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Letter to the editor: Kaufmann’s sports betting bill pushes gambling addiction

State Representative Bobby Kaufmann’s gambling bill would legalize on-site and online college and professional sports betting, as well as daily fantasy sports sites (DraftKings and FanDuel). This is a massive expansion of gambling. The demand for this comes from the gambling industry, with its out-of-state billionaires, and from the state, for revenue — not from ordinary Iowans.
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Letter to the editor: South East Junior High students are striking for the climate

By Massimo Paciotto Biggers and Alex Howe At South East Junior High School, we expect excellence. In an age of undeniable and catastrophic climate change, this means we expect excellence in climate action from our teachers and administrators, our district superintendent and the Iowa City school board. As students at South East Junior High School, […]

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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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