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Patel: Only the beginning

We ran one hell of a campaign.

Though the outcome may not have gone our way, we have won in more ways than anyone could have ever imagined. We made it through the primary, when no one thought we had a chance. We won The Daily Iowan and Cedar Rapids Gazette endorsements when everyone was counting us out.

We came from nowhere and became an inspiration to the community and a force in this election. We gained respect and appreciation. We gained a voice through this campaign. Our journey is not finished here, however. This is only the beginning. I am going to continue to work tirelessly to fight for what we believe in. You all have made this campaign a reality and success, but success does not stop here. It begins here.

This has never been about a campaign for a City Council seat, it has been a campaign for a vision, a vision for a stronger, safer, and more vibrant Iowa City community — and I'll tell you what, visions never die on Election Day. They stay with us forever.

These last few months have been the most remarkable experience of my life. I've never worked so hard for something that meant so much to me. Words cannot express how grateful I am to all of you. We've accomplished so much, and I ask that you continue to stay strong to our values and vision. We will forever be united by our belief in Iowa City.

I am forever thankful to all of you for making this possible.

Raj Patel
Former City Council candidate

Hoping for a JFK-like epiphany

In the coming election, voters will likely be given the choice once again between two pro-corporate, pro-war candidates from the Democrat and Republican Parties. I'll probably vote for President Obama by default, knowing either way Wall Street and the Pentagon will win.

Yeah I know, Obama has been better than Bush — but Bush was about as low as the bar can go. The vast sums that influence choice in our elections flow from corporations and wealthy heirs that use countless government services and subsidies but rarely pay any taxes. A person who truly represents the working class has no chance at becoming a national candidate for the two major political parties.

Such was the case in the 1960 election, which offered two cold warriors, John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. But something incredible happened — after winning, JFK had a transformation. The wealthy corporate elite got one of their hand-picked candidates elected but after witnessing the Bay of Pigs and other covert actions JFK rebelled, declaring he would, "splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the winds." Kennedy also planned to end the Vietnam War. He began by firing CIA Director Allen Dulles. But in America, even when something extraordinary happens and a corporate- selected candidate comes unleashed, there are controls.

On Nov. 22, 1963, JFK was assassinated and Allen Dulles was appointed head of the Warren Commission. In his book "JFK and the Unspeakable," author James Douglass adduces persuasive evidence that Dulles and his fascist buddies planned the murder of President Kennedy. But in American politics, it really doesn't matter. Jesus himself said, "My kingdom is not of this Earth."

Yes, here one way or another, the bad guys win. Sad when the only hope the working class has of getting a president in office that will represent them is if one of the two selected corporate candidates has an epiphany after the election.

Jay Miller
UI alum

Comparing apples to rapists

Writing the Ledge, or any form of humor column, isn't easy. If it is, you're doing it wrong. It is unfortunate that readers didn't immediately recognize that Carly Correll's "Fat Girl Problems" was written by someone who considers herself a "woman-of-size."

Reader Katy Olson's assessment of the situation touched upon this possibility, referencing the use of self-deprecating humor. She conceded that, above all else, she simply did not believe it was funny.

It's far worse to paint Carly as someone whose actions may contribute to problems as serious as homophobia and rape than to write what some might consider lazy jokes. An unfunny humor column written by a young gay man had absolutely nothing to do with the murder of Matthew Shepard. It's much more proactive to write your own Ledge and submit it if you believe you know what is and isn't funny. That way, you can put that "wretched" Carly Correll out of a job.

And to Carly, I've only ever seen photos of you from the shoulders up, so if you aren't fat, I apologize for suggesting you were. If you do see yourself that way, I'm glad you're able to laugh about it.

Aaron Hall Holmgren
Former Ledge author

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