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BY DI READERS | SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 5:00 AM

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Vote for Cole

I urge Iowa City residents to vote for Rockne Cole for the at-large City Council position. My family has lived in Iowa City for the last 30 years in the Scott Park neighborhood. Rockne is hard-working, intelligent, collegial, and very articulate. He will be both a leader and an effective problem-solver on the council. He will be a strong defender of our historic neighborhoods and move Iowa City forward on the path of toward sustainable, progressive growth. Join me in voting Cole for council on Nov. 5.

Paul McAndrew Jr.
Iowa City resident

Lost babies

“Do you guys have any kids?”

It seems like a simple question, but for many it is difficult to answer. We’ve lost two babies, both in the second trimester of pregnancy — our beautiful daughter and our precious son. We will never see their smiles, hear their giggles, or dry their tears. So when asked if we have children, the answer is not easy.

Oct. 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness day. All over the world, people are encouraged to light a candle at 7 p.m. in their time zone.

If you know that someone has lost a pregnancy, be helpful by recognizing the profound significance of losing a baby. A simple acknowledgement like “I’m so sorry for your loss” is so appreciated. By being aware that pregnancy loss is common, you can be helpful simply by being sensitive to how you approach this subject.

Many people who have not experienced such a loss may not realize that a period of grieving is necessary. For some, the grief is a public and lengthy experience. Others may grieve in silence.

If you have experienced pregnancy or infant loss, do not expect to be “over it” within any specific time. Grief has no absolutes.

Join us in lighting a candle on Oct. 15 in support of families who have been affected by pregnancy and infant loss and also to raise awareness of this all too common, yet often unspoken heartbreak.

Amy and Barry A’Hearn

Who made money on underage kids?

Iowa City bar owners claimed for years, in the debate leading up to the implementation of the 21-ordinance, that they weren’t selling alcohol to underage kids, that they weren’t making any money off underage kids, and that their opposition to the 21-ordinance was strictly out of concern for the students’ safety (or potential lack thereof at the thousands of dangerous house parties that bar owners claimed would spring up once the law was passed).

What this law has meant in reality, and why it continues to have such strong opposition from the bar owners in Iowa City, can be summed up in one number: the number of bars that have closed in Iowa City since the passage of the law.

All of the bar owners that claimed they weren’t making any money off of underage kids drinking in their establishments started running out of money and closing up shop the minute the law passed. Very interesting.

Online user clarkshorneau


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