Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | OCTOBER 14, 2013 5:00 AM

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Vote for Mims

As a longtime resident of Iowa City, I’ve always taken a keen interest in city government.

I believe we’re blessed to live in one of the finest communities anywhere, and this is due in no small part to the quality of our city government and dedication of city council members.

Susan Mims has a productive history of service to our community, first on the School Board and for the past four years as a stellar councilor. I strongly support her re-election based on her performance. For instance, our city enjoys a AAA bond rating, a result of sound fiscal policies supported by Susan.

She exhibits the honesty and integrity necessary for extraordinary performance on behalf of all of us. Her decisions are based on the courage of her convictions, and her judgments result from hard work and commitment to the people of Iowa City.

I’m proud to have supported Susan for her first term and urge folks to allow her to continue to serve us for another term. Please vote this November to re-elect Susan Mims to Iowa City’s City Council.

This is a great community. Let’s keep it that way.

Ernie Lehman
Iowa City resident

Keep 21-only

As a parent of college-age children, I encourage Iowa City voters to vote “No” on Nov. 5, which will maintain the 21-ordinance. This will protect the statute prohibiting people 21 and younger from patronizing establishments after 10 p.m. whose main purpose is to serve alcohol.

Since the ordinance took effect, the city has seen fewer fights, less vandalism, a reduction in high-risk drinking among students, and fewer student arrests. This is a positive situation all around. Please remember that the petition to repeal the law was presented by a bar owner and a bar manager, who have financial interests at heart.

It is embarrassing to have the University of Iowa labeled as a major party school and to subsequently see our community mocked as a result. We are in the process of turning this image around. Let’s keep moving in the right direction. Please vote to keep the ordinance in place.

Julie Eisele

Support choice

The states and federal government have no right to interfere in a woman’s right to choose. How many times does this issue have to be won?

Men have the right to obtain vasectomies. I doubt there has ever been any proposal put forward in any legislature to hamper with their wishes to get these vasectomies.

My belief is if someone does not wish to have an abortion, then that person should not get one, while accepting the responsibility personally for care and upbringing of the baby.

This ridiculous distinction between the rights of men choosing to have surgeries to protect from unwanted pregnancies, while the rights for women to have an abortion continue to be attacked, violates the Constitution, which is supposed to ensure equal treatment to all persons, regardless of race, situation, and gender. Can’t the Iowa Legislature find something better to do?

Mari Struxness 

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