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Letter to the editor: Acknowledging and combating local racism

By Audrey Keith Yes, racism happens in liberal Johnson County. On April 6, an employee of Coralville Petco used a racial slur against Chelsey Montgomery and then forced her to leave the store with the assistance of Coralville police officers. Chelsey’s live Facebook video about the incident later went viral. While Chelsey has received some […]

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Letter to the editor: The intricacies and effects of Iowa’s new voter ID law

The only good news in Iowa’s new voter ID law, House File 516, is that it doesn’t take effect right away. So if you’re reading up on this now, you have time to get ready. The problem, of course, is that at the last minute lots of people won’t be ready — which of course is entirely the point. […]

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Letters to the editor: Head-to-head on the ICCSD bond referendum

I wholeheartedly support the Iowa City Community School District bond referendum. Here is why:

1. Our kids need it. Johnson County keeps growing, and our schools haven’t kept up. We add over 300 students per year, the equivalent of one elementary school. Our kids deserve climate controls. They deserve rooms for art, music and PE. If nothing changes, 60 percent of our students will have class in a temporary classroom. And ADA accommodations are federal law! […]

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Letter to the editor: The sick and suffering deserve access to medical cannabis

I am writing in support of the use of cannabis for the sick and suffering people in the state of Iowa. I myself am in constant pain from being injured several times in car accidents. I also have childhood trauma, with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression. I know there are others that suffer far worse than me, and I am writing for them also. I feel like we have such a high cancer rate in this area from the ammunition plant in Middletown and the run off from farmers polluting our water. […]

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Mourning the loss of a mentor and friend in theatre professor Steven Marc Weiss

The human brain is fickle. Our memories are unreliable. For instance, I can’t remember the first time I heard David Bowie’s Young Americans, or watched Gene Wilder in Blazing Saddles, and I certainly can’t remember the first time I read Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? These works of art had profound effects upon my life and these men became my heroes, my icons. I can’t remember when or why I first met steven marc weiss, but I can remember bonding with him over a shared love of playwrights and a mutual disdain for capital letters in emails (proper nouns be damned) — and our sons were nearly the same age despite the decades difference between the two of us. […]

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Letter to the editor: Does Rapid Creek Cidery push the bounds of zoning?

The opening of the Rapid Creek Cidery at Wilson’s Orchard on Dingleberry Road has been noted in several media stories applauding the project. While I am agnostic about the new building itself, there is an aside to the cidery story that should concern all county citizens. The cidery offers unique amenities, but those came at a high price and I hope they remain one of a kind.

The item in the June 2015 agenda was simple: An application by Wilson’s Orchard for a conditional use permit for a retail orchard and winery. As defined in the Johnson County Code of Ordinances, a retail orchard is “land used for the growing and limited sale of trees, fruits, vegetables and the retail sale of assorted products not produced on site.” The ordinance defines a cidery as “a facility for the preparation, marketing and distribution of (cider). May include a tasting room or sales area.” Good for Wilson’s, I thought. Not thinking those definitions would be abused, I did not attend that meeting. […]

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Letter to the Editor: (Re)reading ‘1984’ in 2017

By Loren Glass and Kathrina Litchfield After Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway coined the phrase “alternative facts” in January, George Orwell’s 1984 shot to the top of the Amazon bestseller list and has remained a bestseller ever since. Apparently, bookstore clerks weren’t joking when they moved dystopian fiction to current events. Like the Ministry of Truth, […]

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Letter to the editor: Response to Hancher — ‘Cash is king’

I was picking up passengers at the Cedar Rapids airport. While I was waiting for their flight to land, I read a copy of your magazine, Little Village. On page six in Letters to the Editor, Steven Vosatka asked why Hancher Auditorium does not accept cash. [Aaron Hill, the Hancher food service supervisor,] offered this response: “Student employees did not have prior cash handling experience and some were struggling with the required training.” […]

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Letter: Joe Flynn responds to Democracy in Crisis column about brother, Michael Flynn

Ed. Note: Joe Flynn, the brother of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, wrote this letter in response to a Democracy in Crisis story “Flynn’s transformation from ‘Water Brother’ to hardliner” by Baynard Woods. Democracy in Crisis verified the identity of the author but chose not to edit the letter. Baynard: I hope this finds […]

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Letter: Workers’ comp legislation would shift cost of workplace injuries from businesses to taxpayers

By Saffin Parrish-Sams Business and insurance interests are trying to wipe out insurance benefits that cover every working Iowan. Workers’ compensation is a required employee benefit. It covers medical treatment, lost wages and compensation to workers injured on the job. At least that’s what it’s supposed to do. In reality, insurance companies often abuse the […]

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Letter to the editor: Cell phones threaten driving safety

By Jason B. Lassner Two recent events suggest that we Iowans are serious about addressing the scourge of cell phone use while driving: a 12-0 vote by the Iowa Senate Transportation committee in favor of making it a primary offense and Governor Branstad’s support for requiring the use of hands-free technology. I don’t believe that […]

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