Letter to the Editor / Online Comments

BY DI READERS | JANUARY 23, 2013 5:00 AM

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Letter to the Editor

I am writing this letter to express my disappointment with the [School] Board’s decision to move forward with the diversity policy as written.

Why is the diversity policy and its importance to the community any different from the recent redistricting policy presented in 2010-2011, when various committees were formed to provide input about our schools’ boundaries and listening posts were scheduled throughout the community? Why did the board feel it was imperative to have public input when redistricting was being considered even though not every student/family in the district would be affected?

Superintendent [Stephen] Murley has publicly stated that this diversity policy will affect every family/student in the district yet, only a select few individuals on the East Side of town have provided input. That the district’s teachers’ union does not support this policy is notable and should be cause for concern.

This is obviously an emotional issue. However, the board has an opportunity to bring this community together in drafting a diversity policy with measurable goals. This should involve slowing the process down in order to obtain thorough input from the entire community. I urge the board to reconsider its votes passing the second reading of the diversity policy.  

Additionally, I urge the board to consult the National School Board Association’s manual titled “Achieving Education Excellence for All: A Guide to Diversity-Related Policy Strategies for School Districts” at www.nsba.org/educationexcellenceforall.  

[It states] “our hope is that local leaders at all levels of the school community, from the school board members to educators, to superintendents and parents, use this resource to move the conversation forward about the importance of diversity as a means for achieving educational goals, and they do so in a way that is not only legally sound, but also reflects the best values of the communities they serve."

Angela Rogers
Coralville resident

Online Comments

RE: “Medical marijuana good for patients”

I can’t wait for day when the nonbelievers finally see the light. This should start a path to question if they are even capable of being able to represent their actual state.

MoronicMime Here

On Feb. 17, 2010, after reviewing testimony from four public hearings and reading through more than 10,000 pages of submitted material, members of the Iowa Board of Pharmacy unanimously voted to recommend that the Iowa Legislature remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Iowa Controlled Substances Act. Source: “Iowa Board of Pharmacy recommends rescheduling marijuana.” The Northern Iowan. Feb. 2, 2010.

Kevin Hunt

RE: “Support rises from both parties to legalize medical marijuana in Iowa”

It makes perfect sense. Heat up a plant and get immediate relief with very few side effects. You may also vaporize cannabis, ingest it in the form of tinctures or foods, juice the leaves, or eat hemp seeds — all with proven health benefits. We need to get over this squabbling about “smoking” it and begin to research the best methods of ingestion for maximum benefits. It is science.

Lively Libra

So much potential with this plant, it is ridiculous. [It] could help our economy boost, so many medical uses, less crime rate for our state — and it just goes on and on. Look at the pros and cons, people: marijuana is meant to be legal. There are so many good people out here that are dealing with the law because of petty marijuana charges, it’s just not right. Let’s get this bill passed.

Joe Ayala

RE: “Iowa City businesses giving back ‘For The Kids’”

My grandson is director of the 2013 Dance Marathon, and for six years, he has praised the business partnership that Dance Marathon has with Iowa City. The city helps make this one of the biggest college events in the United States. Thank you for caring.

Embry Valentine

RE: “Commentary: Iowa back on Tourney Track after big win over Badgers”

How novel it would be to read of a coach, sportswriter, fan speak of winning a conference title. How many DI and DII teams [are] eligible for [the] NCAA Tournament? — 128 get in, right? Quite a feat, I say. Any team worth its salt gets in the NCAA. How about a Big Ten title? Same goes for you, Coach Ferentz. How about an outright Big Ten title. Unique it would be.

Ross Kenneth Rayner

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