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Letter to the editor: The Iowa City Council is halting valuable housing projects because they don’t like tall buildings

The Core 4 of the Iowa City Council have indicated a potentially major shift for the future of development in Riverfront Crossings. There are processes and regulations in place to guide P&Z and the council when considering height bonuses. These are, and should be, totally separate from the rezoning process. While it was appropriate for the council to communicate concerns about height to the developer at this stage, there was no reason to not move forward with the rezoning.
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Letter to the editor: Iowa must flip flippable districts

It is appalling and shameful that the Iowa legislature and Governor Reynolds just passed the largest tax cut in state history, over $2.1 billion over the next six fiscal years. This huge tax cut will disallow adequate funding for education, health care, environmental protection and many other essential programs. It is a giveaway to wealthy individuals and large corporations and will provide minimal benefits and raise property taxes for working families, seniors and small businesses. […]

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Letter to the editor: Zach Wahls will lead Iowa out of ‘dark times’

Our family has worked closely with Zach and his family over the last several months. One of the greatest joys of this campaign has been getting to know Zach, the women who raised him and his sister. It’s easy to see where Zach gets his compassion, his work ethic and his strong moral compass. Zach is remarkable because he was raised by remarkable women. […]

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Letter to the editor: Mike Carberry puts policy over platitudes

I’m supporting Mike because he is the only candidate who supports the new County Land Use Map that promotes growth around cities and discourages the rezoning of agricultural land for residential subdivisions in rural areas where no infrastructure exists. He is committed to protecting farmland from development in the North Corridor. […]

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Letter to the editor: Mike Carberry will continue to move Johnson County forward

By Tom Carsner Mike Carberry made an immediate difference when he was elected to the Johnson County Board of Supervisors in 2014. His vote was decisive in passing a minimum wage ordinance, the Community ID and stopping urban sprawl in the North Corridor and preserving farm land. Mike has continued to make a difference by […]

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Letter to the editor: Cathy Glasson ‘gets it’

Cathy Glasson is the woman to lead Iowa into the next decade. Her bold, unapologetic stances are, to put it frankly, necessary. We are far past the time of nuance when talking about health care, equal rights and strong laws for workers. It is far past time to adopt bold policies in these areas which have been under direct assault for a long time. The way we fight back is to present a clear bold choice to Iowans. Iowans have been taken advantage of for decades by the establishment. It is time to take our state back. […]

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Letter to the editor: I support Mike Carberry for Johnson County supervisor

By Jim Jacobson, Iowa City I’m supporting Mike Carberry for Johnson County supervisor. He has a record that clearly demonstrates he cares about the working people of Johnson County. He is not one of those politicians who’s all about glad-handing with developers, bankers and other “haves.” He understands the struggles regular people face. He gets […]

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Letter to the editor: Johnson County needs Mike Carberry

I’ve known Mike Carberry for 15 years, since our days working together on the Howard Dean campaign, and now I’ve worked with him on the Board of Supervisors for a year and a half. I know him to be a passionate environmentalist, a studious worker and a caring person. Mike is a real fighter. He fights for social justice, for economic justice, for racial justice and for environmental justice. […]

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Letter to the editor: Zach Wahls just knocked on my door

A very personable, articulate and intelligent young man just knocked on my door. Zach Wahls is closing in on his 2,000th door! The admirable man he has become was evident as an eighth grader in my English class. He impressed me tremendously even then. After researching the Underground Railroad and Harriet Tubman, he was incredulous that there was no monument to her in Washington. He said one day he would change that. I have no doubt he will. […]

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Letter to the editor: Always earnest, Zach Wahls works hard for Iowa

Today it may be easy to meet Zach Wahls and think, “Here is another tall, well-spoken, male politician.” But when I met Zach at Weber Elementary, he was the scrawny kid who was much too earnest to be cool. While some aim to appear effortless, Zach is always trying hard — and as a friend, it can be maddening to keep up. […]

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Letter to the editor: An endorsement from Zach Wahls’ seventh-grade teacher

With Zach’s passionate interest in community affairs, his educational background and his ability to connect with all groups and listen to community concerns, I see Zach as the strongest candidate to represent us in the state legislature. I think its essential for us as a community to give all the supports we can for this young passionate voice that will be our senator in Des Moines. […]

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Letter to the editor: Because of Zach Wahls, my son became the first openly gay Eagle Scout

I got to work alongside Zach in the thick of the campaign to overturn the Boy Scouts’ ban on gays. Zach is a remarkable young man: smart, articulate, someone who listens deeply and cares about improving the quality of life for everyone. He has a rare ability to find a path forward amongst parties who disagree. […]

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