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Letters to the Editor: Fund the backfill, corrections to voter turnout column

Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Gov. Terry Branstad along with their spouses wave to the crowd at the West Des Moines Marriott on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (The Daily Iowan/Anna Kilzer)

March 28, 2018

Ask your legislator to back the backfill The Iowa Legislature should fully fund the backfill. In 2013, state law was changed to reduce the amount of taxes that local governments get from commercial and industrial properties. The backfill is a reimbursement from the state to local governments for this lo...

Letters to the Editor: Remembering U.S. wars, preventing school violence

Letters to the Editor: Remembering U.S. wars, preventing school violence

March 19, 2018

Today’s letters to the editor reflect on U.S. war involvement and how leaders must work to prevent tragedy. Remembering those lost in U.S. wars The middle of the month of March is a muddle of murky memories. March 16 marked 50 years since the U.S. massacre of 500 Vietnamese civilians in the villa...

Letter to the Editor: Grassley responds to editorial on gun violence

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks with members of the media during the third annual Joni Ernst Roast and Ride fundraiser event at Big Barn Harley Davidson in Des Moines on Saturday, June, 3, 2017. (Joseph Cress/The Daily Iowan)

March 2, 2018

The Iowa senator says every child deserves to feel safe in school, and we must work together to accomplish this. School shootings strike a raw nerve in society and rightfully so. During my 14 county meetings last week in eastern Iowa, Iowans expressed passionate views on the issue of gun violence. Mass...

Letter to the editor: To truly fund education, our tax dollars should fund the product

Letter to the editor: To truly fund education, our tax dollars should fund the product

February 22, 2018

In response to a DI writer’s column, the public needs to consider how the state funds schools, not education. Jacob Prall had an opinion piece published on Wednesday (‘School choice’ gone now but not forgotten, Feb. 21) concerning school vouchers and public education. The only problem is that P...

Letter to the Editor: Career Center defends job listings

The Pomerantz Center, which houses—amongst other offices—the University of Iowa’s Admissions Visitor’s Center, on Monday, 30 Oct., 2017 (David Harmantas/The Daily Iowan)

February 19, 2018

The Pomerantz Career Center responds to a Daily Iowan column critical of its online tool HireaHawk. In response to a column published on the DI’s website on Feb. 14, the Pomerantz Career Center would like to provide additional background and correct some inaccurate information. As the author wrote, H...

Letter to the Editor: UISG responds to decision behind ‘Meatless Mondays’

Cows are seen at the Blomme family farm in Ladora, Iowa on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. The farm, which produces corn, soybeans, pork, and beef, has been in the family for over 80 years. (Ben Allan Smith/The Daily Iowan)

February 14, 2018

On, Feb. 5, outside the Burge, Catlett, and Hillcrest Marketplaces, members of the University of Iowa Student Government (UISG) offered general information to students about the environmental impacts of meat production and consumption. The UISG members also suggested that students take a moderate step ...

Letter to the editor: Working at the Crisis Center

Letter to the editor: Working at the Crisis Center

February 2, 2018

A volunteer at the Crisis Center of Johnson County says taking calls from those in need has been a great experience. I first learned the full scope of what the Crisis Center does for our community a year ago. Immediately, I was filled with admiration for its mission and its staff. Simultaneously, th...

Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor

January 23, 2018

Today’s letters to the editor call on the Iowa Legislature to prioritize water quality, gun control, bipartisanship. Iowa farming must prioritize water quality I live on 40 acres in rural Johnson County, an oasis of prairie, woodland, and wetland in the midst of row crops. Here, I work to restore...

Letter to the editor: Supporting survivors of sexual violence

Letter to the editor: Supporting survivors of sexual violence

December 11, 2017

I am writing to you and your readers in the hope that I might be able to be a little helpful and supportive.  When I was a 25-year-old college student back in the 1970s, I was very badly sexually harassed by a female college professor who had a lot of power over me. It finally ended when another fem...

Guest Opinion: Mazahir Salih combines intelligence, diligence, compassion

FILE - Mazahir Salih, the president of the Center for Worker Justice, laughs at a shared experience told during a listening post at the Pheasant Ridge Neighborhood Center on April 1, 2016.  (The Daily Iowan/file)

October 31, 2017

Mazahir Salih is one of the smartest, hardest-working, most dedicated, and compassionate people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with. We here in Iowa City are incredibly lucky that such a person is willing to step up and run for City Council. Since joining Mazahir’s campaign in March,...

Letter to the editor: ABA therapy article doesn’t tell full story

The Stead Family Children's Hospital is seen on on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. (Lily Smith/The Daily Iowan)

October 25, 2017

UI Autism Center co-director responds to a recent article criticizing a form of autism therapy. I am responding to the opinion article written by Isabella Rosario (“UI autistic therapy startup promotes harmful treatment” Oct.20). I very much welcome ongoing discussions about autism, its diagnosis, and treatment options; howev...

Letter to the editor: Iowa Action director responds to criticism of tweets

Fans wave to patients in the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital at the end of the first quarter of the Iowa/Illinois football game on Saturday, 7 Oct. 2017. Iowa won the game 45-16. (David Harmantas/The Daily Iowan)

October 20, 2017

Where is the media 99 percent of the year when fans are not waving to the kids in the Children’s Hospital? I’m writing this in response to Marina Jaimes to address her mischaracterization of the student-led organization Iowa Action, of which I am a political director. I believe she misunderstood the tweets ...