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

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Upset with fat jokes

I am surprised The Daily Iowan allowed the Nov. 15 piece making fun of fat people to run in the Ledge. It was incredibly mean-spirited and reinforces the misconceptions and prejudices many people already hold about people of size.

It is patently obvious that it's not acceptable to run a column making fun of other historically marginalized groups (African-Americans, Jewish people, the disabled, for example), so why are fat people somehow still an acceptable target of hateful "humor?"

Please hold your writers to higher standards, both creatively and ethically.

Katherine Parker Bryden
UI graduate

Forget Romney, research Paul

Many people think former Gov. Mitt Romney is the ONLY candidate who can beat President Obama. Really?

The Democrats already have a website lambasting Romney's flip-flops.

While I have no problem with Romney being a Mormon, Democrats will have a heyday.

Then there's RomneyCare. Romney still says he's all for mandating people to buy health insurance. Romney tells us he'll repeal ObamaCare. However, based on his past U-turns, once inaugurated will he, really?

Romney was a Wall Street insider. Obama's machine will paint him as such. It won't be difficult.

Romney supported Obama's bailout of "too-big-to-fail" banks. He said so in the Dartmouth debate. You think Obama's campaign won't use that?

On what other issues has Romney wavered?

• Man-made climate change

• Gun control

• Amnesty for illegals

• Same-sex marriage

• Abortion

Then there's this from the October debate in Las Vegas. When pressed on hiring a company that employed illegal aliens Romney said, "So, we went to the company and we said, 'Look, you can't have illegals working on our property. I'm running for office, for Pete's sake. I can't have illegals.' "

If you want a principled, consistent, and moral leader who can beat President Obama you should research Texas Congressman Ron Paul.

The Democrats and the Obama campaign have NOTHING on this man. His consistency in Congress always based on the Constitution, his humble morality, and his steadfastness to principles provide no "dirt" for the Democrats.

Paul's consistent voting record prompted one congresswoman to comment, "There are few people in public life who, through thick and thin, rain or shine, stick to their principles. Ron Paul is one of those few."

Learn about Ron Paul and vote for him in the Jan. 3 caucus.

Jeff Luecke
Dubuque resident


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