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Letter to the editor: KCRG-TV9 should try and make things right after the Jeff Klinzman antifa controversy

I am writing to protest the forced resignation of adjunct instructor, Jeff Klinzman, from Kirkwood Community College, as a direct result of an article published Aug. 22, 2019 by KCRG-TV9 (“Kirkwood Professor: ‘I Affirm That I Am Antifa’.”) The Gazette has since published several letters to the editor and guest columns on the topic, with […]

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Letter to the editor: Four reasons to vote for four great candidates for Iowa City school board

Paul Roesler, Michael Tilley, Lisa Williams, Shawn Eyestone [have] all supported spending the SAVE funds and passing the bond that remodeled, revived and/or built schools in every corner of our district. These projects touched every family in our district in some way. They know and support the professional educators in our district and promise to […]

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Letter to the editor: Iowa City’s sidewalk closures favor drivers over pedestrians

Iowa City is on an unending rotating schedule of sidewalk closures due to the corresponding unending construction. It’s too bad that Iowa City seems to have never actually looked at how a progressive, civilized city deals with sidewalk detours. Hint: accommodating pedestrians for construction shouldn’t involve forcing a pedestrian to actually cross a street three times […]

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Letter to the editor: Matt and Mary Kate Pilcher Hayek endorse candidates in Iowa City’s elections

On Nov. 5 (or before), voters in Iowa City and throughout the Iowa City Community School District have an opportunity to shape our community’s future. In the contested Iowa City City Council race, we support Laura Bergus and Janice Weiner for the two at-large spots. Bergus and Weiner are experienced, intelligent and deeply committed […]

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Letter to the editor: Iowa City Council should reject Capstone Collegiate building proposal

I am writing in reference to the Iowa City Council’s consideration of rezoning Gilbert and Prentiss Street for the proposed eight-story building by Alabama-based group Capstone Collegiate Communities. Iowa City is in dire need of more affordable housing complexes. Luxury and fully furnished student housing complexes should be the last item […]

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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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