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Letter to the editor: The tangled concept of personhood

Personhood? Who has recently tangled themselves in that labyrinth and fallen for the heartbeat cliche? And how ironic that the Christians, for millennia the purveyors of patriarchal prejudice and, too often, downright hate, with its resulting mayhem, how ironic that they have fixated on the heart as an indicator of anything. […]

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Letter to the editor: Cathy Glasson should challenge Joni Ernst in 2020

By Mary Gravitt DEMOCRATS! WAKE UP! Nominate Cathy Glasson to challenge Joni Ernst in 2020. Like the majority of Republican/Tea Party senators, Ernst is more interested in maintaining political power and Trump’s approval than serving the interests of Iowans or the American peoples. Iowa has been out of political balance since Senator Tom Harkin retired. […]

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Letter to the editor: Iowa City students are striking for their lives, and we should support them

By Miriam Kashia, North Liberty Four South East Junior High boys, homemade signs in hand, hands a bit shaky, voices soft but determined, showed up for the fourth Friday in a row at the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) administration building to demand action from the Iowa City school board and its superintendent and […]

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Letter to the editor: Draft Ross Wilburn for Congress

By Mary Gravitt, Iowa City Dave Loebsack has decided to retire from Congress. Now it’s announced that the 2nd Congressional District is in danger of being lost to the Kochtopus. The only answer to this is to draft Ross Wilburn to take Loebsack’s place on the ballot in 2020. Wilburn has political experience, having served […]

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Letter to the editor: Bets off, Iowa

By Antonia Russo “In a nation of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.” —Hunter S. Thompson Iowa casinos want the out-of-state billionaire carpetbaggers like DraftKings and FanDuel to serve as bookies for the casinos — handling their sports and fantasy games wagers. These online gambling companies are a direct threat to the casinos, and […]

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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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