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Questionable police behavior

On a recent weekend night in downtown Iowa City, I witnessed someone get punched in the face and hit his head on the ground. This person clearly showed signs of a concussion. After about a minute, two Iowa City police officers came to the scene. When they arrived, they simply stood over the victim. When I attempted to tell them that I was sure the person had a concussion, they only asked who had hit the victim.

When I couldn't provide that information, I was told to just be quiet and leave. I have some medical training and know enough to understand that these officers should have wanted to know what could have potentially been wrong with the victim.

I was left wondering if the cops of our city are even trained in being medical-first responders, or if these two officers just didn't care. These officers need to understand that if they are unable to protect the safety of someone, they still have a responsibility to do what they can to protect her or his health after an incident.

Michael Gettler
UI freshman

Abolish the Fed, return money to the people

In response to Will Mattessich's Nov. 5 column"End the Fed?": I'm not a religious follower of Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, but his stance on our current economic crisis is principle-driven.

People in their right mind who have studied the historical development and practices of central banking will quickly come to an obvious conclusion (unless they have a vested interest): This type of institution must be eradicated from the world. Unless you have a solution of your own and are willing to back it up with substantial logic, you are part of the problem.

I would have to agree that there's not enough gold and/or silver currently in the world to facilitate a healthy economy. Plus, gold and all other commodities are typically finite and/or easily manipulated by those in positions of power.

My (non-original) solution is to return to a debt-free currency issued by the governments of the world, not central banks. America's history clearly shows, in the case of "colonial script and greenbacks," that government doesn't have to go into debt to finance its future. It can simply print it just as central banks, but without going into debt or paying interest.

Would this solution prevent future economic crisis? No, but returning the money to its rightful owners (the people) would be a great start.

Andrew S. Raymond
Young Americans for Liberty member, Texas resident

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