Rich Greer @clearthinker ?active 3 weeks ago
Rich Greer commented on the blog post Be the Poll — Should the merry gentlemen give it a rest? 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 weeks, 5 days 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? 1 month, 1 week 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? 1 month, 3 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 2 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 2 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 2 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? 2 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 3 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 [...]
Rich Greer commented on the blog post What do you think of the ‘Cedar Crossings’ concept for Cedar Rapids’ proposed casino? 3 months ago · View
Prior to my retirement I attending many business conventions in many locations. I know that a convention destination that has convenient access to a casino is particularly appealing. I envision this casino helping to bring a lot more convention business to Cedar Rapids. That is a very good thing.
Rich Greer commented on the blog post Scenes from the Cedar Rapids City Council – A ‘colloquy’ on trust and streets 3 months, 1 week ago · View
The concern I hear the most is that funds previously intended for street repair will be diverted to other projects ounce LOST revenue will be available for street repair.
That is the issue the council needs a colloquy about.
Rich Greer commented on the blog post Will the Racing and Gaming Commission view Cedar Rapids’ casino support as substantial? 3 months, 1 week ago · View
I don’t know what the gaming commission thinks and I cannot predict what they will do. I just know what they should do. They should approve a new casino in Cedar Rapids. Remember, there was only one person in the greater Cedar Rapids area that donated any money to the “no” campaign. The people of [...]
Sad to see that you respond to an article about Governor Branstad and jobs in Iowa with an inaccurate and misleading jab at President Obama. If you want to criticize the Obama administration, why don’t you do it with accurate, supportable and relevant facts? Perhaps we should compare the economic performance under President Obama with [...]
Over the course of my career I have seen a lot of effort go into minimizing corporate taxes both fairly and in ways that were not so fair (but legal). I agree that eliminating the corporate tax would be a good move. Of course, there would have to be an offsetting increase in individual taxes. [...]
When we moved to this area in 1998, the total sales tax was 5¢ per dollar and it seemed like the streets and roads were better then. Now we are at 7¢ and the streets and roads are in poorer condition. OTOH – maintenance of streets and roads should mainly come from gasoline tax. That [...]
Ya know – There are 2 political parties that have caucuses here in Iowa. All of the problems, leading to lack credibility and importance, appear to be on the Republican side. The Democratic side has selected the future party nominee ever since Harkin got out of the way. Sadly, Republican shenanigans bring harm the reputations [...]
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