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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | MARCH 22, 2011 7:20 AM

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GymHawks should be celebrated

I didn’t want to make another phone call to HawkTalkDaily to inquire why the University of Iowa’s women’s gymnastics team has gotten very little press this season, so I thought if the people read about it in The Daily Iowan, maybe they’d take notice.

The team is ranked 14th in the nation. Rebecca Simbhudas is ranked 11th, and Jessica Hansen is ranked 23rd. Two weeks ago, they won an away meet at Southern Utah University with a season high score of 196.45. Maya Wickus, a freshman, earned a 9.925 on vault, the Hawkeyes placed first on all four events, and Simbhudas won her ninth all-around — still no press. The team even beat Michigan earlier in the season.

Does it take putting on football or wrestling uniforms to get noticed? Coach Larissa Libby, her staff, and team have worked hard to attain their level of achievement with little recognition. I want the Hawkeye Nation to know that the GymHawks are representing them well.

Here’s some food for thought: Can you imagine where the team would be if they had that new facility they were promised years ago?

Kathy Sucich
UI parent

Nuclear power not the way to go

Develop solar and wind power, battery systems for storing power for use during times with no wind or sunlight, and better insulation and fuel-efficient engines — but do not build any more nuclear-power plants.

Surely we are intelligent enough to develop energy sources that do not poison us. With better construction designs, we can lessen our demand for heating and cooling. With better transportation systems and better engines, we can lessen our demand for energy.

Scientists are discovering that they can use termites to produce ethanol from wood chips and bark and waste wood pieces, and scientists are using algae to produce all kinds of energy sources. Develop those things. Even install small, home-sized wind and solar-power systems and labor-intensive work. Employ people. (That’s a novel idea.)

We should rely on observation, imagination, invention, development. No more nuclear poison, please.

Elsie Vega
Iowa City resident


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