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BY GUEST COLUMN | NOVEMBER 20, 2013 5:00 AM

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Local chance to fight malaria

Now is your chance to help in the fight against malaria, a disease that kills almost 1 million people a year, by joining the Nothing But Nets campaign to raise funds and awareness about the disease.

After just one mosquito bite, malaria can infect a person and easily overwhelm a weakened immune system, particularly those of children or people living with HIV/AIDS. According to the U.N. Foundation, every 60 seconds, a child dies from malaria. However, if a malaria-carrying mosquito lands on an insecticide treated wall or bed net, it dies, thus ending the cycle of transmission.

You can be play a critical role in stopping the malaria cycle through Nothing But Nets, the world’s largest grass-roots movement to fight malaria. On Dec. 7 from noon-2 p.m., the University of Iowa U.N. Association will host a 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the Field House to raise funds and awareness. Your $5 participation contribution to play will help buy an insecticide-treated bed net that will be delivered to Sub-Saharan Africa, where families will be educated about its use. Sixteen teams will participate, and sign-ups are still taking place, so build a team from your family, friends, or classmates, and help save lives. If interested, please email keelie@unaiowa.org. I also encourage you to just come check out the fun, and learn more about Nothing but Nets.

Elle Pope

Re: Group to explore building solar farm

The exploration needs to be for leading brainpower in Washington.

Back here in Iowa, the greatest abundance for capturing the limitless power of Mother Nature is in wind turbines and not solar energy. The Western United States is the mother lode that has the highest mean daily solar radiation.

We could capture and use geothermal energy from continental North America’s long expanse of the “Ring of Fire” that is the eastern fractured edge of the active tectonic plates where meet those of the Pacific, North American, and Eurasian masses. A lesser amount of energy could be produced by tide and sea displacement generators off the Northeast coast.

Put those four sources of power in balanced contribution on an advanced energy grid, and the nation can go totally electric with so much power that it can be licensed for free individual use, provide economical energy for public and business facilities, electrify low-cost fare and laden high-speed and light rail, be used for on-line electrolytic hydrogen generation for fuel-cell backup when the skies are dark and the wind is still, and have enough left over for export.

To move on into the best times ever in this great land, all we need do is join with the emerging generation and think big and do as big we can think.

“There is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny,” FDR said to another generation in the depths of their Great Depression.

As our current president has said, “Yes, we can.” So why the hell hasn’t he asked us? OK, young college folks, it is time for you to tell him. Hey, these aren’t your father’s or your grandfather’s times on Earth, and it is time to move on.

Sam Osborne


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