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It has been my privilege and pleasure to utilize Johnson County SEATS as my main means of transportation to be an active and contributing member of this community for 17 years.

Currently, SEATS is providing close to 500 trips a day, and the requests for trips is growing. The ridership is very diverse in that SEATS serves individuals with mental illness, physical disabilities, cognitive limitations, and the elderly community. This transportation is an integral part of our community in linking persons with unique needs to jobs, recreation, and services.

The people of Iowa City and Johnson County pay high taxes to live and enjoy this progressive and diverse community. Dismantling such a coordinated service would greatly affect the quality of life for many people who use it and their families, friends, and supporters.

SEATS is interwoven with the rest of the support system that exists in the Iowa City/Coralville area for people with disabilities. SEATS is a premier coordinated service that other communities could learn from, and we need to preserve such a well-organized, coordinated, and experienced program.

Please join the Save our SEATS campaign and sign the online petition. You can find the petition at signon.org/sign/save-johnson-county-seats. The petition will be presented to the Iowa City Council, Coralville City Council, and Johnson County Board of Supervisors.

I know that this community can figure this problem out so we can continue to fund SEATS. I would like to change our direction in thinking that the problem is not whether to fund SEATS, but instead, how we can work together to financially support SEATS.

Casey Hayse
Iowa City resident

RE: ‘New UI School of Music building plans sustainable’

I hope this means the current Riverside Rehearsal Hall will become the location of the new museum of art. It will be high and dry for the next flood. Or is the UI going to insist on taking over all of downtown Iowa City? That was the plan it tried to implement in the 1970s urban renewal in the downtown. Putting the School of Music on a major intersection (Highway 1) and boxed in by the post office and the county office/court house one block south sounds like poor planning for expansion. Or is there a plan to take over those locations, too?


Organic farmers are honest

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. The overwhelming majority of organic farmers in the United States and Canada are honest and hard-working. And guess what? They don’t care if their neighbors use genetically-modified seed. It’s the urban leaders of the organic movement who stoke irrational fear, not farmers.

I’ve inspected more than 500 organic farmers in the United States and Canada. I’ve communicated with another 1,000-plus organic farmers since I performed my last inspection. And I can attest that the activists are using organic farmers for the misguided political end of curtailing the use of modern science and technology in agriculture. Shameful.

Mischa Popoff

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