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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | SEPTEMBER 09, 2013 5:00 AM

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Troubling pattern in Branstad’s administration

A troubling pattern is emerging with the high-level managers that run Gov. Terry Branstad’s state government. We have a Human Services director who was unaware of isolation policies at the Iowa Juvenile Home, a Veterans Home commandant that bullies staff and residents, and an economic-development director who received enormous bonuses and took a private tour of an Italian convent while on “official business” in Europe.

Two recent developments are even more troubling. First, the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy assistant director made highly inappropriate sexual remarks to coworkers and to female cadets in a sexual-abuse investigation class. The only consequences he received were a warning and his duties as the Academy’s Violence Against Women Act coordinator were taken away. However, his pay was left unchanged.

Now we have learned of the sudden resignation of Department of Public Safety Commissioner Brian London just weeks after he fired the agent who blew the whistle on the sovernor’s speeding scandal. One can only wonder what the real story is behind his firing, I mean resignation.

I think the governor has failed to honor his campaign pledge of a transparent and scandal-free government.

Danny Homan, president
AFSCME Iowa Council 61

Vote for Lewis

On Sept. 10, I will vote for Jason Lewis.

The Iowa City School Board will face many challenges requiring thoughtful, sophisticated, and holistic thinking. Vision and courage will be needed, because none of the solutions will be without discontent.  In preparing to vote, I have been asking: “Whom do I trust, not on an issue, but with our educational mission?”

I trust Jason Lewis to be an effective board member — doing the work and valuing action. Jason has been an effective PTO president and community advocate by dispelling negative perceptions, building partnerships, and influencing policy.

I trust him to drive improved communications. A skilled communicator with marketing and advertising background, Jason has a vision to transform the district’s communication capabilities.

I trust him to call us up to focus on our education mission and avoid needless division, controversy, and distraction. On a daily basis, Jason helps medical students suspend the tyranny of the urgent, put their training in context, and learn about the significant connections they have with world.

I trust him to be an advocate for educational excellence accessible to all of our children. Jason says that education saved his life, lifting him out of poverty. Jason wants all of our kids to have that same chance.

I trust that he understands and values the relationship between our schools and our neighborhoods. 

Jason has tirelessly advocated for balanced investments across our diverse facilities and has been endorsed by City Councilor and Professor Emeritus of urban planning Jim Throgmorton.

I encourage you to vote for Jason Lewis.

Jason Hagedorn


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