Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | JANUARY 17, 2011 7:10 AM

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Ousting of judges besmirches Iowa’s reputation

“Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain.” As Iowans, do we realize where this is printed and what it means? It is awesome to be an Iowan, but I cannot say I am pleased with our new governor, who claims that the Senate Majority Leader is a dictator. I am similarly displeased at how many Iowans have been persuaded by an unsuccessful Republican gubernatorial candidate to vote out three Iowa Supreme Court justices.

Is Iowa’s flag now outdated when it doesn’t fit with a political ideology? It is unfortunate that we have elected a governor who takes a narrow view of citizens’ rights rather than respect a historic precedent by the Iowa Supreme Court, in line with how our Founding Fathers created the government.

The judicial branch was founded to uphold the rights of all citizens and protect them from a majority’s vote to suppress their rights. The removal of three justices was, in large part, financed with money outside of our state, but Iowans allowed this to happen.

Defining marriage by a vote of two-consecutive Legislatures and a majority vote only dishonors our Founding Fathers’ intent to protect all people from bigotry. All people, gay and straight, have the right to marry whomever they want, as this particular freedom does not adversely affect others. But allowing a vocal governor-elect and a spokesman to oust Supreme Court justices is irresponsible and reprehensible.

It is time for all of us to back our Supreme Court and not be swayed by a conservative agenda that opposes the rights of citizens. Iowans — it is time for us to think for ourselves, and remember our place in history as honorable people that protects the rights of all.

Michael Fritz
Coralville resident

Step it up, men’s basketball

I have never been as embarrassed as I was when the Iowa men’s basketball team lost to Purdue.

Nine-consecutive turnovers at the beginning. Bryce Cartwright is a poor point guard.

Coach Fran McCaffery has to recognize this: If turnovers are the problem, put in the seniors. I’m so sick of the dribble-drive offense. Four other guys are on the floor. Dribble less — pass more.

Rick Lovik
Iowa alum

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