Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | APRIL 26, 2011 7:20 AM

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Republican disrespect is a turn-off

I wish I could vote Republican.

I generally agree with their economic policies, but the College Republicans have demonstrated that they are no more than a bunch of bullies who think it is funny to mock others. Being a Republican is only hard because they are represented by individuals who find it more important to mock social issues like "coming out" and "animal rights" rather than tell them about how being economically conservative would really help our country. The protest they held on campus did nothing more than prove to me that they are not worthy of my support; getting doctor notes to support your college organization is nothing like protesting directly to policies that affect their livelihoods.

Nor are any of their tactics remotely creative. "South Park" and Jon Stewart use the same sort of humor, and at least they aren't trying to get me to take them seriously. Ultimately, I am glad they decided to practice their freedom of speech so that I and others could soundly make the decision not to join or support their organization.

Ashley Carroll
UI student

Exposure of racial harassment is laudable

I applaud your efforts to share with the community these incidents of racial harassment that have taken place at University of Iowa. If individuals or communities remain silent about such behavior, it leads one to surmise their silence as condoning the behavior.

We are constantly bombarded with news concerning poor education in this country. In this case, here is a young African-American student trying to reach her potential. Her focus — and any student's focus, regardless of ethnic background — should be on academic excellence rather than worrying about safety or intimidation.

Additionally, when situations such as this occur, there is a ripple effect that affects and upsets the serenity of a student's parents, grandparents, past educators, and all others that know, cherish, and support that student in her or his endeavors.

In closing, I encourage you to keep abreast of this incident and make sure all are informed. God bless and protect that student for having the courage to speak out.

William Rogers
Black Jack, Mo.

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