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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | NOVEMBER 27, 2012 6:30 AM

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Rocky journalism

As someone who uses the University of Iowa's rock-climbing wall frequently, I was excited to read in the Metro section of Monday's paper that the wall would be reopening this week. After conversations with several friends, it became apparent that the wall was still closed indefinitely.

This article exemplifies the type of lazy journalism that has plagued The Daily Iowan as of late. The author of this article cites the Rec Center website as his source. It would make a lot more sense to consult university officials about the matter.

The metro section of a newspaper is supposed to inform people about local news and events. How can it do that when its journalists are not using credible sources?

Austin Bell
UI student

RE: 'Make walking safer in Iowa City'

Education for both pedestrians and drivers wouldn't hurt, either. The rules for both in Iowa City are available on both the city and university websites. If people followed them better, accidents could be avoided.

Andrew Millson

I agree with the general idea of this article but also think it's worth mentioning other problematic areas. Dubuque Street has no pedestrian accommodations at all between Church and Market. (Like all intersections, there is a crosswalk there, regardless of whether it's marked, in which drivers have the responsibility to yield — but none of them are going to do it.) Dodge and Governor are also have no signals between the same intersections and also between Jefferson and Burlington, which is also student — and pedestrian — heavy. The hills probably make it even worse in these areas.

I'd like to see targeted enforcement of failure to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks such as these (or anywhere, for that matter, but I think most drivers at least know how ones with signals are supposed to work). This would be a great educational opportunity that could help improve safety. In the meantime, I think pedestrians can help by being legal (there's a lot of carelessness near downtown — at least look before you jump out against a signal) but also more assertive when they should have right of way. Don't hesitate — walk. Be careful enough you don't get literally run over (though ideally you shouldn't have to worry about this), but don't let drivers figuratively run over your rights. This is possible. Most drivers in bigger cities (e.g. Washington, D.C., in which I've spent a lot of time) really get this. I don't see why we can't do the same here.

Robert Morris


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