills, doesn’t chair committees; he does nothing.
Contrast that to what Scholten’s aims are: Inclusiveness, respect and hard work. He has been talking to and taking input from people from all over the district.
He listens not only to people from his own party, but independents and Republicans too. If Scholten is elected, he will have to work hard every day to continually earn the support of the people in this district.
Early voting started on Oct. 8, so please give serious consideration to a change in leadership for Northwest Iowa by voting for Scholten for Congress.
— Elijah Stines, Boone
Mosiman has lost this Iowan’s trust
Mary Mosiman must be voted out of office. She has shown that she cannot keep politics out of the state auditor’s office.
While our state auditor always runs under the umbrella of a political party, there is an expectation that once elected, he or she will act in a way that is divorced from politics. Mosiman has shown that she cannot do this.
There is no better example of this then her handling of Medicaid privatization. Mosiman ignored 48 public reports of privatized Medicaid’s failure for Iowans. Forty-eight times she was told that privatized Medicaid did not work and that people were dying because of it, and she ignored the warning signs.
When she finally announced she would look into the matter, she made sure the investigation wouldn’t be done until after the election.
We deserve to know what we are voting on. We deserve to know what our government is doing with our health care, but our state auditor doesn’t seem to care.
That is why we need to elect Rob Sand to watch over what our elected officials are doing, regardless of their political party. I have full confidence in Sand, and I have lost all confidence in Mosiman.
— Jon Ling, Des Moines
Reynolds is the right choice for Iowa
I have had the pleasure of knowing Gov. Kim Reynolds many years, and I believe she is the right person to be our governor, especially during these times.
From raising a family, working multiple jobs and managing a household budget, she clearly understands what Iowans are faced with daily. She exudes excellence in all areas of her personal and career life.
Reynolds’ energy and enthusiasm is contagious. I don’t think there has been a time that her smile didn’t light up a room. She believes and hopes for the best. For example, she focused on a very ambitious legislative agenda, one which was cultivated by her deeply held convictions.
She has demonstrated that when you put a priority on things you believe in, positive change will come. Iowans now and in the future will be blessed by her core belief that all life should be protected. This belief will allow our state to be a leader in respect and dignity of all.
As a wife, mom and grandma, I appreciate that the things that matter to me matter to her: faith, family, and building a better Iowa.
— Denise Bubeck, Grimes
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