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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | SEPTEMBER 13, 2011 7:20 AM

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America’s national sin

There are few sins, if any, more grievous and pervasive than greed.

The love of money is the root of all evil, the chief source of most of our problems on Wall Street and Main Street. Greed and love are incompatible. Greed stands in the way of our loving God, neighbor, and self.

Greed, a moral and spiritual issue, is America’s national sin. Hope resides in our turning away from individual, corporate greed. God’s chosen drum majors for justice are needed now to lead a well-organized, nonviolent movement against the greed that’s destroying our country.

The key to fixing a broken economy is to fix the greed problem.

Paul L. Whiteley Sr.
Louisville, Ky.

Interfaith conference in October

A unique opportunity will come to Iowans on Oct. 14 and 15 in Ankeny.

An interfaith conference will be held, sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee. “U.S. Policy in Palestine-Israel” will explore the history of this decades-old conflict and give us an understanding of the Palestinian perspective we so rarely get from the American news media.

Keynote speakers and a variety of workshops promise to engage us, as people of faith, in a way that helps us see the human-rights issues involved. We will learn how we can be effective agents for peace and justice for both sides, where world leaders have failed, including our own. It is my hope that many Iowans will want to attend this conference with the open minds and hearts we are so well known for.

A complete schedule is available at afsc-iowaconference.org, or you may call Kathleen McQuillen or Samar Sarhan at (515)274-4851, ext. 22.

Gail Colman
Cedar Rapids

Poor Mediacom transmissions

Wouldn’t it be nice if Gary Barta and those who make TV coverage decisions had to watch the game on Mediacom? It would probably be the last time the rest of us are subjected to third-rate transmissions. The local affiliates of the major networks have always done a better job.

BK Spence
Iowa City resident


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