Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | OCTOBER 09, 2012 6:30 AM

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Guilty journalism

Your Oct. 8 editorial “Romney, Obama conflict on immigration policy,” is wrong. There is no conflict because both candidates refuse to address the following issue that is completely ignored by the media.

Look at any immigration news story in the country, and you will find missing any recognition of the following. While 23 million Americans are unable to find full-time work, the federal government is allowing 7 million illegal aliens to keep their jobs in the construction, manufacturing, transportation, and service industries, and each year admitting more than 1 million legal immigrants, most with few skills and little education who then compete with the most vulnerable of our native-born in a dismal jobs market. 

Yes, “immigration and the economy affect each other directly,” but you’d never know it by reading your daily newspaper or watching the 10 p.m. news.

Today’s journalists are as guilty of betraying their fellow citizens as those we send to Congress to “represent” us.

Dave Gorak

Religion without dogma?

The headline of The Daily Iowan caught my eye. "Religion without dogma," it said. Written about the Unitarian Universalist Association, the article included a short summary of its views, its growth, and interviews with members and ministers.

Can the Unitarians have religion without dogma? The dictionary definition of dogma is simply “an official system of principles or tenets concerning faith, morals, behavior, etc., as of a church.” The official website of the Unitarian Universalist Association makes these statements: “There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote”; “Unitarian Universalism draws from many sources”; and “These principles and sources of faith are the backbone of our religious community.” I think that meets the definition of dogma.

I would also argue that none of us as individuals can have religion without dogma. We all believe in something, and to say that you can have some form of religion, faith, or belief without dogmas or principles is self-contradictory. Whether you believe in God, Buddha, evolution, humanism, or your own virtue, you are living your life according to some set of principles based on what you believe.

The words “dogma” and “dogmatic” have become something of negative buzz words, and while it’s true that there are some terrible dogmas out there, this does not mean that it is wrong or close-minded to follow a certain belief or dogma. We all believe in something, and we all follow dogmas associated with those beliefs. I do not mean to convey that I think all beliefs, religions, and dogmas are true, but that is beyond the scope of this letter.

So I challenge you; don’t believe the people who say you can have religion without dogma, and think about what belief you are basing your life on. Is it true?

Karlin Stutzman
Cedar Rapids

Sh*tty towers

I f**king hate those three new towers. They say “growth” and “development” are good because they provide appropriate spaces for businesses to grow and provide services and employ people and pay taxes.  

I say “development” provides ugly rooms for businesses to pay lots and lots of rent and provide overpriced unwanted services and employ only people who are good enough and pay taxes that are going to be spent on another sh*tty tower, and tower-owners get rich on the deal by screwing everyone over.  

Their attitude is “building towers is fun; we’re doing it.” 

They’re f**king with our landscape and our town. Instead, they should ask us if we would like them to build a tower and pay very close attention. I would only support the tower if it were owned by we the people, and LEED-certified, with a Backyard Abundance garden on top. They say my opinion is small-minded and unimportant. I say, Then why don’t you reach out and ask everybody whose town you think you’re going to excavate how they feel and see if we might not do something about it. I work and study in Iowa City.

Lorelei Barth Coffin

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