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Letter to the editor: Cedar Rapids will miss Dr. Harris’ humanity, leadership

By Stacey Walker Every now and again it seems the universe bestows upon humanity one of those ethereal and affable personalities that end up changing the world for the better. Here in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, we had one of those personalities in Dr. Percy Harris. As far as heroes go, he was the exemplar. Born […]

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Letter to the Editor: Proposed voter ID measures cost money, time

By Cindy Altmaier Riley I love Iowa! Did you know that over 70 percent of Iowans registered to vote turned out in the recent election? As Iowans we should be proud of this; voting is part of who we are as a state. That said, I have to admit that the Iowa election process could […]

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Letter to the Editor: Love heals relationships with the spaces around us

By Damita Brown Between the mindsets of “we must,” “we should” and “we can’t” is the reality that we are. We find ourselves in 2017 with intensifying political polarization, violence and mean-spirited policy agendas that threaten to blaze a path of destruction across the globe. As I see it, this is our situation. We have […]

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Letter to the Editor: Trump’s distrustful reign

By Robert David The president-elect has trust issues. Big ones. (It is important to disclose I have trust issues too. I am convinced I know best. And it takes hard work to loosen those reins. That, or swallow a little prescription pill that fuzzes things up.) In our country, trust in institutions and in others […]

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Letter to the Editor: Wage increases lead to vibrant communities

by J. E. Ironside I have been an employee advocate for 20 plus years of my life — the first half as a manager of a drugstore, the latter half as a union organizer. I have seen many sides of how wages affect the working man and woman and their families. I’ve known folks who […]

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Letter to the editor: Crisis Center director says upcoming state, federal legislative decisions will impact Center clients

By Becci Reedus Our politicians and policymakers will face many important decisions in the coming months. Now more than ever, those leaders need to hear from all of us about the issues impacting our community. As executive director of The Crisis Center of Johnson County, one of my jobs is to educate our policymakers and […]

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Letter to the Future: Paris Agreement hangs in the balance

By Alastair Bland Scientists have warned for decades that greenhouse gas emissions have put the earth on track for calamitous storms, floods, droughts and rising oceans. Last year, before the Paris climate summit, writers, scientists and artists were invited to write “Letters to the Future” predicting what success or failure in combating climate change might […]

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Op-ed: If we will not be given space, we will carve it out of yours

Protesters block I-80 on Nov. 12 in Iowa City. photo by Zak Neumann

By Rose Fiala Everyone I know is Scared. Capital S. A kind of collective, shared fear that I hadn’t known until Election Night, the fear of an entire generation of queer, undocumented, Muslim, trans, disabled, poor and people of color (PoC) staring out at the next four to eight years. The fear of knowing that […]

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Op-ed: Building local progressive networks in the wake of Election Day 2016

By Damita Brown Some of us would like to pretend that business as usual will suffice — that the unfortunate outcomes of Tuesday’s election have no bearing on how we go about the unending progressive movement for inclusion, equity, peace and justice in this county. Others are quite clear that it is more important than […]

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