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Letters to the Editor/Online Comments

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

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50 years later

It does not seem possible that 50 years have passed since the fateful Associated Press flash bulletin from Dallas came across the clattering teletype machines in the Daily Iowan newsroom, telling us that President Kennedy had died.

To be part of the Daily Iowan crew that day, which united to assemble and publish The Daily Iowan's ‘Extra’ edition, was an event unequaled in my 45 year career in newspaper photography.

That day produced, instantly, a new generation of journalists. We, now aging former Daily Iowan staffers, will never forget the electricity of that moment.

Bob Nandell
Former assistant photographer
The Daily Iowan

Let RVAP handle it

I agree with the author. The e-mails from the university were ham-handed and full of confused language that alternated between half-assed condemnation of perpetrators and veiled and not-so-veiled victim-blaming. It may be to the university’s benefit to turn this process (i.e., the process of writing these emails) completely over to RVAP, as RVAP seems to be the campus organization that knows what it’s doing.

Matt Drabek

Ethanol in the mix

And what is this mysterious superior fuel you neglected to mention? Brazil has, does, and will continue to do quite well with its ethanol production. Certainly, it has a huge advantage using sugar cane over corn as the raw material. However, it may be that technology will be developed to more efficiently produce ethanol from corn if researchers are given enough time and money. Ethanol will never be the only fuel to replace/supplement gasoline, but it needs to be kept in the mix.

Kenneth Moore

Re: Your brain on Adderall

Does the possibility exist that the youth of today have attention struggles because they refuse to turn off their cell phones? I suspect they would be surprised how they may focus in the absence of social-media notifications.

Ross Rayner

Agreed. I don’t know that you’re born with the ability to pay attention. I think a lot of it’s learned. My kids are now in late high school and early college, and what I’ve seen over the years is that few people (including parents) make kids pay attention or at the very least, sit quietly. If you don’t learn to do it, you don’t do it.

I’m not saying that there’s no such thing as ADHD. I just wonder how much of what we call ADHD today is really that and how much of it is never learning the self-control required to pay attention?

Online user rb6banjo


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