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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | SEPTEMBER 17, 2012 6:30 AM

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Voter fraud miniscule In the 2008 presidential election, roughly 1.5 million Iowans showed up to vote. These “1,200 ineligible voters” would have accounted for approximately eight-ten thousandths of the total voter turnout in the state (less than one-tenth of 1 percent). Even if all of these noncitizens voted for Obama (isn’t that what you’re afraid of?), he would have won Iowa with an extra five-hundredths of a percent. Could the election be this close? It’s possible. In reality? Probably not. It seems to me that, as you being a senator, there should be many other things on your plate that have a much higher priority than this issue. Such as, oh I don’t know: creating jobs; making sure the debt ceiling isn’t surpassed (again); and balancing the nation’s budget. Just to name a few.

“Solving” the (extremely) miniscule amount of voter fraud: common sense, or an intimidation tactic against the minority communities? You tell me, senator.

Brian Iwaniuk
Iowa City resident

Go deeper when reporting Lemme get this straight. Steve Forbes told kids they’re going to have to hustle? We’re talking about Malcolm Forbes’ kid, right? Malcolm Forbes, that Princeton boy who inherited a financial publishing outfit from his old man and built it up into a minor publishing empire? And then handed the whole thing to his twerpy rich-kid son Steve, himself a Princeton alumni admit and Far Hills Country Day School boy? The same Far Hills that runs about $30,000 for eighth grade these days?

That Steve Forbes told a roomful of broke state-college students that they’re going to have to hustle? What the hell does Steve Forbes know about hustling? Well, quite a bit, I guess, if a guy like that can get broke state-college students to stand up and cheer for him while he talks around a whole set of silverware, bringin’ the news that times be hard and the whip be a-crackin’.

Unbelievable. Word to reporter: You need to go deeper than the press release when you’re covering speakers.

Amy Charles


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