Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | AUGUST 23, 2011 7:20 AM

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Some information on Perry

Having lived in Texas for a decade, I thought your readers should know a little more about Gov. Rick Perry now that he’s a candidate for president of the U.S.

Perry talks about the Texas economic miracle and touts the state’s high level of job growth as proof that his business-friendly policies are successful. While it’s true that Texas is creating jobs faster than most other states, you should also know that Texas has the highest percentage of minimum- and low-wage jobs in the country.

Perry boasts of low taxes and no state income tax but fails to mention that Texas spends less per student on education than almost any other state, ranks 43rd in high-school graduation rates, 45th in SAT scores, and 50th in percentage of population with a high-school diploma.

Our governor flirted with seceding from the U.S. over the health-care reform bill and now wants to be president of it. You should also know that Texas has the highest percentage of residents without health insurance and ranks fifth from the bottom for children living in poverty.

Think carefully about Perry’s record and whether he’s the kind of leader this nation needs.

J.C. Dufresne
Cibolo, Texas

Cambus drivers out to get me

Are Cambus drivers exempt from the traffic laws? It would appear so. Twice in the past six months, I have had to jump back off a pedestrian crosswalk to avoid being hit by a Cambus driver who does not believe in stopping at a crosswalk. The latest incident was at 10 a.m. Monday at the northern library crosswalk. Driver of Cambus No. 71 went right through crosswalk at high speed. Maybe his shift was over, and he needed to get to class — or are they just after me?

John Conybeare
Iowa City resident

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