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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | DECEMBER 11, 2009 7:30 AM

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DI furthering stereotypes

I am writing to you regarding the Dec. 7 article “The siren song of alcohol.” I think this article was very informative and presented good information, until I came across a quotation by Kristina Swanson, a paramedic. She was quoted as saying, he smelled “homeless,” referring to a man found at a downtown apartment-complex on top of a Toyota Camry.

I thought this comment was unnecessary and completely inappropriate to include in the article. It does not matter whether or not it was said by an individual; it can be perceived as offensive in nature. I think by The Daily Iowan using this specific quotation, it is giving itself a reputation of supporting stereotypes and social stigma. The quotation had no rationale, and it did not add to the purpose of the article or specific situation. I think it made not only the person who said it sound ignorant, but the paper’s staff as well.

I write this to remind you to keep in mind your potential audiences and remain sensitive, as well as professional, while presenting the facts.

Kelley Haines
co-administrator of the UI Economic Human Rights Organization

Single-payer or nothing at all

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., will put forward Senate Amendment 2837 calling for Medicare for all, the only health reform that means anything. We will indeed have a vote on Medicare for all (same thing as “single paye,” same thing as HR 676) in the Senate. Call your representatives, and let them know you support the amendment.

And when that vote is taken we will know two things: 1) Who will stand up for the interest of the people, and 2) Whether we have done everything we could have done to speak out. Our most urgent mission is to get enough people to speak out to compel real health-care reform. Either stand up for your rights or let the CEOs control your health care and pick your pockets — again.

Michael Mitchell
Swisher resident


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