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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 ...

Letter to the editor: UI does not suppress free speech

FILE - Protestors with signs listen to guest speakers during the Iowa March for Science at the Pentacrest Lawn on Saturday, April 22. The group's goal is to persuade legislators to vote based on scientific-backed research as opposed to partisan policy. (The Daily Iowan/Ben Smith)

October 12, 2017

Lucee Laursen’s Oct. 9 column contains factual misstatements and overgeneralizations that obscure her well-intentioned point about free speech. She characterizes the UI’s regulations on the use of outdoor facilities as straight up “unconstitutional” but offers no legal analysis to support this ...

Letter to the editor: Ferentz isn’t racist for separating sports, politics

Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz speaks during Big Ten Football Media Days at McCormick Place Conference Center in Chicago on Monday, July 24, 2017. Ferentz and players Sean Welsh, Matt Vandeberg, and Josie Jewell represented the Hawkeyes at the conference. (Ben Smith/The Daily Iowan)

October 3, 2017

When the community is clearly divided over political views, it’s important to avoid claims that don’t have evidence to back them up. I am referring to the Guest Opinion that ran in The Daily Iowan on Monday titled “Ferentz’s comments entrenched in racism,” pertaining to Coach Kirk Ferentz’s op...

Letter to the Editor: Johnson County Sheriff’s Office protects free speech

FILE- In this August, 27, 2016 file photo, police officers patrol Kinnick during the Back Porch Revival. Police arrested four people during the event which was the first concert in the 87-year old stadium and also served alcohol. (Margaret Kispert/The Daily Iowan, file)

July 31, 2017

An encounter at the Johnson County Fairgrounds with law enforcement made me thankful that the Sheriff’s Office protects freedom of speech. We often hear criticism about law enforcement, so I wanted people to hear my story. I am a disabled Marine veteran. I was protesting with a friend last week at the Johnso...

Letter to the editor: Democrats — Time for Plan B?

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, speaks during the annual Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, July 15, 2017. Sanders spoke as the keynote speaker for the event. (Joseph Cress/The Daily Iowan)

July 20, 2017

I was surprised by this opening paragraph on the front page of Tuesday’s DI because even though it might not “be enough” for Democrats to get elected to office, it should be apparent that getting elected is essential in order to implement any ideas the Democrats might have. But I’m sure that even...

Letter to the editor: Military-spending measure should not be ignored

The Pentagon, headquarters of the Department of Defense.  DoD photo by Master Sgt. Ken Hammond, U.S. Air Force.

July 13, 2017

The National Defense Authorization Act would make the military budget 114 times larger than the EPA’s. Congress will work on a bill with the largest impact on U.S. taxpayers after its Fourth of July break. The bill, the National Defense Authorization Act, will authorize funding of the Pentagon for fiscal 20...

Letter to the Editor: Keep our waters clean

FILE - In this file photo, ducks float in Ralston Creek behind New Pioneer Co-Op in Iowa City on July 12, 2016. (Joseph Cress/The Daily Iowan)

July 3, 2017

The EPA’s proposal to repeal the Clean Water Rule would negatively affect Iowa water. Here in Iowa, summer always reminds us why we care about clean water. Thanks to the Clean Water Act (1972), many of the places we go swimming, fishing, or boating, such as the Mississippi River, are now cleaner. Th...

Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor

June 26, 2017

Stop factory farms In his recent Letter to the Editor, former Environmental Protection Commission member Gene Ver Steeg is wrong: A moratorium on new and expanding factory farms is needed NOW. Telling us that we need even more manure on Iowa’s landscape is like telling poison victims they need more...

Letter to the editor: Recycling a no-brainer

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June 20, 2017

To the Editor: Regarding: “Local support for Paris Accord necessary,” on June 12. The Daily Iowan’s editorial “Local support for Paris Accord necessary” highlights the importance of taking local action on climate change. One of the easiest and most effective ways to participate is through recycli...

Letter to editor: Johnson amendment necessary

Letter to editor: Johnson amendment necessary

May 11, 2017

We must support our separation of church and state tradition in order to prevent religious-based ideological civil war. We must maintain the “Johnson Amendment” that guards against these potential civil wars. People from religion-based groups gather to worship their God and develop their faith,...

Letter to editor: Lessons of history don’t lessen

In this April 6, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump walks from the podium after speaking at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., Thursday, April 6, 2017, after the U.S. fired a barrage of cruise missiles into Syria. Trump’s White House, one perpetually plagued by infighting among aides jockeying for the president’s ear, has been sharply divided by a new rivalry, one pitting his powerful son-in-law with unfettered access to the president against the sharp-elbowed ideologue who fueled Trump’s populist campaign rhetoric. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

May 11, 2017

Howard Zinn must be rolling in his grave. Why don’t the talking heads in the media correct President Trump? The separation of church and state was not initiated by the American government nor the Founders. It came from the Baptist Church that petitioned Thomas Jefferson to not let the government interf...