Letters to the Editor/Online Comments

BY DI READERS | JULY 08, 2013 5:00 AM

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Not quite rocking Trowbridge

The recent article about Trowbridge Hall in The Daily Iowan (July 3) informed the readers of changes to the building but left out some detail. While it’s nice to see the author getting opinions about the new building, my peers and I thought it would have been apt to interview a geology major or grad student. Not that there is anything wrong with biology majors, certainly, not all the Earth & Environmental Science Majors were away at field camp.

Incredibly insulting, ignorant, and inflaming was the mystery secretary quip about the price of a microprobe. Surely the author could have asked for a name when interviewing “One of the department’s secretaries.” They do have names: Chris Harms and Angie Bellew (whose official title according to the department’s website is Departmental Administrator). These hard-working and wonderful women keep Trowbridge running, and to provide such slight is obnoxious.

Something the article omitted that it could have included had it talked to a student who lives and works in Trowbridge is how the windows project is behind schedule. Now, this happens all the time with big construction projects, and no one is faulting the construction workers. The work and delays have started to impede research.

One of the department’s graduate students has been finishing his dissertation with great difficulty. He had to move out of his office and place his belongings in the hallway. So he’s been working in the office common room, then a computer lab, then to a second computer lab, which is windowless.

Hopefully, his migrations have stopped, and he can get all his work done on time while we await our splendid new windows.

Matthew Burkey

Re: Group hosts anti-NSA, pro-Fourth Amendment rally

Want privacy? Quit using the social networks. If you are not doing anything illegal or that you wouldn’t put in writing, why worry?

Ward Frederick Welsh

You’re right, Ward; if we aren’t doing anything wrong, we certainly don’t deserve our Fourth Amendment rights. Such rights were only granted to criminals. I hope you had a lovely Independence Day. And you called your family yesterday, right? About what time did you check in on them? I was so wrapped up in the day’s festivities I didn’t get around to calling my family and friends until after the fireworks. What about you? Do you make holiday calls in the morning and get them out of the way? Or maybe throughout the day as you think of the ones you love? Well, that’s OK; you can just upload your call log here.

Online user Mo Ra Ha

You could essentially be arrested for ANYTHING you say or write, so long as it can be construed as a threat. “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take away everything you have.” That includes your rights.

Andrew McCulley

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