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Letter to the editor: This year, keep your lawn natural and diverse

Is your lawn safe enough for your kids to play on? If you do the “weed and feed” routine, it’s time to rethink. Current lawn culture encourages the use of chemicals, with deceptive descriptions like “healthy lawn.” But don’t be fooled, because pesticides and fertilizers have many risks.

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Letter to the editor: The proposed ‘strict scrutiny’ amendment is un-Iowan

By Liz O’Hara When I told a friend 16 years ago that I was moving to Iowa, her comment was that the Iowans she had met always seemed so sensible. It’s a flattering generalization, but some in the Iowa Legislature seem about ready to prove the exception. A proposed constitutional amendment subjecting any limits at […]

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Letter to the editor regarding a recent Futile Wrath cartoon

By Dorian Byrd Dear Mr. Ward, I have a gripe about your recent cartoon in Futile Wrath. I am appalled that you would stoop to likening JESUS with such qualities that reveal Trump’s endless reservoir of thoughtless speech, lack of regard for the suffering of others and of course his dislike of anyone who has […]

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Letter to the editor: Rachel Hollis is not the embodiment of female empowerment

An open letter to Women Lead Change, by Heather Bachman Women lead change. That’s an empowering statement and one I can believe in. Women Lead Change (WLC) is also the name of a non-profit organization headquartered in Cedar Rapids with the stated goals of advancing, developing and promoting women. I like the goals. The mission […]

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Letter to the editor: My first year as an environmentalist

To the future generation: It has been one year since I starting writing to you. One year ago I saw the Northern Lights in Canada. It was awesome and depressing. I saw the lights and learned the effects of global warming on a community. I changed from a denier of climate change to a believer. We have a beautiful world but it is changing. But what can I do? […]

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Letter to the editor: Trump’s homage to tradition

By Scott Hartley, Fairfield Trump detractors who decry their target buffoon as a rampant violator of tradition are deficient in political history. The orange POTUS has actually fallen tamely in line with Democrats of the Clinton era. When the former president sometimes known as “Slick Willy” gained the White House, Dems held both chambers of […]

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Letter to the editor: Iowa should regulate marijuana like beer, wine and liquor

Ten states now regulate marijuana like alcohol. Iowa should follow their lead. Marijuana prohibition hasn’t worked and has hurt taxpayers and everyday Iowans. By legalizing and regulating the sale of marijuana to Iowa adults, we can refocus our criminal justice system on serious crime and expand substance abuse treatment programs.

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Open letter to the Iowa City Council: Do not change the Ped Mall benches

Dear Mayor and Iowa City Council members, I am opposed to making changes to the Ped Mall benches for the following reasons: 1. The city provided an opportunity for citizens’ input, at which time anybody that wanted to attend and see the proposed project could offer suggestions. 2. The city has opposed sleeping in the […]

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An open letter to the Johnson County Board of Supervisors

Dear Supervisors, I wanted to share some thoughts about the meeting on Jan. 7. It seems clear that the Johnson County Agricultural Association has ignored your requests for them to do more of their own fundraising. This has been happening for several years. Per your discussion, you agreed that you have been enabling them. I […]

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