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The wrong quote

Daily Iowan columnist Simeon Talley, in his Feb. 15 article, seriously misquoted former Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater. He had the senator as supposedly saying, “extremism in the face of liberty is no vice.”

The complete statement is, “I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”

The only thing infamous is your misquotation, not the statement itself. It might be worth your while to Google “Senator Goldwater” and read the Wikipedia article.

Martin Sokoll
Coralville resident

Ocean pollution a problem

Recently my family and I took a a trip down to the Florida Keys. We go back almost every year to see the smiling faces, and beautiful views. But that got me thinking, what is in the future for our planet’s oceans? To me, where I stand, they seem fine. But looking at pictures of the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico makes me sick and gives me the drive to do something about it. I want a change for my future children and for the generations to come.

Ocean pollution is a serious issue that is taken lightly. Or on the other hand, people may think that it’s too big of a job to even try to deal with. Well, they’re wrong. Even if we Iowans don’t live by an ocean, we do live by a very polluted river. Many of these toxins come from Iowa’s farmers, and there needs to be an end. I think we should make farmers change their fertilizers to more eco-friendly chemicals. If we all work together, we can end marine pollution.

Carolyn Rosenquist
Iowa City resident

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