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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | SEPTEMBER 04, 2012 6:30 AM

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Calling for fairness

It seems like this year is all about fairness — at least it’s a huge question that both political parties are having major disputes over.

Is it fair to prohibit someone from marrying within his or her own sex? Is it fair that ID laws are an issue in so many states? Is it fair that women make 77 cents to $1 that a man makes? Your ideology will guide you on whether you say “yes” or “no” to these questions.

However, it is absolutely not fair that one political group on campus is put into public light for an illegal action when the other is not. That is one thing no can dispute.

Earlier this year in April, when the presidential election seemed eons away, University Democrat President Nathan Fiala was charged with possessing an open container of alcohol in a vehicle.

Even though it’s considered a simple misdemeanor in Iowa and one that many college students nationwide know very well, Fiala resigned from his position in respect to his office.

A specific story was published in The Daily Iowan that not only identified him as the University Democrats president but put brought his charge into public light.

Fast-forward five months later. It’s a charged environment politically. It’s Democrats against Republicans, and the stakes seem like they couldn’t be higher. Both sides know half the battle is image and how they’re presented to the world.

So, it’s interesting that when College Republicans President Kelsey Boehm was charged with unlawful use of an authentic driver’s license, public intoxication, presence in a bar after hours, and interference with official acts, there was no story and no recognition that she serves as the president of the College Republicans, and there was certainly no resignation.

How fair is that?

Mara Albert
UI student


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