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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: Halloween at NBC

“Megyn Kelly will not return to NBC’s ‘Today’ show following blackface controversy.” Let’s just hope she isn’t banished to a S__H__ country. I was not a fan, actually never saw her show, but carefully watched the offending segment just this minute, streaming from YouTube. I think the headline came out of a box, selected by a robot, or worse, by a PR hack. […]

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Letter to the editor: Help us fight for a carbon tax

Today, Canada announced that, starting in January 2019, they will adopt a national price on carbon, with revenue from the fee returned directly to Canadians. This is wonderful news. The fact that Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada has been working with Parliament for the past eight years, urging them to implement such a policy, played no small part in making this happen. […]

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Letter to the editor: For the sake of schools and civility, vote Jodi Clemens

This November, voters in eastern Johnson County and Cedar County who care about Iowa’s proud tradition of strong public education have a clear candidate to support by voting for Democrat Jodi Clemens for Iowa House District 73. The Republican legislature has boasted about increasing education funding without telling the whole truth that… […]

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Letter to the editor: Iowa needs to stop incentivizing human trafficking

Human trafficking currently occurs in Iowa. Commercial exploitation is present in the incentivizing of the state removal of children from their biological parents, and in the manufacturing, agriculture and food service industries. Sex trafficking is going on right now in Iowa. I intend to focus on stopping the demand. […]

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Letter to the editor: The Catholic Church must wrestle with the demon of pedophilia

Americans in the Trump age are accustomed to atrocities flashing across editorial space and vanishing into the next outrage, but there are exceptions in longevity. Critics and accusers of the Catholic Church, while it remains a viable institution, must wrestle with the demon of pedophilia. Cardinal Wuerl, archbishop of D.C., recently resigned from some of his exalted church offices, facing grand jury findings that he presided over cover-ups for pedophilic priests. […]

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Letter to the editor: Protecting the environment and the economy is not a zero-sum game

Florida’s global warming climate-catastrophe hurricane dominates the news, momentarily eclipsing even the presumptive leader who calls this situation a hoax. Too many liars have access to public attention, voicing the dangerous and defeatist idea that there is a “cost” to defending the earth’s […]

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Letter to the editor: Why the Secretary of State race is important to Iowans with disabilities

It might not seem like the most exciting race, but for Johnson County voters, I’m going to say Secretary of State is the most important contest on the ballot. Democratic candidate Deidre DeJear has called the position she’s running for the “gatekeeper”: The Iowa Secretary of State supervises elections — a big deal in these days of hacking, voter purges and court battles over poll ID laws. Just last year, actually, DeJear’s… […]

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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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Letter to the editor: How Carbon Fee and Dividend will help stop climate change

Climate change is real, it’s bad and it is quickly getting worse. The Midwest and the southern U.S. will be especially hard hit. There will be more severe weather patterns including drought and flooding, more deaths due to extreme heat and significant economic damage with lower GDP. […]

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