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Letters to the editor: New Iowa and U.S. gun policies threaten public safety

The 2017 legislative session brought sweeping changes with the passage of what some have called the most comprehensive pro-gun bill in Iowa’s history. Although a number of these changes are concerning to public safety proponents, two fundamental pieces of regulation have been retained under the gun omnibus bill—background checks and permit to carry. These measures are critical to saving lives—data show that states that require background checks on all handgun sales have 47 percent fewer women shot to death by intimate partners, 47 percent fewer suicides by gun and 53 percent fewer law enforcement officers shot and killed in the line of duty. Similarly, research shows that states that weaken their permit systems and limit the ability of law enforcement to deny permits to dangerous individuals see a 13-15 percent increase in violent crime. In short, these two policies are a critical part of maintaining public safety and reducing gun violence. […]

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Letter to the editor: I’m sick of talking about ‘13 Reasons Why’

After Netflix released ’13 Reasons Why,’ the show instantly produced record internet buzz — over 11 million Twitter mentions in the first month after its release. Increasing the visibility of suicide is important and, when done correctly, makes a difference. The show, with its millions of viewers, had potential to bring suicide prevention into public consciousness, bringing about positive change. Instead, the show produced a negative effect. […]

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Letter to the editor: Corn kernels in hand, Johnson County Fair-goers expressed concerns about a livable future

The midway is cleared and still. The ice cream is gone. The barns and buildings are closed. It was another great year for the Johnson County Fair. And so it was for the ever popular annual Corn Poll of the People’s Coalition (Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility, 100Grannies for a Livable Future, Veterans For Peace and PEACE Iowa) in Building B. This year’s fairgoers were questioned about their concerns for a livable future. […]

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Letter to the editor: Encourage local voting at Community Rocks! Rally

If you follow voting numbers, you’ll see that people come out in the largest numbers for presidential elections.

The next largest group of voters come out every couple years for state elections, and the smallest group of voters come out for local elections.

If you follow progress of any community, you’ll find that the higher the percentage of eligible voters traveling to the polls to assert their opinion, the more reflective the elected leaders are of the community they serve. […]

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Op-Ed: Hawkeyes lineman’s toughest opponent is depression

By Sean Welsh My name is Sean Welsh and I’m an offensive lineman for the Iowa Hawkeyes. On Saturdays in the fall I live life in the trenches at Kinnick Stadium and other venues across the Big Ten. Each week, in front of 70,000 or more cheering football fans, I have the privilege of wearing […]

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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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