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Letter to the Editor: Balance schools, minimize barriers to education

By Mary Kate Pilcher Hayek, Iowa City The [Iowa City Community School District] school board special election on July 19 offers the community a unique opportunity to take important steps forward. For members of the community who participated in the development of the Facilities Master Plan (FMP), we are anxious to see improvements to schools […]

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Letter to the Editor: Obama’s vision for a nuclear free world

Iowa City

By Brittany Kimzey, Intern at Global Zero These days, it feels like we’re constantly bombarded with tragic news, terrorism, toxic waste spills, cyber attacks — you name it. As a millennial, these sort of events are all I really know of the world, thanks to the internet. But as I scroll between depressing headlines on […]

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Letter to the Editor: Support Kurt Friese and Jason Lewis for County Supervisor

Iowa City

By Tom Carsner In the June 7 County Supervisor primary I am voting for Kurt Friese and Jason Lewis. They are the only candidates for County Supervisor who have made the commitment to stop urban sprawl by shrinking or eliminating residential development in the North Corridor Development Area. Next year, the county Land Use Plan […]

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Letter to the Editor: Breaking down Harreld’s skewed perception of hate speech

The Daily Iowan recently interviewed Bruce Harreld and posed a question about hate speech. Harreld replied that the university would not be looking to take any policy stances about hate speech, even saying that “sometimes hate speech for one person is love speech for somebody else.” He went on to conflate hate speech with the […]

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Letter to the editor: Uber has been welcome in Iowa City for over a year

Iowa City

By Joseph W. Laskowski, Iowa City In February, 2015, the Iowa City Council passed an ordinance that identified Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), like Uber, and allowed them to enter the local market. UBER chose at that time to not operate here because they considered our safety regulations arcane and cumbersome. In the meantime, Uber has […]

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Letter to the Editor: Remembering The Book Shop

Iowa City

Upon arriving in Iowa City a year ago with my own library still boxed and in a distant part of the country, I ventured in search of not only a book, but also a place like my favorite booksellers of New Orleans. I thought this would be an easy task in a UNESCO City of Literature. However, the choices were few. I was not expecting to find what I sought in a little place called The Book Shop. But at the sight of its narrow passages, densely packed shelves and stacks of books, I knew the Muses were smiling upon me. I was home. […]

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Letter to the Editor: In election, consider Core Question, not Core Four

My three-year-old daughter has a favorite phrase. Ask her to put on her shoes or pick up her toys, odds are her response will be “It’s not necessary.” I am borrowing her phrase. It applies to rhetoric employed by some city council candidates and their supporters. […]

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Letter to the Editor: For sustainability, vote three Ts and a Rock

Iowa City

Change can be easy if we start small. If you believe in recycling; reusing; reducing; then you will want to vote this November 3. The positive impact of your vote could be one of the biggest turning points for a beautiful, sustainable Iowa City. There are four CORE candidates whose visions will turn Iowa City’s […]

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Letter to the Editor: Local businesses support Conroy, Dobyns, McDonough and Payne in Nov. 3 City Council election

By Catherine Champion Downtown Iowa City is a thriving success story worth celebrating. As proud local business owners and operators, we have contributed to the growth the downtown has seen over the past five years through a modern-day partnership between business owners, landlords, city government and the University of Iowa. We are self-taxed to create […]

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Letter to the Editor: The gang of four strikes back

City Hall

By Mary Gravitt What first interested me in City Council was the Chauncey and an article published in Little Village magazine, Feb.-March 2013: “Your Town Now: The city council’s Chauncey decision is remarkably opaque” By Zach Tilly and Skaaren Cosse. Chauncey is still causing contention within the City chamber. Tilly-Cosse: To decide between the three […]

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Letter to the Editor: A modest proposal for the University of Iowa

Iowa City

By Paul Durrenberger I read the Little Village as I waited for my Chinese food to come and learned that nobody at the University of Iowa likes the new president the Regents have selected for them. He’s a businessman. He can’t even get his CV straight. What kind of example is that for a faculty […]

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