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Letter to the editor: Something smells in District 65

By Chad Cooper, Cedar Rapids “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” –Samuel Johnson Grant me the liberty to rework Sammy’s famous line: Politics is the last tent for a huckster. That’s better for my purposes. Representative Liz Bennett faces a primary contest from Harry Foster in House District 65 on June 2. Being […]

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Letter to the editor: The progressive predicament

By Chad Cooper, Cedar Rapids Joe Biden will be the Democratic Party nominee for president. This is now as clear as it’s been since the first candidates started pandering to Iowans on hay bales in town halls more than a year ago. As Biden has surged — and racked up states, delegates and endorsements in […]

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Letter to the editor: Aaron Calvin, the Des Moines Register and the vapidity of viral

The Columbia Journalism Review published a piece by former Des Moines Register reporter Aaron Calvin. Yes, that Aaron Calvin — the reporter who wrote the now-infamous profile of Iowa State/Venmo/Busch Light/Iowa Children’s Hospital celebrity Carson King; a profile that called attention to racist posts tweeted by King when he was in high school. […]

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Letter to the editor: Jorel Robinson has the potential to represent the best ideals of civil service on the Cedar Rapids City Council

Telling someone how to vote is risky business. Is there any way to do it without sounding sanctimonious, contrived, arrogant? The best method is likely to explain why someone should consider voting for a particular issue or candidate. With that approach in hand, I’ll give it a shot. I consider it a civic duty to publicly endorse […]

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Letter to the editor: The blame game continues after the death of GO Cedar Rapids

By Chad Cooper, Cedar Rapids If you’re sick and tired of reading about GO Cedar Rapids and newbo evolve, I’ll take no offense if you opt for a hard pass on this letter. This is now the fifth (!) piece I’ve written about this festival turned flatulent flagrancy, and these writings have been much more […]

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Letter to the editor: Cedar Rapids, we can do better than GO Cedar Rapids and newbo evolve

I publicly voiced early reservations with newbo evolve, the city’s festival turned flop. It featured mundane pop acts. It lost $2.3 million. Vendors are still owed $800,000. Executives were fired. Board members pointed fingers. And the banally named GO Cedar Rapids ceased operations on Monday, Oct. 15. How did this all go so wrong? […]

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