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BY DI READERS | NOVEMBER 11, 2013 5:00 AM

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Re: Johnson County officials split on LEED certification for secondary-roads facility

The Johnson County Health and Human Services building can have all the LEED certification it wants, but if it’s a building that doesn’t contribute to the urban fabric of Iowa City by encouraging a transit-, bike-, and pedestrian-friendly neighborhood around it —it’s externalities will never be what anyone can call “green.” I love an energy-efficient building that works as it should, but often they just don’t.

Donald Baxter

Free (or 21) at last

Thoughts on the barricade standing firm against a reign of terror befalling downtown Iowa City:
Before the “Liberty, Quality, Fraternity” tripartite motto of France got born of revolution in that land, the same sentiment (in varying words, along with a lack of sharing broadly what they meant in the lives of individuals as sensed in the union of many) had led to the institution of our form of government with a declared purpose of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This intent has seemed to work best when its entitlement has been shared broadly by the most citizens possible and when the choices are varying and many for many.

When such access for all is selectively denied to a few for the overall good of supposed many, such discrimination is met with some resentment and a lot of disregard. Thus Prohibition seems to have worked well in the minds of those who did not resent and openly disregard its institution and this while others let off steam in good spirit at house parties of the era where the bathtub gin did overflow.

Oh my, where was all of that forgoing going? As uncertainly forward as Iowa City’s attempt to make of the post-10-o’clock downtown of the community a trouble-free zone. And since we’re at it (as whatever “it” was once famously queried to be), why don’t we the people also prohibit anyone under 21 from serving or preparing to served in the armed forces of the United States of American or the Iowa National Guard and particularly ROTC?

Beyond being harmful to young individuals, there is collateral damage to any and all ages. So no to entry into the military until people’s 21st birthdays, then they can go and sign up and at the bar lift a parting glass in toast of "Liberty, Quality, Fraternity — Free at last, free at last.

Sam Osborne


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