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Re: U.S. must act in Syria

Dan Garon states that “strong opposition to the attack is emanating from both edges” of the political spectrum. Based on what? I am a long-term citizen of the middle class myself. Does that put me “on the edge” of the debate? On the contrary, many of us are right in the middle.

The issue is not complex. Many of us are perfectly capable of engaging in discourse and research on this matter. I know engaging in this action will have a devastating effect on soldiers forced to go and on resources that should be used for our own people.

Garon writes, “We are left to place a degree of trust in the commander in chief.” On the contrary, I believe our solemn duty as citizens is to always question potential actions of our leaders.

Have you read the history of World War II, Mr. Garon? 

Why should America bomb Syria for using poison gas when America did the same thing? It is easy to use the term “modern moral imperative,” but I find no definition, basis, or argument for that phrase. Moral imperatives differ from person to person, always.

Does the statement “hypocrisy is no excuse for inaction” mean a person’s decision to vehemently oppose such an action hypocrisy? If so, then I am a hypocrite. I wonder if Mr. Garon has lost anyone to war. I have.

Mari Struxness

Continue the tuition freeze

I commend Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds, and the state Board of Regents for their continued work to give Iowa college students at our regent universities financial relief. This year, for the first time in more than 30 years, tuition for in-state students attending our regent universities is frozen. Now, Branstad and Reynolds have asked the regents to consider a freeze in tuition for a second-consecutive year, something that hasn’t been done in four decades.

Branstad and Reynolds clearly want to help Iowa students such as me get a quality, affordable education. Iowa offers outstanding public universities, but the fact remains that Iowa ranks No. 3 in the nation in student-loan debt and No. 4 in the number of students with debt. Branstad and Reynolds’ plan to freeze tuition will help Iowa students graduate with less debt.

Iowans should rally behind Branstad, Reynolds, and the regents as they consider this proposal. Providing financial relief encourages students to stay and grow in Iowa.

Drew Turner

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