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Letter to the editor: Megan Alter will be a voice for the South District on the Iowa City Council

Megan and I have worked together closely at the same nonprofit educational organization for over seven years. I have had ample time to get to know her not just as a person but as a public servant. Megan has committed her life to working on equity, and no part of her life is exempt from that focus. In every piece of work she produces that affects […]

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Letter to the editor: Coralville has work to do to keep cyclists safe on 1st Avenue

On Thursday, Oct. 17, I was nearly killed while cycling to work. I was on 1st Avenue in Coralville, unavoidable for many routes through Coralville, when a minivan came within a foot of hitting and likely killing me. This is not a hypothetical concern: hours later, the life of Joe Mann was ended outside of Muscatine when a motorist struck him […]

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Letter to the editor: Let’s elect Megan Alter for Iowa City Council

I am a longtime and active member of the Iowa City community and I am supporting Megan Alter for the Iowa City Council. I have known Megan for several years, having served with her on the Iowa Women’s Foundation Board. She is hardworking, dedicated, thoughtful and inclusive and, critically, follows through on her commitments. Megan […]

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Letter to the editor: Join the UI Lutheran Campus Ministry for its 100th anniversary at Gloria Dei

The “Love Lives Here” sign at 109 E Market St has become rather iconic on the Northside of Iowa City in the five years since it was designed and installed by Iowa City artist Jamie Boling. Families come to take their holiday pictures and couples come to have their wedding or prom pictures taken in front of this sign. This is home to Lutheran […]

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Letter to the editor: Nine easy steps to update Iowa City’s climate plan

Thanks to the education campaign of the Iowa City student climate strikers, the city council of Iowa City mandated its staff to update its climate action plan to fall in line with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — namely, to cut CO2 emissions by 45 percent by 2030 and reach zero emissions by 2050. […]

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Letter to the editor: Megan Alter will broaden access in an at-large council seat

Iowa City has seen dramatic changes in the last decade. Many of us are proud to see a place we love growing a little more modern. But this growth brings concerns, too, mostly boiling down to one overarching question. Why does it feel like these changes are only for the benefit of a few? We take pride in being an inclusive place, but Iowa City has […]

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Letter to editor: City council is a thankless job. Thankfully, Iowa City has Laura Bergus

I can wax on about policy positions, but that’s what campaign websites and candidate forums are for. So. Let me tell you about Laura, the human I trust. I met Laura more than a decade ago when I was working as a mediator, but I have gotten to know her as a community member and, later, a friend. There is much to wonder at […]

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Letter to the editor: I’m supporting Laura Bergus for Iowa City Council

As early voting at the Johnson County Auditor ramps up this week, I’m excited to cast my early ballot for Laura Bergus for an at-large seat on the Iowa City Council. I have observed Laura as a leader helping area nonprofits drive strategic initiatives, as a pro bono advocate for a client who needs a voice in our often cumbersome legal system, […]

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Open letter to UI President Bruce Harreld: End coal burning at the UI power plant immediately

We are writing to you as concerned high school climate strikers, University of Iowa students, alumni, staff and Iowa City and area residents. Last week, the University of California joined 7,000 other colleges and universities in committing to climate emergency plans. These institutions plan to reach carbon-neutral status by 2025. University of California President Janet Napolitano recognized “the need for a drastic societal shift to combat the growing threat of climate change.” […]

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Letter to the editor: Back from the brink

Sept. 26 marks the U.N.’s International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. Did you know that Iowa City was one of the first Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones in the U.S.? In 1985, concerned community members signed petitions calling for the designation. The city ordinance declares that nuclear weapons facilities or work on nuclear […]

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Letter to the editor: Why I want Beto in the White House

My name is Bianca and I started campaigning for Beto O’Rourke this summer, after following his Senate race against Ted Cruz in 2018. When I first heard about Beto, I was immediately drawn in by his energy and passion. Listening to him speak made me excited and hopeful: excited in the way I was as a third grader watching Barack Obama
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Letter to the editor: University of Iowa community, join the climate strike on Friday

On Friday, Sept. 20, millions of youth around the world will lead schools, towns and countries in a global strike for climate action. As Iowa City high school students, we invite you to join our town’s movement for climate action, and unite the University of Iowa with Iowa City’s new commitment to dramatically cut CO2 emissions, commit to 100 […]

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