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Letters to the Editor/Online Comments

BY DI READERS | SEPTEMBER 27, 2013 5:00 AM

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When first asked what qualifications I look for in a City Council candidate, I didn’t have a quick answer. Later, I came up with a short list of three.

First, I believe candidates must have a background of accomplishments (such as active involvement in some or all of business, education, financial planning, or engineering).

Second, they must have the courage to manage our tax money so it supports the needs of the entire city (such as water, sewer, roads, police, and fire).

Third, they need to have shown empathy for the underserved.

I have many times tried to add to this list, but nothing seems to be as important as my first three. I believe Susan Mims fits my model. More to the point, she has been an asset to our city and council in her first term.

Pete Vanderhoef
Iowa City resident

Re: Sycamore Mall to be rebranded as Iowa City Marketplace

I remember when they proposed this mall and tore down some very distinguished, yet crumbling Victorian houses to make way. The area was filled with artists and that section of town was vibrant. I was in high school at the time; anyone in my grade (10th) could have told them the whole design was dead on delivery. The improvements probably will not make a difference. What a waste.

Elizabeth Zima


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