Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | APRIL 05, 2013 5:00 AM

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Responding to Valentine's Letter to The Daily Iowan (April 3)

Fr. Valentine’s letter to the DI (April 3) was just as illogical as the column of Brianne Richson to which he was responding. 

First, the question isn’t whether an embryo (fertilized egg) or fetus is alive. Of course it’s alive in a biological sense.  However, our society (including the Catholic Church) isn’t much good at respecting or preserving life if it’s not human (or even if it’s human life in some far-off country). 

The debatable questions are when a fertilized egg becomes “human” and when it acquires certain rights relative to the rights of its mother.  The answers to those questions are generally based on religious convictions, so the question becomes whether any religious group(s) should be allowed to impose their convictions on another.    

Gary Gussin
UI Department of Biology

In reponse to: 'Aiding those with special needs' (April 4)

Lauren Coffey’s article (“Aiding those with special needs” 4/4/2013) did a great job of highlighting a University of Iowa program that truly serves Iowans throughout the entire state.

In this economic climate, it is more important than ever that Iowans with disabilities have access to lower cost equipment alternatives. Iowa COMPASS invites all Iowans with adapted equipment to buy or sell to contact us at 800-779-2001 or compass-uers@uiowa.edu. Take a look at the current list on-line at www.iowacompass.org .

Jennifer Britton
UI staff

Expanding Medicaid in Iowa is the most cost-effective choice

The inept leadership of Gov. Terry Branstad and his friends in the Iowa House has produced nothing but a vague, half -baked proposal that will leave tens of thousands of Iowans without coverage, drain our state’s coffers, and raise all Iowans’ health-care costs.

It is clear that expanding Medicaid is the best, most cost-effective way to offer health-care coverage to more than 150,000 working and poor Iowans. Expanding Medicaid will save the state of Iowa tens of millions of dollars in state expenditures. Furthermore, this will help slow down the rising cost of health-care premiums for all Iowans by reducing the number of uninsured Iowans seeking health care in hospital emergency rooms.

Health-care advocates across the state have teamed up to host rallies in numerous cities on April 7 to keep the pressure on Branstad and the Iowa House. Join Americans for Democratic Action and Working Families Win in Waterloo or attend one of our Healthiest Iowa Initiative events in Des Moines or Ames.

Chris Schwartz
Americans for Democratic Action

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