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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | DECEMBER 15, 2011 7:20 AM

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Live in rural Iowa, then criticize Bloom

To Daily Iowan Editor Adam B Sullivan in regard to his column"Real observations from 20 years of Iowa life" on Dec. 13:

The idea that you think visiting the family farm is being in touch with "rural Iowans" is laughable, but more importantly destructive to University of Iowa Professor Steve Bloom. You spout half-baked ideas of an indulgent 20-year-old. Contrary to your assertion, Iowa City is not Iowa and an occasional visit to Preston is not understanding Iowa.

I would note that most males in rural United States (much less Iowa) don't trust a man without a penknife.

I'd suggest you visit a high-school graduation party — they are easy to find — and just look for the pickups, the open garage doors, and the smell of cheesy potatoes, if you think rural cuisine is edible.

And if you think guns and religion aren't just about number one in the "Country" (yes that is Country with a capital C, and yes you want to draw out the "ooouunn"), just stop by Preston during deer shotgun season No. 1 or 2. Remember to wear your orange vest and Elmer Fudd hat.

I'd give you about six weeks in rural Iowa before you were either asked to leave or you fled.

John Stone
Hopkinton resident

The case for Jon Huntsman

As the Daily Iowan readership is well aware, the Iowa caucuses are fast-approaching in what will undoubtedly be the most critical election season in recent history.

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman has proven himself to be the only candidate in the field with the experience and ideas needed to move America out of its present precarious position and toward a brighter future.

As governor of Utah, he governed in such bipartisan fashion that he consistently maintained an approval rating of 80 percent. When President Obama called upon the termed-out governor to serve as his ambassador to China, Huntsman put country above party and proved highly successful in confronting the sensitive issues of currency manipulation and human rights, which are so critical to the most important bilateral relationship America has.

The world is looking at Iowa to see if the great American experiment is still alive and well, or if the once-mighty beacon of hope and opportunity is breathing its last gasp as a world power, and Huntsman is clearly the best man for the job based on his great deal of experience and commonsensical ideas.

Shahab Moghadam
Saratoga, Calif.


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