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RE: 'Commentary: Vandenberg struggling but taking too much blame'

I agree, too much blame. The coaches should be blamed for putting him in this position and not recognizing that he was not capable of performing at a Division-I level. His football kinetics speak volumes. He peaked at the Ohio State game in Columbus. Let's close this chapter before next week. The knock on Greg Davis in Texas was that he could not adapt well to making offensive adjustments and to utilizing players who didn't fit his scheme in Texas. Sure, they are going to look for any and everything wrong with Davis. But if any of it's true, say goodnight Gracie. Goodnight.

Peter Speck Mote

Maybe it's time to say goodnight Gracie to [Kirk Ferentz], college football's highest paid .580 coach. But it can't happen when the coach, with a monster-sized payout if fired, holds all the cards.


Probably too much blame on James, but he has missed some wide-open receivers on plays where he had plenty of time. Some throws in the dirt and some overthrows. Couple that with the fumble fingers of the receivers, and you have an impotent offense. The [defense] was the concern in the preseason. Those guys have risen to the challenge. We have to find some offense to match their effort. I'm not sure that any of the backups to James are any more capable.


RE: 'Obama's plans are too vague'

He also won't say who is paying for those 2 million workers to get retrained or for what careers. Cutting the cost of college costs growth doesn't make it any more affordable if there aren't any jobs for the parents who support the students or jobs that pay taxes that provide the money for student loans and grants. Social Security and Medicare need revamping badly, as both are increasingly large parts of the total deficit picture and must be addressed. It would be nice if people in Washington could just put politics aside and fix the problems instead of bending over for every special-interest group that promises to help them get re-elected.


RE: 'UI police continue to investigate on-campus sexual assault'

In a Sept. 7 statement from Chuck
Green, the UI assistant vice president for the UI police, use of the
Nite Ride program was strongly encouraged as a means to enhance student safety.

However, about one year ago, in a poor
showing of judgment, Green did not feel that the Nite Ride program was a
top priority and suspended the program for most of the summer.
So which is it,
Mr. Green? Is Nite Ride an essential
component of student safety or is it a program that will be periodically suspended
to save on "labor costs" at the sacrifice of student safety?


RE: 'Marks: Tickets issued for jaywalking misplaced'

Iowa City should be shamed that there are no pedestrian crossings between Church and Market Streets on Dubuque. Lots of pedestrian activity and nothing: no traffic signals, no Hawk signals. Madison and Lawrence have these liberally through their towns — they control the traffic for pedestrians without fully signalizing an intersection — not one of these has ever been in installed in Iowa City. Not surprising considering we were five years late getting centerline pedestrian flag signs.

Donald Baxter

This: "where traffic-control signals are not in place or in operation the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right of way, slowing down or stopping if need be to so yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection."

If they really care about pedestrian safety, I look forward to their enforcement of this policy against drivers on, for example, Dubuque between Church and Market or Dodge/Governor between Jefferson and Burlington. These are much more dangerous, and pedestrians often have to fend for themselves against drivers who fail to fulfill their obligation to yield.


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