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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 7:20 AM

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Road bikers dangerous

I see these bicyclists weave through traffic every day, racing down hills trying to get to their destination a few seconds earlier. Only they're not on the sidewalk, they are literally in traffic competing with two-ton boxes of metal for space.

Call me crazy, but I find this ridiculous.

What happens when a driver makes a lane change and a biker is in the wrong place at the wrong time? Who is responsible for that kind of accident? And to make matters worse, I have yet to see someone with a helmet on. I know that bike season is coming to an end, and you have to get as much use out of them as you can right now.

I want to know when spring comes again if anything will be different.

Brianna Hoskins
UI junior

UI overstepping boundaries

I'd like to know why the University of Iowa is concerned with an analysis of retail opportunities in downtown Iowa City. My only thought would be that the UI somehow justifies overspending on some vague strategic analysis by asserting that the community and university are tied together, blah, blah, blah, but I highly doubt that the costs associated with commissioning Divaris are in line with the sole responsibility of the university, which is to educate and develop UI students.

While it IS to the city's benefit as well as its obligation to keep the student population in mind when making decisions (as much as I disagree with any policy that will direct business activity), it is not a responsibility of the university to share costs of an analysis that is likely to end up being a waste of money that is better spent elsewhere.

Alex Rothlisberger
UI senior


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