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Coverage and clarification

The other members of 100 Grannies for a Livable Future and I wish to thank you for the fine coverage of our "Ban the Bag" Rally on Sept. 9. The rally was a great way to start our effort to eliminate the use of single-use plastic bags in stores in Iowa City and Coralville.

Bags are a poor use of precious petroleum resources, and plastics in general wrongly used harm more than help our environment and our health. They are a contributing factor in climate change that can be eliminated fairly easily, and it is stopping global warming that we are most concerned about.

There is just one thing I would like to correct. In the article I was quoted as crediting James Hansen for mentioning the idea of 100 grannies lined up on a railroad track 10 by 10 to stop a coal train.

I have to claim it as my idea in response to reading Hansen's "Storms of My Grandchildren," and his declaration that the use of coal must be stopped. It is what immediately came to mind. What train would want to run down 100 grandmothers? And how can anyone stand in the way of 100 determined grandmothers? At any rate, Hansen would perhaps not want to have such an action attributed to him, and therefore I would like to clarify this for your readers.

Rev. Dr. Barbara Schlachter
Iowa City resident

RE: 'The Box Score: Inside Iowa football stats, Week 3'

Taking them one-by-one:

1. The QB rating and the rushing yards per game are less a reflection of the team than they are a reflection of the ultra-conservative philosophy of the head coach

2. Hitchens's stats and yards allowed per game reflect the philosophical reliance on the defense to keep the team in the game and keep it close and hope for a chance to win at the end. But this is really relying on hope, not smart, aggressive offense on top of smart, aggressive defense. This philosophy, when a game is close, leaves you vulnerable to losing on a mistake, a fumble, a fluke play. How many Iowa losses of that kind have we seen?

3. Eight of nine field goals is yet another reflection of an ultra-conservative offense, even in the red zone.

4. Time of possession is one of the most meaningless stats in football. If your opponent is faster than you, it doesn't matter how long you held the ball; he can strike at any time, from anywhere on the field. Speed kills.

The stats betray the conservative nature of Kirk Ferentz football. When you are overmatched, you can't win by playing conservative football. When you're not overmatched, you're vulnerable to the mistake or fluke. Just ask Chris Peterson how he built the Boise State program. Or look at how Pat Fitzgerald manages to have Iowa's number so often.


"...smart, aggressive offense...", really? Aggressive offense is not too bright. Most good teams are not aggressive on the offensive side of the ball especially with a very young team.

Boise State is a poor example. [The team will] get away with playing a very weak schedule, and this season, with no star at QB, [the team] will do nothing.

Paul Rosazza

RE: "Send funds to elementary schools"

Sloppy reporting. 
The last elementary built and opened just this year is a few hundred yards into Coralville, but every child that attends is an Iowa City kid. The city of Coralville kicked in extra money for a better gym.
West is more than 60 above capacity and City is less than 200 below capacity.
Need to slow down and get info from the consultants. The information from the consultants will help the board make wise decisions instead of rushed "gut based" decisions that are often wrong. 
Get the data then use it to make a good long term plan that helps the whole district.


Even noting that Borlaug will serve mostly Iowa City children, since it is "replacing" Roosevelt, there is still a net gain of no new elementary schools in Iowa City.


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