Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | JANUARY 28, 2010 7:30 AM

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Anti-Semitic drivel

On Jan. 20, The Daily Iowan published a very emotional, heartfelt diatribe by none other than that noblest of fellows, David Goodner. Goodner mentions several alleged horrors committed by the evil Zionist entity! He will make sure that this illegitimate (democratic, U.N. recognized …) regime fails!

However, and I say this with great sorrow, Goodner has unfortunately fallen short of the high marks I expect from him. Goodner notes, there were Jews among his comrades! Surely he knows we regularly dispatch Zionist spies to infiltrate? You see, we Learned Elders must make sure we have a tentacle everywhere, for our ambitions are great indeed.

Not to worry! Goodner knows this and knows that merely mentioning Jews will shield him from any potentially sticky situations. And he knows, as he so frequently notes on his Facebook page, that any accusation of anti-Semitism against a brave “anti-Zionist” is never, ever legitimate! In his own words, “I’ll bet you 10 sheikels that James Eaves-Johnson [Zionist? Oh no!] has a letter to the editor calling me anti-Semitic published within a week” (Jan. 17). He knows our secret! We control the presses!

And who else is going to stand up to we, evil, all-powerful, all controlling, and horrifically capitalist, Zionist Jews?! Oops, I meant “Israel” wink, comrade, wink).

Am I suggesting Goodner’s credibility is on par with someone who believes outer space aliens perpetrated 9/11 and maybe you should stick to real reporters? Well, yes. Now what, exactly, is the newspaper doing publishing drivel from someone who thinks allegations of anti-Semitism are the highest honor that could possibly be afforded him?

Marni Steadham
UI junior

An irresponsible use of money

Why in the world is the university’s provost performing janitorial work while on the university’s payroll (“A Day of Service,” Jan. 19)?

Presumably, having a provost is necessary for the university to function properly. Paying provost wages for janitorial work is an irresponsible use of money.

Public agencies are frequently criticized for being poor money managers; this is a good example of poor money management.

One day away from work won’t make or break the university, but engaging in feel-good projects such as cleaning up a theater should be done on one’s own time, not while on the public payroll.

Mike Norton
UI graduate

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