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BY DI READERS | JUNE 11, 2013 5:00 AM

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Re: Tilly: It’s time for anger

We say that the government that is doing this data collection. But the government has been captured by corporations. This is the military-industrial complex that Eisenhower warned us about. Now they are the biggest kid on the block. They now have complete maps of our social networks, purchases, opinions — virtually everything. They want to play God and have dominion over us. This is the arrogance of power, writ large.

John Tinker

Latino for a day

I would like to ask your readers to consider themselves as Latinos for just one day on Saturday.

Unfortunately, Iowa is developing a national image problem by being home to one of the most vociferous and visible anti-immigrant politicians in the nation. And last week, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, did it again.

He set the image of Iowa as an anti-Latino state by proposing and passing an amendment to a bill in the U.S. House. The amendment was so horrible that, according to the House Hispanic Caucus, it treats “DREAMers and undocumented spouses of service members in the same way as violent criminals.”

“Dreamers” is a term used to define adults who were brought to the United States as children by their parents but do not have immigration papers. Many have graduated from Iowa high schools and have even attended Iowa colleges. But King’s amendment would actually place these individuals on the same priority level for deportation as criminals.

I can still remember how upset I felt at King when I discovered in 2009 that he worked to kill the opportunity for overseas nationality spouses of US soldiers KILLED IN ACTION to come to the United States as permanent residents. To me, it seemed the ultimate slap in the face for someone who had made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. This is a second, unpatriotic slap from a person who has neither felt the sting of battle nor volunteered for service.

Iowans need to let America know that we welcome Latinos in Iowa.  We do not need Iowa known as the state that hid the welcome mat.

Bob Krause
Krause for Iowa Exploratory Committee for Governor

RE: UI continues to rebuild after 2008 flood

Corp. Quit begging FEMA for money!

Brian Schwartz

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