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Traffic moves along West Broadway near 27th Street as renovations continued in 2018.

Questions about West Broadway

Recently some concerns about the next reconstruction phase of West Broadway has surfaced some conversation stimulating more conversations. For example, the closing of the 26th street crossing.

A couple decades ago, when I served on the City Council, the city gave some economic concessions to the now vacant No Frills at 18th and West Broadway in the form of turn lane and traffic lights. Which also assisted in other developments in this areas access to their properties.

So now the big questions/concern is this will not help the redevelopment of the store should this crossing be closed to turning.

Now I read that the city had to use eminent domain at 25th Street to place a permanent bus stop structure on the owner’s property.

What is troubling to me and others is as I understand it Council Bluffs has a poverty rate of an estimate 14.8 percent — according to 2017 U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey data — which could be as many as 9,000 people or more. Yet the city wants to put flowers and etc. in the middle of Broadway.

Therefore, you have to ask just who are the Council members are representing. At one time the city wanted the public’s help with the local sales tax, the new police station and will need their vote again when the gaming act, comes up again. Now our leadership seems to reverse the roles and has deaf ears.

Sam Irwin, Council Bluffs


 

Border wall would be ineffective

Extolling the virtues of a border wall that lacks significant empirical evidence of both efficiency and effectiveness at deterring immigrants fleeing poverty and violence from Central American countries would only be another attempt by the president to pass off bogus reasons as legitimate rationales.

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I certainly support investment in measures with proven worth. Imagine the impressive return on nearly $6 billion dollars spent increasing and improving surveillance technology and in greatly expanding both the number and the training of border agents. In comparison, money spent on constructing a much longer and higher border wall is just a stupid waste of tax revenue. Who doesn’t understand that? Certainly not the large majority of American citizens.

Surely not any fiscally responsible Republican member of Congress. And definitely not the government of Mexico.

Had a greatly expanded wall genuine merit, the Mexican government would not hesitate to share in the cost of its construction. It would be mutually advantageous of Mexico to do so, since it is certainly as interested as is the U.S. in deterring the migration of destitute and desperate citizens from countries like Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. Better yet would be a joint investment by the Mexican and American governments in improving the economic opportunities for citizens of Central American countries.

Stable, gainful employment would gradually reduce the gang warfare that engenders so much violence against innocent people that they feel compelled to flee for the lives.

Steven Pokorny, Urbandale

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