Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | APRIL 09, 2009 7:30 AM

Your Party is fit to lead student body

I am writing to express my support for Your Party, running for University of Iowa’s student government. Not only do I have complete confidence and trust in every single person running for senator, I know that Presidential Candidate Emily Grieves and Vice-Presidential Candidate Ali Keenan can help change the face of UISG and greatly improve our university.

Grieves is an outstanding individual who has become one of my role models and mentors. Filled with energy and a hard-work ethic, Grieves is someone who really cares about the University and the students here and wants to make sure everyone is having the best possible experience at Iowa. Grieves can undoubtedly bring UISG to the next level by making it much more transparent so the students here finally have a voice.

Although I have only known Keenan for a short period of time, I’ve already realized that Keenan radiates an incredibly positive energy that encourages those around her to work hard and stay positive. Keenan has already accomplished so much in her life and that will definitely reflect on her time in UISG as well. Keenan, much like Grieves, has a strong work ethic and a continually positive attitude that will help bring vital improvements to UISG and campus.

I write in support for Your Party because I know from our presidential and vice-presidential candidates to our senators and to our wonderful, hard-working staff, that Your Party can absolutely bring the changes needed to student government and improve the amazing university we already have.

Molly Burke
Senator-at-large candidate with Your Party

The true cost of war

When Americans flip on the news with their morning cup of Joe, the newest hot topic no longer pertains to the Iraq War. Instead, the seemingly bottomless pit of falling stocks and the depressing number of jobless individuals fills the news. But these two issues are interrelated, leaving the average American citizen wondering how much they are paying for this war.

The true cost of the war is staggering. The Bush administration originally expected to spend 50-60 billion dollars on the war. Currently, it is estimated that the U.S. had spent between 13 to 50 times that, equaling between $800 billion and three trillion dollars according to The Washington Post. This cost will continue to rise dramatically as the war continues on.

With tax season underway, how much of your tax dollar is going to this war? According to the National Priorities Project, for every tax dollar Iowans spend, 42.2 cents are going to defense, including the war. Of the 42.2 cents going to defense, ten cents is paying back the interest on military debt. Education, training, and social services only receive 4.4 cents of every Iowan’s tax dollar. That’s less than half of what is being paid for interest on military debt alone! Unfortunately, pulling out of Iraq quickly is not an option anymore. We can only hope that the Obama administration has the solution, or else the American people will be stuck with a huge military, an exorbitant national debt, and a weak economy for generations to come.

Kara Wordehoff

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