Rich Greer @clearthinker ?active 2 days, 5 hours ago
I have had both he good fortune and the bad fortune of living in several locations before settling in Cedar Rapids. We have lived in 7 locations in 5 states, including a few locations with very nice weather, (southern CA, northern CA and central FL). Weather is important but it is not the only thing [...]
Rich Greer commented on the blog post The Week — Doing the ‘Full County,’ but is it enough? 6 days, 23 hours ago · View
Better yet, stay home, do some in depth research and come up with really good solutions for the problems Iowa and the Iowa people face. I, personally, don’t care how many counties you have visited or how long it took. To me, it us a silly campaign stunt. Stunts don’t solve problems.
Rich Greer commented on the blog post After market studies, Cedar Crossing is on the ropes 1 week, 1 day ago · View
Is it time to think about another option? In Colorado they have many small stakes gambling establishments, many in small towns. They are small and friendly. I believe (not certain) that the maximum wager is $5. I know they offer low stakes slot machines. Many people driving to Riverside are small wage gamblers. I doubt [...]
I know this was written as a joke (with a meaning) but let me comment anyway. A person would choose to go without shoes or shirt. No one chooses to be gay or lesbian. It is like being left handed or black.. It is an inherent generic trait. In some situations it may be acceptable [...]
This really is a very good column and it reinforces my pride in Iowa. One might say that Iowa leads the rest of the country in common sense. It is refreshing to see that opposition to same sex marriage is fading away.
There are two distinct aspects of marriage. It is a religious bond that is often executed in a religious ceremony. It is also a legal bond that is recognized and sanctioned by the state. Most other countries do a better job of recognizing and distinguishing these 2 aspects of marriage. In many countries a couple [...]
Rich Greer commented on the blog post Be the Poll — Should the merry gentlemen give it a rest? 3 months, 3 weeks ago · View
Soon, I will start buying most of our groceries at Target instead of Hy-Vee. Why? No Salvation Army bell ringers at Target.
For those that do not know- the Salvation Army is strongly anti-gay in their programs and company policies. I can’t support that.
Rich Greer commented on the blog post Should ‘telemed’ abortions be allowed to continue in Iowa? 3 months, 3 weeks ago · View
The telemed procedure has proven to be effective and safe. As long as abortion is legal, the regulators should not get involved in determining how the procedure is done as long as it is proven safe. I’d like to hear someone explain why we should ban this procedure for a reason other than reducing the [...]
I’ve driven through many roundabouts in Europe. I think they are great at high traffic intersections and especially when more than just 2 streets intersect. In this area I’m most familiar with the new roundabout on Alburnett road. There is not even close to enough traffic there to justify a roundabout. I’m sure it was [...]
Rich Greer commented on the blog post Should a University of Iowa teaching assistant who unintentionally emailed nude photos to students be disciplined by UI officials? 4 months, 2 weeks ago · View
If it was an innocent mistake, it was an innocent mistake. Let’s move on.
Of course, there should be some confidence that it really was an innocent mistake.
Grassley is 80 years old. He has already said he will run for reelection in 2016. If he is reelected he will be 89 by the end of his term. Come on folks! There is no way an 89 year old can adequately serve Iowa in the senate. He is already showing signs of senility.
There are only 18 Senators who failed to come to their senses and vote to end the shutdown and raise the debt limit. One of those 18 was our own Charles Grassley. I hope people remember this next fall.
Rich Greer commented on the blog post Should Cedar Rapids’ ‘preferred’ flood protection plan be reviewed? 4 months, 4 weeks ago · View
The best possible flood control plan is to not build in a flood plane. Move to higher ground.
Don’t build on the river front and expect other people, via taxes or whatever, to pay for your protection.
Rich Greer commented on the blog post New Pioneer establishes its northern outpost in Cedar Rapids 5 months ago · View
We’re big New Pioneer fans and we are delighted to see one come to Cedar Rapids. It seems like the store on Center Point will be much bigger than the crowded store in Iowa City. Can’t wait.
Rich Greer commented on the blog post Popular Science Declares its Independence from Commentistan 5 months, 1 week ago · View
The rules of engagement for participating here are good. It’s my observation that they not strictly enforced. I would advocate strict enforcement of the rules of engagement before doing going to the silent auction. You can always go the e-mail route later if stricter enforcement does not work.
Rich Greer commented on the blog post Barking, drinking and exploring the latest Linn County drama 5 months, 1 week ago · View
Suddenly, I find myself thinking of a Shakespearean play, “Much ado about nothing”.
Rich Greer commented on the blog post How well do you understand the Affordable Care Act? 5 months, 1 week ago · View
I think I have a pretty good understanding of it but it is easy to see how many people would be confused. There are many politicians and commentators who dislike the ACA and they do not hesitate to tell lies about it. I think about our current health care system as a fence with several [...]
I’ll never forget leaving my office and walking into the cubicle area outside my office. A lady commented that it was time to “get all those ragheads out of the country”. How pathetic and how sad! We knew virtually nothing about who had attacked us and, yet, she was ready to universally blame a large [...]
Rich Greer commented on the blog post Beneath those good looks and friendly amenities, Cedar Crossing will run on gambling 6 months ago · View
Okay – I confess. I like to gamble. I don’t do it very much and I limit the size of my bets to keep any losses manageable. Yet, I like to gamble and I look forward to gambling at Cedar Crossings. I join the chorus that calls for some smoke free gambling. My favorite game [...]
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