Readers Respond

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Letters to the Pilot

Remembering Ron Brown

To the editor:

I read the article Dana Larsen composed for your July 17th edition, "His Forte: Smiles." It was a great piece, one that truly touched my heart. I watched the Iowa Rock 'n' Roll induction concert and couldn't have been more amazed at the talent of Ron Brown and his re-united band. The Fortes' rocked that night and in my mind, their opening song, "An American Band" will never again have the same awesome sound as it did that stormy summer night at Arnold's Park. Ron Brown was my uncle and I, along with many others, will miss him dearly. Thanks so much for the great tribute. A fitting piece on a man that loved to rock 'n' roll just as much as he loved life.

- Megan Ringenberg, Omaha

A wall of 'idiocy'

To the editor:

I read the front page of the Des Moines Register Friday, July 21 and there is a picture of US Rep. Steve King with a sample concrete wall of concrete and wire he designed for the USA and Mexican border. I hope this is a joke.

Mr. Steve King is elected to represent all the people of the USA. In case he has not noticed, their are people from all over the world. Not just white, like the little town he grew up in. I grew up praying and wishing for the Berlin Wall to come down. Then our President, Mr. Ronald Reagan, said, to Mr. [Gorbachev] of Russia, Let's take the wall down. It's about time don't you think?" The world rejoiced as the Berlin Wall came down.

Now we have full blown stupidity in the USA as some idiots plan to put up a wall between the USA and Mexico. There are better places to spend a few billion dollars. Like raises in Social Security for the old people.

People come here from all over the world because, we have the best place, one country under God, indivisible with rights and liberty for all, and they will continue to come to the USA. All the Hispanic people should keep track of the idiots in office who want the wall put up and remember to vote against them in all future elections. I think that can swing an election.

- Clara Stanley, Storm Lake