Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | OCTOBER 01, 2012 6:30 AM

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Writing in candidate

With all this hoopla about early voting, I have received my absentee ballot and am excited to cast my first vote in a general election. When I received my ballot yesterday, I couldn’t help but notice that there was only one option for Iowa House.

This isn’t a big deal; it happens all the time, and because it is a local House race in a presidential election, it’s marked less newsworthy. This year, I will write myself in despite the fact that it violates Article III, Section 4, of the Iowa Constitution, because I am underage to be a legislator.

I know my one vote will not change the outcome of the election, and my small little protest will make little difference in the state of Iowa’s political environment, but I did want to share why I am not voting for the incumbent and instead writing myself in.

The biggest reason I won’t support Rep. Vicki Lensing is that I believe that the state of Iowa should not spend more money than we take in. My mindset has always been: Less spending means less government interfering in my life. The last two years, Lensing supported many amendments that would have raised our state budget and inflated government.

I just wanted to remind all voters on campus that if you don’t see a name on the ballot that you don’t necessarily support, you don’t have to vote for them just because they are on the ballot; you may write in a person you think would do a fantastic job and represent your values better than anyone else. I would encourage you to truly look at the candidates and don’t just vote for someone because her or she is your only choice. But, most important, get out and vote this fall.

Thomas Biedenfeld
University of Iowa freshman

Big exam: Vote

Reminder to college voters: you have a major exam coming up on Nov. 6. You can ace this exam, using the knowledge resources and diverse thought that are a part of your university experience. And, after all, you have much at stake in this election.

The process of determining votes should reflect the complex roles of our elected leaders, who must balance the needs of many constituents, consider the long-term effect and fairness of decisions, and have a broad vision about how limited resources can best be used. Your vote should be a judgment of which policies, which contrasting proposals, and ultimately which candidates best further these broad governing principles.

But there’s a lot of campaign money being spent to ensure that campaigns will be won by isolating narrow voting blocs and pandering to their self-interests. This is about “divide and conquer.” Don’t fall for it — governing is about uniting! Instead, help tip the balance toward the thoughtful voting our democracy needs.

You have unequaled access to the information needed to objectively evaluate voting options. Beyond libraries and classrooms, you engage with faculty and students with diverse personal experience and academic and career interests — a microcosm of our nation. Foreign students help you to understand America’s role abroad. All these resources and engagements have prepared you to make sound voting decisions.

So think through your positions on the issues and candidates, be properly and accurately registered to vote by Oct. 9, and vote without fail on Nov. 6.

Larry Nevin

Bond referendum

An important bond referendum in Johnson County for a Justice Center is on the ballot this November.

I was initially skeptical about building a Justice Center. We have had several examples of questionable public spending here in recent years. I was inclined to vote no, simply as a protest.

But I got to thinking about our government’s most important needs. I believe providing a system of justice and adequately funding law enforcement is of fundamental importance. Why not judge a bond referendum on its merits?

After talking with people close to the situation at the Courthouse and Jail, and having reviewed inadequacies of our current facilities, I’m convinced that now is the time to make improvements.
I understand commercial property taxes in Iowa hinder economic development. Our Legislature continues to work on an acceptable solution. In the meantime, we need to address the urgent space, security, and accessibility issues of the existing Courthouse and Jail.

I understand that economic recovery is painstakingly slow. But consider all the public buildings and public works projects completed across the nation during the Great Depression of the 1930s, many of which are still in use today. To be paralyzed by fear won’t improve the economy.

A Justice Center is a real need. Not just a want. The decision is yours. I hope you will join me in voting yes on the bond referendum.

Mike Streb
Iowa City resident

Choose carefully

With the November elections fast approaching, it’s time to ask which party do we truly want overseeing things.

Do we want people in charge who will do things such as …

• Use taxpayer moneys to “save” American jobs?
• Cater to the slackers by taking more from the producers/achievers in the name of “the common good?”
• Ally with those who would deny us the right to self-defense and appease the “one-world-government” crowd?
• Ally with entities such as unions, trial lawyers, and lobbyists; nevermind what such alliances mean to your rights or to your family’s well being?
• Ally with those who hate America, the West, and Israel?
• Cater to the lowest parts of the human character?

Or, do we want dependable statesmen who will use their positions to …

• Create an environment where businesses can take risks?
• Encourage more Americans to contribute to the betterment of the greater whole?
• Ensure that all our Constitutional rights (including the Second Amendment) remain whole and uncompromised?
• Ensure that individuals, businesses, and households can take care of their own affairs according to the dictates of their own consciences?
• Ensure that America’s interests, and our alliance with Israel, remain whole and uncompromised?
• Challenge Americans to aspire to a higher standard?

Lloyd A. Marshall Jr.

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