Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | OCTOBER 21, 2013 5:00 AM

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Keep 21-only

Three years have passed since the 21-ordinance went into effect in Iowa City, and none of the doom and gloom predictions of the opposition have come to pass. In fact, the measure seems to have had a net positive for all parties involved.

They predicted that the policy wouldn’t work, that students would still continue on with drinking endeavors. While students may still choose to drink, the data show that high-risk drinking rates are on a downward trend. Calls for service for serious infractions downtown are also on a declining trend. Downtown Iowa City is a safer place.

They predicted that there would be an explosion of house parties. With less focus on enforcement needed downtown, police have been able to step up patrols in neighborhoods, and the vision of students wild in the streets has not come to pass. Our neighborhoods are places for us all to congregate.

They predicted that the ordinance would cripple business downtown and we would see places close up. Some did when their patrons were no longer allowed in, but as a result we got wonderful places like Basta, Clinton Street Social Club, and soon FilmScene. Our downtown is better and more vibrant.

They predicted that the university would suffer and students would choose not to come, yet our enrollment remains strong. Our university is still an inviting and appealing destination for students.
The 21-ordinance has worked, is working, and should be allowed to continue to work.

Greg Thompson

Grassley hypocritical

Sen. Chuck Grassley’s vote to align himself with a miscreant gas bag from Texas shows the senator for life at his hypocritical best. I would remind the senator, who has been dining at the public trough for over 50 years that when he first arrived in the Senate, his salary was a mere $89,000 per year.
Back when the Senate actually enacted laws, Grassley and his cohorts raise their wages a whopping $30,000, with the provision that they would not lose any wages if they shut down the government.

Grassley’s absurd rationale for his debt-ceiling vote was the increase in the size of the nation’s debt. This increase in the debt should come as no surprise to this individual, who not only has been giving himself a raise for more than 30 years to $175,000 per year but also voted to support two unfunded wars despite never having combat experience, favored an unfunded prescription bill for Medicare recipients, and, of course, received his annual farm subsidy.

Don Friedman

Vote for Mims

When you vote in the upcoming Nov. 5 election, I hope one of your votes will be to re-elect Susan Mims to Iowa City City Council.

Currently serving as mayor pro tem, Susan was initially elected in 2009.  Since that time, she has successfully promoted adopting a strategic plan for city government, in addition to zoning changes and other decisions designed to promote neighborhood stabilization, reduce property taxes, and encourage industrial development.

Recognized for her integrity and practical approach to discussion and decision-making, Susan intends to continue being a productive part of governing for what’s in the best interest for Iowa City and the surrounding community, which continues to be a metro area growing in population and industrial/commercial development.

On or before Nov. 5, I’ll cast my vote for Susan Mims.  I hope you’ll do the same.

Tom Brands

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