Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | OCTOBER 28, 2013 5:00 AM

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What’s with the smoke

On April 15, 2008, the Iowa Smokefree Air Act was signed into law to protect the general public from the many dangers of smoking by prohibiting smoking in most public places, enclosed places of employment, and in some outdoor areas. Later that year, on July 1, the law went into effect. On the same day, smoking also became banned on the entire University of Iowa campus. Smoking is prohibited in all university-owned buildings, university-owned or -leased vehicles, and on all university grounds.

There are many signs around the university, especially in highly trafficked areas, to promote the university as such. A group of students and I went to some of these areas to observe the smoking habits of the people around and also conduct a survey to gather more information from students walking around campus.

Our results were incredible and showed us that we need to work harder to promote our university as a smoke-free area. Notably, 63.1 pecent of students said they have not ever seen the smoke-free policy enforced, and 77.5 percent of students said that they see smoking regularly on campus more than three times daily. Also, to add to this data, more than three-fourths of students said they see smoking near the “no smoking” signs on campus. Because both smoking and secondhand smoke is such a danger to our bodies, we must work to better promote the University of Iowa as a smoke-free campus, and find a way to cut down the numbers of people who are not following this policy. It is my hope that with the help of others, we can try to rectify this ongoing issue.

Michaela Agey

Vote for Mims

Susan Mims has made significant contributions during her first term on Iowa City’s City Council. She helped in selecting the new city manager, Tom Markus, and stressed the need and pushed for adopting a city-wide strategic plan to help guide planning and policy making for our city. Other accomplishments include reduced property tax levy and the 21-ordinance.

But there’s still much to be accomplished. Looking to the future, Susan has identified several issues of key importance — continued attention to financial matters, taking advantage of and welcoming diversity for our community, public safety, economic development to expand the tax base, and continued neighborhood stabilization across the community.

Susan is a 36-year resident of Iowa City. She and her husband, Fred, raised their children here and have been extensively engaged and involved in our community. That community experience, as well as her education and professional background make her an excellent council member. She’s an analytical and independent thinker, knowledgeable about fiscal issues, and a thoughtful listener.

Please vote on or before Nov. 5. And when you do, I hope you’ll join me in voting to re-elect Susan Mims to the City Council.

Patricia Heiden

Also backs Mims

I support Susan Mims for re-election to the Iowa City City Council.

If you’re really interested in growth and diversity for Iowa City, you need to choose someone such as Susan Mims. An Iowa City resident for more than 36 years, Susan brings fiscal responsibility to the council by carefully prioritizing expenditures. Her work ethic is legendary. The mountains of reading she takes home to study is impressive.

Susan carefully thinks through all issues and makes decisions that are best for our community. She’s a great communicator and even better, she listens. I hope you agree and will join me in voting to reelect Susan Mims.

Terri Stoner

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