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Letter to the editor: Mayors to state legislators: Our communities depend on the $3.4 million in backfill payments

Passing the budgetary problem to local governments may be an easy way out for our state’s elected leaders. But make no mistake. Such action will hit close to home, not just in our three cities but in cities, counties and schools of all sizes throughout the entire state. […]

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Letter to the editor: An open invitation from Students Against School Shootings

That’s why I march. I’m not the only one; hundreds of thousands of students across the U.S. walked out on March 14, united under the same message: not one more. It might seem like we’ve already done a lot in protest, but we still haven’t seen significant changes — or even any attempts at reasonable, logical change — on a state or federal level. […]

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An open letter to Emma González and those who doubt her

Your name is Emma González. You are 18 years old, Cuban and bisexual. You’re so indecisive that you can’t pick a favorite color, and you’re allergic to 12 things. You draw, paint, crochet, sew, embroider — anything productive you can do with your hands while watching Netflix. And all of this matters. […]

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An open letter to Iowa representatives on gun control

My name is Ellie Brown and I go to West High school in Iowa City, Iowa. I love school and I love learning, but everyday I wake up terrified to go to school. I tell myself that nothing could happen in a little old town in the middle of Iowa, but I have to face the terrifying fact that my school could be the next school that we hear about on the news, being sent thoughts and prayers. […]

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Letter to the editor: Time for our strengths to shine

For over 60 years The Procter and Gamble (P&G) Iowa City Beauty Care Site has been a vital part of our local economy. On Feb. 7, P&G shared with the local community its decision to move the haircare and body wash production lines from Iowa City to its new West Virginia location in 2020. Make no mistake; the ramifications will stretch far beyond the estimated 500 positions that will be lost. […]

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In memoriam: Basil Hadjis, an icon in the Cedar Rapids culinary scene

After decades of feeding and entertaining Cedar Rapidians, chef Basil Hadjis passed away last month at the age of 62. Owner of the Vernon Inn, Fourth Street Diner and Sweet Basil’s Pizza Pie and Basil’s Food, Hadjis was a mainstay of the local culinary scene. Most recently, Hadjis could be found at the Mount Vernon Road Hy-Vee, preparing meals at the Market Grille. […]

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Letter to the Editor: Paul Ryan promoting a higher birth rate? “Misogyny in its finest hour!”

I frequently have the TV on when I’m doing work in my kitchen and the other day was no exception. CNN happened to be on and I caught the last few minutes of Paul Ryan’s news conference. I wasn’t paying much attention until I heard him advocating for the overhaul of entitlements and increasing the birth rate in this country. […]

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