Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | APRIL 11, 2012 6:30 AM

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'Love' for pink slime

I'm rethinking pink slime from the bottom-line standpoint as our Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and his slaughterhouse friends.

Forget why pink slime needs to be ammoniated and fresh ground beef does not — it's the economy, stupid.

To really get a bang for the buck, dog poop should also be ammoniated and served to kids in school to create jobs that get the middle class back to work and off food-stamp dining on pink slime.

This dog stuff is just left out there for the taking, and when ammoniated, it can be put to good and safe use. As you might know from seeing those clumps of grass in the spring, there's a lot of food value coming out of your own dog.

And if some crummy unpatriotic kids say, "I'm not eating that c-r-a-p," they ought to have their mouth washed out.

Sam Osborne
Iowa City

Letter to the Editor

The deciding factor in whether the Democrats or Republicans win Iowa this fall will likely be young people and whether they vote.

In every recent Iowa election in which 50 percent or more of young people have voted, Democrats have won Iowa. When fewer than 50 percent of young people vote, Republicans win.

No matter who the Republican candidate ends up being, there's no doubt in my mind that he won't have done as much for the young people of this country as has President Obama.

While the Affordable Care Act enables students to stay on their parents' health insurance until the age of 26, Obama has doubled the funding for Pell Grants so young people can get an education they need to compete in today's economy. He has invested in the improvement of our air and water standards to protect the environment for years to come, and he's repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" so young adults can serve their country without fear of termination because of their orientation.

Liz Zaretsky
UI student

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