Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | JANUARY 28, 2013 5:00 AM

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Sleeping ban, gated community

The Board of Trustees passing of a ban against sleeping in the library has more to do with gated community that the Ped Mall promises to become than with people napping in the library. I presented such a case at the City Council on Jan. 22. 

All one has to do is place a guard at the Ped Mall entrance of the library, close off Linn Street, close off Washington, the Sheridan Hotel already closes off Dubuque Street, then gate Washington — and one has a perfect gated community.

Why is sleeping such a menace when cell phones use and disruptive behavior by teens at the computers are ignored? At least those who are asleep cause no physical danger to other patrons. If people snore, then have a security guard wake then, warn them, and if the behavior continues, put them out. Snoring is not a crime, but hypocrisy certainly is.

Why doesn’t the Public Library get the second-floor restrooms and the snack room in compliance with ADA requirements for handicap key entrances? I have complained numerous times to the City Council and members of the board that one day, someone will soil herself because the person does not have the upper body strength to open the restroom doors. Then the person(s) will sue the city. 
Two years ago, a lawyer from Des Moines contacted me and told me that the only way the library can be forced to comply with ADA is to sue the board itself. 

Sleeping in the library today — walking in the Ped Mall tomorrow will soon be a crime.

Mary Gravitt
Iowa City resident

Congress must act on debt

Education was a good thing they told me; college was a good thing. Now that I am in the midst of my college career, I’m not so sure.

I am almost done and am now starting to think about how to pay back all my loans I accrued during college: and not just loans, interest. Come July 1, interest rates on college loans are set to double, and Congress will have another decision to make.

The outcome of the current fiscal debate weighs on this issue as well. If the growing debt isn’t addressed properly, interest rates will rise and jobs will be lost. Think about those graduating this spring. Interest rates will rise, and they won’t be able to find a job to pay back their debt because of the state of the economy because Congress didn’t act.

That’s why I’ve joined the Campaign to Fix the Debt — a bipartisan organization that’s pushing for Congress to finally address the long-term trajectory of our national debt.

Congress has decisions to make, and these decisions affect everyone, including my classmates and me. They affect my job prospects, my financial stability, and my future. Congress needs to take purposeful steps towards a solution and create a process and timeline to achieve it.

Amy Speer
UI student

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