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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | NOVEMBER 10, 2011 7:20 AM

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Help: Lost iPod, lifeline

I was excited to be in Kinnick Stadium for the Hawkeyes win over Michigan. It was a perfect day for football, that ended in a less than perfect way for me and for my family.

During the first half of the game I used the restroom and accidentally left two iPods sitting in the bathroom stall — admittedly a stupid thing to do.

When I realized I did not have them, I returned to the stall, and they were gone. I looked all through the restroom, looked all around the concourse, reported it to the police, and checked with lost and found.

No iPods.

This would be a bad deal for any teenager. But I am not just any teenager. I am profoundly deaf with bilateral cochlear implants.

Those iPods are one way I am able to link myself closer to the hearing world.

With the iPod, the thief who snagged them also took my special ear hooks that allow me to hear music. I cannot use regular ear buds or head phones. I also use my iPod to communicate with friends using Facetime, as I can understand better when I see a person talking.

The iPod allows me to get captions for movies that are showing in the theaters. It is a bummer to have to wait for movies to come out on video so I can read captions. With the iPod I can download the captions and play them in real time in the theater.

Dr. Gantz and the cochlear implant team in Iowa City gave me the gift of sound.

My iPod touch is an accessory that allows me to use my implants more fully. I was wrong to be careless with the technology that helps me. Someone else was wrong to selfishly keep it rather than turning it in to authorities. If you are out there, please consider contacting guest services at the stadium.

Madeline Hagarty
Colfax, Iowa, resident

No excuses for not voting

In Chris Steinke's column, "Why Raj Patel lost" (DI, Nov. 9), he states, "If our community really valued the reasonably aware college kid vote, they would make this process a lot easier."

It is not the community's fault you were lazy and waited until the last minute to vote. The county had plenty of accessible satellite locations, such as the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center, the UI hospitals, and Hy-Vee grocery stores, available to voters for a few weeks leading up to the election.

It is your responsibility as a voter to be informed about the candidates and where your polling place is located. I am a University of Iowa student, and I did not experience the drama mentioned in the editorial, nor was the voting process difficult when I voted early at the hospital. Quit making excuses and act like an adult; don't blame the community for not holding your hand.

Ryan J. Horner
UI senior


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