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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | DECEMBER 07, 2010 7:20 AM

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The benefits of WikiLeaks

The WikiLeaks exposure has reminded us of one thing as American citizens: Be critical and skeptical about our government. These recent leaks are the largest set of “confidential documents” ever released to the public domain. The leaked documents are private communications between the United States and other nations. The documents prove the United States has spied on U.N. officials while ignoring “corruption and human-rights abuse in client states.”

WikiLeaks was created in 2006. The founders of the organization have not been identified for security purposes. The main spokesperson for WikiLeaks is an Australian named Julian Assange. The purpose of WikiLeaks is to leak confidential information to citizens of various countries.

WikiLeaks is beneficial to the United States because of our outdated secure-document practices. With these recent leaks, it is obvious our government needs to upgrade its security techniques. Our government is not taking the proper precautions to keep certain information secret.

WikiLeaks proves to us once again we have to be critical and skeptical about our government — why are we spying on the United Nations when we are a member of the organization? This demonstrates what little knowledge we have of our own government’s actions.

Chris Stewart
UI freshman

No sympathy for shuttered bars

In response to Monday’s article on the effects of the drinking ordinance on the bars and downtown (“IC sees earlier drinking, bars close”): If a bar can only stay in business because it is selling alcohol illegally to underage drinkers, then why should we be sympathetic when it closes down? If the bars were following the law before the ordinance and only serving pop to underage kids, then I don’t think that the loss of a couple of hours of pop sales should hurt them much.

Obviously, if underage drinking had not been a problem, then real adults would not have had to step in and make an ordinance to help curb the actions of irresponsible young adults. Public outcry should not be that this ordinance is unfair or wrong, but that these businesses were operating with a business plan to sell alcohol illegally to the public.

John M. Wagner
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics employee


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