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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | DECEMBER 02, 2009 7:20 AM

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Target underage drinkers

Why isn’t the city seeing the real problem: the underage drinker? Why aren’t we putting the burden of breaking the law on the consumer of alcohol? If 19- or 18-year-olds are drinking in bars, clearly, they are breaking the law and should go to jail, be fined, and bear the burden of the law being broken.

If an establishment thinks a fake ID is real, why is it penalized for the consumer of alcohol breaking the law? By denying a liquor license to any business, you penalize the legal drinker, bar owner, city property-tax revenue, and not the true cause. The only one abusing the privilege of the liquor license is the underage drinker entering the establishment and consuming alcohol.

If an 18-year-old goes to jail and pays a hefty fine for drinking illegally, that will send a message loud and clear to anyone else in that age group. Let’s monitor the underage-drinking problem — not those who abide by the law.

D.S. Lange
Iowa City resident

Transparency needed at the Federal Reserve

Throughout its nearly 100-year history, the Federal Reserve has presided over the nearly complete destruction of the United States dollar. Since 1913, the dollar has lost more than 95 percent of its purchasing power, according to the American Institute for Economic Research, aided by the Federal Reserve’s loose monetary policy. How long will Congress stand idly by while hard-working Americans see their savings eaten away by inflation?

Since its inception, the Federal Reserve has always operated in the shadows, without sufficient scrutiny or oversight of its operations. The Fed’s funding facilities and its agreements with the Treasury should be reviewed. The bailouts awarded to the biggest banks on Wall Street needs to be looked at and dissected. This is taxpayer money at work, so it makes sense that taxpayers deserve the right to know where their money is going.

We hear officials constantly lauding the benefits of transparency in government, led by the president himself. H.R. 1207 and S. 604 are bills in Congress that would achieve the transparency that is desperately needed.

Zach Halstead
UI freshman


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