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Letters to the editor: Head-to-head on the ICCSD bond referendum

I wholeheartedly support the Iowa City Community School District bond referendum. Here is why:

1. Our kids need it. Johnson County keeps growing, and our schools haven’t kept up. We add over 300 students per year, the equivalent of one elementary school. Our kids deserve climate controls. They deserve rooms for art, music and PE. If nothing changes, 60 percent of our students will have class in a temporary classroom. And ADA accommodations are federal law! […]

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Letter to the editor: The sick and suffering deserve access to medical cannabis

I am writing in support of the use of cannabis for the sick and suffering people in the state of Iowa. I myself am in constant pain from being injured several times in car accidents. I also have childhood trauma, with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression. I know there are others that suffer far worse than me, and I am writing for them also. I feel like we have such a high cancer rate in this area from the ammunition plant in Middletown and the run off from farmers polluting our water. […]

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Letter to the editor: Response to Hancher — ‘Cash is king’

I was picking up passengers at the Cedar Rapids airport. While I was waiting for their flight to land, I read a copy of your magazine, Little Village. On page six in Letters to the Editor, Steven Vosatka asked why Hancher Auditorium does not accept cash. [Aaron Hill, the Hancher food service supervisor,] offered this response: “Student employees did not have prior cash handling experience and some were struggling with the required training.” […]

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Letters: Vote No on Justice Center

Any voter who cares about our community should pay special attention to the referendum on the new “justice center”, which includes plans for a large expansion of jail capacity. The current jail has a capacity of 96; the new jail has a capacity for 243. The current jail is overcrowded, with a nightly average of […]

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Letters: Vote Yes to Retain the Judges

Bob Vander Plaats recently announced he was getting the band (well, bus at least) back together for a reunion tour across the state of Iowa in an effort to remove Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins from the bench. We need to see this for what it is: an attempt to delegitimize the relationships of […]

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Letters: My Brilliant (Bicycle) Traffic Ticket

On a beautiful Saturday in June, with the scent of burning automobile tires still in the air, I received my first bicycle traffic ticket in 40 years of cycling. That morning, in the left-hand through lane of Grand Avenue that travels eastbound across Riverside to Burlington Street, an Iowa City Police Officer stopped behind me […]

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Letter to the Editor: LGBT Setbacks

I would like to tell my LGBT friends something we sometimes forget in emotional moments of backlash: We’ve been through setbacks before, and we’ll get through this one, too. In 1977, at age 21, I was told that the gay rights movement was over because of the Anita Bryant crusade. In 1981, we were told […]

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