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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | JANUARY 28, 2011 7:10 AM

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Anti-gay disconnect

The anti-gay advocates in the Iowa Legislature are not truly interested in protecting children. I moved to Iowa six months ago, and although I have frequented many malls, restaurants, and cafes, I have not seen a gay person or a gay couple. Given the frequency of gay couples among the population, the influence of Iowa gays on children is an illusory menace.

It is badly behaved, incorrigible children who expose your child to filthy language, bouts of anger, and violent behavior. This has become routine in many classrooms due to “give them another chance”-style leniency. All those chances have a lot more to do with how your child turns out than some gay bogeyman.

John Clayton
Grinnell

Research: Vital to hospital services

It is surprising that Mercy Hospital would run a full page ad in the DI (Jan. 24) bragging about its lack of teaching and research. Isn’t this another way of saying that it’s not interested in being on the cutting edge of health-care advancements?

My study subjects at the UI Hospitals and Clinics appreciate both the opportunities to access the newest cancer treatments and the satisfaction of knowing they are contributing to the advancement of cancer treatment. When they are faced with a miserable illness, they find some satisfaction knowing they may help someone in the future who walks in their shoes.

I’m sorry Mercy Hospital patients don’t have the same opportunities.

Karen Parrott
UIHC research coordinator


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