Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | APRIL 18, 2011 7:20 AM

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Hawkeye games not the place for obscene shirts

I am a season-ticket holder for Iowa football and often bring my children and their friends to games. I would like Gary Barta to deny admission to persons wearing shirts that emphasize profanity, particularly a specific shirt. You know the shirt I’m describing, and even though people do have the right to sell, buy, and wear it, I find it offensive.

I support free speech and its important place in American society. However, that place isn’t at eye level of a youngster in Kinnick Stadium. We can collectively aspire for a fan-friendly standard that passes the ultimate test: Would you wear that in front of your mother?

Of course you wouldn’t.

Mike Moran
Cedar Rapids

Fight back against drinking crackdowns

I consider myself a true Hawkeye fan and a supporter of the University of Iowa. However, I am disappointed in the time, money, and effort spent on trying to control drinking. According to some, it was under control and now runs out of control through house parties.

Now, I see there is talk of doing away with vendors on Melrose Avenue. during the football season. Enough of this nonsense; this is college, and kids deserve to have fun and need outlets from the daily grind of studying.

I am a product of the ’60s and ’70s. When there were issues, we took action as students.

I’m proposing a football boycott. I think an empty stadium would send a powerful message, especially on a nationally televised game.

Students, get on it and boycott a football game. Watch the city squirm.

Michael DiMaggio
UI alumnus

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