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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | MAY 14, 2014 5:00 AM

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Vote for Lyness and experience

The outcome of the upcoming primary for county attorney could totally change the way our justice system works in this county. John Zimmerman says he will no longer prosecute possession of marijuana or public-intoxication charges. If Zimmerman wants the law changed, he should run for a state office that has the power to change those laws. Our present county attorney, Janet Lyness, is trying very hard to give individuals an opportunity to avoid long-lasting repercussions from charges of this nature, but she is also following the laws of the state, which is something she took an oath to do when she took office. County attorneys are given a certain amount of discretion regarding what charges they can file and to what degree they will pursue them. Good discretion in these areas can only come from years of experience, something Lyness has and Zimmerman doesn’t. It is unbelievable but true that Zimmerman is running for county attorney having never practiced as an attorney. 

Please get out and vote in the primary election on June 3, and think about whom you are voting for: a person who has spent more than 24 years practicing law and eight years running a County Attorney’s Office, or someone with no experience who is promising not to enforce the laws of Iowa.     

Mary Nehring
Vote for Rettig

I urge you to strongly consider supporting Janelle Rettig for re-election as Johnson County supervisor in the June 3 primary. No one is a more conscientious public servant than Janelle, who goes the extra mile to be inclusive, honest, and wise as she strives to make the best decisions for Johnson County as a whole. She is both a listener and an activist for all of her constituents. She is personable, intelligent, open, and inclusive to a rare degree for any person with public influence and decision-making power. Her ways of being, and of conducting business, are enviable.

Janelle has my vote for Johnson County supervisor, hands down. She represents my causes (trails, recreation, the environment, strong fiscal management, and commitment to human services), and she represents all of our people of Johnson County. I hope you will join me in voting for Janelle Rettig on or before June 3.

Faye Thompson

I support Janelle Rettig for Johnson County Supervisor in the June 3 primary. Janelle is compassionate, smart, and principled. And she listens. It is a combination that makes for a very effective county supervisor. And what a great track record — whether the issues are human services, the environment or the budget, you can count on Janelle to do her homework and make thoroughly considered decisions. I hope you will join me in voting to keep her voice on the Board of Supervisors.

Jody Hovland


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