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BY DI READERS | JULY 25, 2013 5:00 AM

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GOP displays little concern for poor

The Republican Party and the Republican-controlled House of Representatives should be ashamed of themselves for passing a farm bill recently that eliminated food stamps for those in need. That, in itself, emphasizes the importance of the 2014 midterm elections. Voters all over America must go to the polls in record numbers on Election Day to make sure Democrats regain control of the House.

As a body, Republicans show little, or no, concern for supporting and maintaining the needed social safety net. Why aren’t conservatives willing to be community and join with others in pooling our resources to aid the least of our brothers and sisters? I have always been one who wants part of the taxes I pay to the government to go toward social programs. Not for a moment do I feel, or have ever felt, forced by the government to give money to the poor. I willingly and joyfully do so. 

“Survival of the fittest” Republicans remain in perpetual denial when it comes to admitting America has race and poverty problems. They do not deserve to win the presidency and control of Congress ever again until they begin to address these problems with compassion and urgency.

Paul L. Whiteley Sr.

Help the Crisis Center’s food drive

Completing the dreaded task of moving out of your house or apartment in the coming days? You have the opportunity to help others while doing so. Clean out your cupboards and bring your unopened, unexpired food to the Crisis Center’s donation barrels set up at Rummage in the Ramp. The giant garage sale sponsored by the city of Iowa City will occur at the Chauncey Swan parking ramp from Friday through Aug. 3.

All proceeds from the drive will be donated to the Crisis Center’s Food Bank. In addition to helping your hungry neighbors in Johnson County, you will also help the Crisis Center reach its goal of 90,000 pounds of food for the 15th-Annual Thanksgiving in July Community-Wide Food Drive. 

Harmony Hauser
Crisis Center of Johnson County

Re: Overton: Reversing the student-debt boom

Just another example of getting what you want now and not having to pay for it later. It seems that is the main problem we have in the country now with everything else.

Michael Young
director of Public Safety at Washington and Lee University

Re: Downtown boutique to close

I would prefer to see a really good Vienna Beef Chicago style hot dog downtown Iowa City.

Tim Neboda

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