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Letters to the Editor

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

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Slinging mud at Slockett

Iowans prefer clean campaigns, and it is unfortunate that negative-attack politics has appeared in an extreme form in Johnson County. The May 10 letter to the editor opposing Tom Slockett's re-election bid as Johnson County auditor contains innuendo, half-truths, and outright lies. Contrary to the writer's claims, Slockett has never harmed anyone. Nor did he "repeatedly harass" his employees. On the contrary, when he realized that some members of his staff felt pressured to sign his nomination papers, he acknowledged his mistake and apologized to the staff. He later repeated that apology in the Cedar Rapids Gazette and promised to take steps to repair morale in the office, steps he has begun. 

In the midst of all the campaign mud-slinging, it is important for Johnson County voters to understand what is at stake. There is a nationwide campaign underway to roll back voting rights, including the rights of students and minorities. Slockett leads the nation in extending the right to vote to all citizens by making voting accessible. This could not have been done if he were not an efficient, competent manager of his office. His well-documented success in increasing voter turnout in Johnson County, one of the most transient counties in Iowa, is one of the things that should make us all proud to live in Iowa. 

Supporters of Slockett's opponent, Travis Weipert, are running a negative campaign because they can make few positive arguments for their candidate, who lacks any experience running elections. They suggest that he probably wouldn't interfere with the fine work on elections performed by the skilled staff that Slockett has hired. That hardly seems sufficient cause for Johnson County voters to reverse their longstanding bipartisan support for an outstanding public servant, Tom Slockett. 

Jeffery Cox
Iowa City resident

Gay people ruin lives

Gay people are ruining my life. For the longest time, I dreamt of a career, a wife, and a nuclear family, but I can't find fulfillment in doing any of those things unless I can do them while actively discriminating against a minority group. I don't even understand why gay people have to get in on marriage. Like, honestly, if gay people get married, it just won't be cool anymore. If everyone can do it, it's going to be so over.

To give an example, I was totally the first person to like Animal Collective. I knew about it before it was cool and I listened to it religiously, reveling in the satisfaction I got from being part of an exclusive group. But then everyone jumped on the boat, and it totally sank, man.

Marriage is no different. I don't want to get married if everyone can do it. That's just boring. I really don't understand why gay people are being so insensitive to my needs. Can't they see what they're doing? God himself made marriage exclusive, which makes it the coolest exclusive club in the universe. If gay people invade the sanctity of that decree, getting married is going to be like listening to Animal Collective. It's going to be so over.

Recently, I was relieved to see North Carolina protecting the sanctity of marriage and striking down civil unions. Because honestly, gay people, civil unions just make you look like posers. Perhaps, if gay people are lucky, God will reconsider his definition and expand the club. I would be OK with that. But last time I talked to God, he said his position was still "evolving."

Brian Healy
UI student


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