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Connecting the dots of poor judgement

July 17, 2013
Richard Schrad, Marshalltown , Times-Republican

A number of months ago, credible evidence of bullying and other serious charges against the Iowa Veterans Home commandant were brought into the public spotlight. Veterans were, and still are, being negatively impacted by this man. In light of this, common sense and common practice dictated that Governor Branstad put the commandant on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an independent investigation. When he refused, legislators and newspapers called for the same action. Feeling pushed, Governor Branstad stubbornly refused again and politicized it instead. By doing so, he sacrificed his claim to being an anti-bullying governor. He also sacrificed the best interests of the veterans in Marshalltown.

More recently, when "caught" in his chauffeured vehicle going a "hard 90", he claimed he was not aware, he's not a backseat driver, etc., etc. Really!?!? Then, information emerged that this happened frequently. Shouldn't the governor respect Iowa's traffic laws as well as the common sense and intelligence of Iowans?

In both situations, are these indications of ego and self-interest over public interest, service and responsibility? Arrogance is not acceptable; neglecting veterans is not acceptable; and assuming Iowans will swallow anything is a mistake. Perhaps another term would also be a mistake!

 
 

 

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