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BY DI READERS | APRIL 19, 2011 7:20 AM

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Vendor ban frustration

I get so upset with all of the nitpicking, over-governing that is going on at all levels of government. Melrose vendors have been a part of football Saturdays for years without incident. Give me a break.

Lee Roulson
UI alumnus

Reconsider vendor ban

Melrose Neighborhood Association, why are you thinking about banning game-day vendors along Melrose Avenue?

You say a ban would protect the residential character of the neighborhood. The zoning of the area does not allow for commercial uses — including, I suppose, for a grand total of seven Saturdays a year for a few hours each time.

Did you not know Kinnick Stadium was there when you moved into the neighborhood? Didn’t the huge stadium and parking lots make you wonder? Are you anti-Hawkeye or just against supporters of the Hawkeyes?

Melrose Avenue is a tremendous part of Hawkeye football. The ban would mean no more “big ass turkey legs,” buying your child or wife their first Hawk game T-shirt for their first game experience, watching the area transform into a sea of black and gold, or meeting old friends and making new ones all in the same area.

I have been going to Iowa football games off and on for more than 40 years and have been a proud season-ticket holder for well over the last 25 years. The Melrose experience was there back then, it is today, and it should be allowed to continue into the future. The Magic Bus left (forced out) a few years ago, so now it’s all against the vendors.

Hawkeye football is here to stay and like it or not your neighborhood is right in the middle of it all.

This is a college town, college neighborhood, with college students, college supporters, and college activities. What next, a suit and tie required to attend the football games? The Marching Band will have to march inside to hold the noise down? Or no more fan train because the horn is too loud?

Get real. Wake up and smell the roses. Life is too short, and it’s passing you by on the fast track.

Please reconsider the Melrose ban.

Roger Strong

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