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RE: ‘Trees don’t freeze, people do,” DI, Nov. 7

Many knitters participate in charitable knitting projects year round. Hundreds of hats, mittens, scarves, afghans, shawls, socks and baby booties, and hats are donated to various causes, organizations, hospitals, and hospice facilities in our community and worldwide. It would be foolish for you or others to assume that knitters were forced to make a choice to either knit for a tree or a person, bec ause that would indicate we only undertake one project per year. Most knitters easily complete several projects per month, some even per week.

As you mentioned, this specific project is a community art installation. While knitting is a very practical skill set, it is also a fiber art. Unfortunately, it is rarely seen as the latter by much of the general public.

As a knitter, that is insulting. How many artists painting the benches or murals downtown were told that their contribution was frivolous, because individuals in the community need help painting their houses?  

I assume none. Please don’t pigeonhole knitters. I can confidently assure you that we contribute more than you know. I also encourage you to learn a fiber art and contribute yourself.

Anna Salino-Hugg
UI student

RE: ‘Proposed Johnson County justice-center bond referendum fails to pass’

You clearly have no idea what the justice center entails. Forty percent of all Johnson County inmates are black, while only 5 percent of the Johnson County population is black. Do you support racism? Inequality? Well, that’s what you are supporting if you want this new jail. Does it not surprise you that they hide what the actual project is under the guise of “justice”? It’s a jail. Simple as that. We do not need any more jails. The police should stop arresting so many students and focus more on violent offenders.

Jordan Gillard

RE: ‘Trees don’t freeze, people do’

I appreciate that you want to give back and want others to give back, but some of us don’t define giving back quite so narrowly as you do. I believe that putting a smile on people’s faces (including, by the way, a homeless man who was watching as knitters put up the treehuggers), is a valid form of giving back. I’m quite proud to be a part of a community that recognizes that public welfare comes in many forms. So, a big thank you to the city, to Home Ec, and to all the volunteers who contributed. Making the world a better place is never an insult. We can’t all do everything, but we can all do something.

Caroline Sheerin

I just want to add to the previous comment and mention that giving in one way does not preclude giving in another. Many of the knitters who participated in this art project are active in many other civic organizations in town, including the ones you mention. Supporting local art, whether it is knitting for trees, painting benches, or distributing downtown pianos, does not mean failing to remember that there are people in need in Iowa City.


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