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BY DI READERS | APRIL 29, 2011 7:20 AM

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Stop the stalling, Iowa Senate

"If it's not broken, don't fix it." That's just common sense. If so, then the opposite must be true: "If it's broken, fix it." Well, state government is broken.

Actually, to be perfectly honest, our constitutional government is fine. It's some of the politicians who are broken.

The voters in 2010 sent a message to all of government: "We want traditional common sense to prevail." This hasn't happened. The Iowa House has passed dozens of common-sense bills that the Senate has chosen to neglect in committee, not bringing them up before the whole Senate for a vote.

Just a few of these measures: a bill to require voters to have valid photo IDs; a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks; an income-tested voucher program for preschool; a challenge to President Obama's health-care reform; and an amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

Of this short list, many of them would pass if brought to a vote. Voter ID, a late-term abortion ban, and the marriage amendment are all popular with the public.

So why aren't the Democrats in the Senate allowing these votes? They are afraid that some of these bills would pass, and they know that a public vote would show voters in the next election where they really stand.

Call senators to ask them to bring these issues to a vote, particularly Tom Courtney, Steve Sodders, and Jeff Danielson.

If the Legislature adjourns before you get a chance to call, remember in 2012 how these senators stifled the will of the majority.

Darwin W. Hofmeister
Ackley, Iowa

No real Christian values from the GOP

When did the Republican Party become the party of Christians, God, and all things wholesome?

Leaders of the Republican Party support oppressing the poor and legally discriminating against people in love who simply want to marry and then claim they are for "family values."

This behavior is about as far from being truly Christian than "believing" Jesus was a law-abiding bearded white guy. For goodness' sake, Jesus would have been a radical socialist had there been such labels back then — maybe a Democrat, but absolutely not a modern-day conservative or Republican.

Aren't those claiming to be Christians supposed to strive to be "Christ like"? That would mean standing up for the less fortunate and creating public policies that would lead to true social, economic and gender justice. In short, true Christians should be rejecting most Republican Party policy initiatives.

Gandhi, perhaps one of the modern world's most Christ-like souls, once said, "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." I can really see where Gandhi got his perspective.

It is like many Republicans are "convenient Christians." They say they believe in Jesus and hold their God up on some pedestal to get votes, yet do a complete flip-flop when it comes to real public policy that demonstrates Christ's values.

It is time to reject this hypocrisy before this lopsided lying by the GOP elite brings us all down.

Dan Rice

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