To the Editor:

Branstad discloses more secret settlements in 12 different state agencies on his return from vacation. The number of secret settlements we know about have mushroomed from 6 to at least 24 and the Governor continues to cover-up the reasons that underlie the need to pay hush money to silence fired employees. Apparently, the Governor is so fearful that the truth about why these state workers were fired would be too damaging to him and his administration to admit. He should keep in mind that that cover-ups are usually much more damaging than the original scandal.

Rick Smith,