Letters to the Editor

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

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School board members dedicated

On Sept. 10, you will have an opportunity to vote for School Board members.

Are schools less important than jails? Vote as your response.

There is no lack of issues: enrollment growth in most local districts, building and renovating schools, neighborhood school closures, gradual loss of state and federal funding, more state and federal uniform curriculum requirements with necessary associated testing, effective teacher evaluation, and a two-decade statewide decline in testing scores.

Kudos to the willing candidates. The effective board member is measured by the ability to interact and contribute to collective decisions and is one who listens and considers carefully her or his vote in the context of the good of the district. School board elections are purposely nonpartisan with the candidate’s single most important challenge is to insure the child’s quality education as a public charge.

School board members who operate as described are truly local heroes and heroines. They receive no pay for endless hours of study, meetings, and related work. Since we are frequently divided on decisions rendered in behalf of our children, the board member is regularly under pressure to vote for individual’s requests.

As a retired superintendent of schools in Iowa and Illinois for 30 years, my greatest inspiration was always the privilege of working with these unsung public servants.

Please get out and give these people your support. 

Leonard E. Roberts
Oxford resident

Scofflaws, not homeless, should be targets

I agree with many statements in the editorial “Proposed rules only hide homelessness” (DI, Aug. 26) but feel the need to add more comments:

As far as people being comfortable downtown, we who behave ourselves have to put up with smokers puffing away beside no smoking signs, careless skateboarders, careless bike riders (unlawful), litterers (unlawful), and “screamers.” This group is much more plentiful than the current population under risk of removal because of their looks and poverty.

If any group needs to suffer consequences of their actions, it is the scofflaws described above, primarily young, who feel above the law and act above the law with impunity because they are not ticketed at the same rate and have no fear of serious consequences in Iowa City.

If the daily blotter reflects the actual arrests or ticketing of that group, it is an incredibly smaller rate of police action relative to the size of that population compared with the homeless.

I’d love to see the City Council take a real look at that and do something about it.

Mari Struxness 

Thank you, Walk It Out

The HIV Program and Virology Clinic at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics would like to thank Walk It Out for its generous donation toward patient care in our clinic. Walk It Out is a UI student organization that brings various cultures together annually to showcase their cultures through a multicultural fashion show held at the IMU. For the second-straight year, Walk It Out sought to raise HIV awareness and raise money for an HIV/AIDS-related organization. We are extremely pleased that the donations raised at this year’s event were given to our HIV Patient Fund, housed in the Department of Social Services at the UIHC. More than $3,000 was raised to help support patients in need of assistance for travel to UIHC for their appointments and for other services.

Jack Stapleton, M.D.

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