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Letters to the Editor/Online Comments

BY DI READERS | OCTOBER 09, 2013 5:00 AM

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Re: Economic fears rising

I am not in the least bit optimistic about the country’s economic outlook. I tend to think in terms of “conservative” and “liberal” rather than political parties. I recently read that the brains of liberals and conservatives differ at the cellular level.

I believe that there is always welfare. However, conservatives and liberals tend to differ on which segment of the population will get it.

Currently, we (liberals and low-income people) tend to believe that people who need it should get assistance, especially if they have children, without assigning any blame for their situation.

Now, for many conservatives, I believe they want to “conserve” the bulk of monetary assets for those who have already have lots of money rather than those in need.

Do some of the recent horrendous bailouts come to mind? Those people are doing just fine. How are the people, through no fault of their own, supposed to survive without assistance? 

Mari Struxness

Re: Eliminate Native American mascots

The term “Hawkeye” originally appeared in the book The Last of the Mohicans and was later used in its plural form to describe the people of Iowa. The University of Iowa adopted this as the nickname for its athletics teams.

The main hero in the book is Nathaniel Bumpo, or Hawkeye, as he was called by those who knew him. He was a deadly accurate shot who killed many, many Native Americans. So I think it is fair to say the nickname honors a “redskin” killer. What say you to that information?

Bruce Dunlap

Re: Iowa senator introducing bill to legalize medicinal marijuana

When a loved one is wasting away unable to eat due to chemotherapy, AIDS wasting syndrome, or multiple sclerosis, and needs this marvelous herb in order to increase the appetite, reduce the overwhelming pain, and live as as healthy and happily as they can with the time they have left, let’s have the compassion to allow them to have it.

Stop treating medical marijuana patients like second-rate citizens and common criminals by forcing them to the dangerous black market for their medicine.

Risking incarceration to obtain the medicine you need is no way to be forced to live.

Online user Brian Kelly B Bizzle


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