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Thanks for the help (and the music)

The 1105 Project collaboration wants to thank University of Iowa music alum and current UI employee Gerhild Krapf — and those who attended her Nov. 16 recital — for generating nearly $2,500 toward our building fund. Our thanks also to the Congregational United Church of Iowa City for allowing Gerhild to use its sanctuary for the recital and her many hours of practice. Without these gifts, the event would not have been possible.

Free-will donations from about 100 of the concert guests will help pay for extensive renovations to the building at 1105 Gilbert Court, where the Free Lunch Program, Domestic Violence Intervention Program, National Alliance on Mental Illness in Johnson County, and the Crisis Center of Johnson County will be able to reach more clients via proximity and interrelated programming.

Sharing the space, the agencies can more effectively help our community’s most vulnerable residents — those struggling with food-insecurity, domestic violence, mental illness, or a personal or financial crisis of any kind. About 45,000 requests for assistance are anticipated annually.

To date, donors throughout Johnson County have contributed more than $720,000 for the 1105 Project in gifts large and small. With the agencies planning to move in next month, the project is still about $515,000 shy of paying the remaining costs of construction and interior furnishings.

Gerhild’s recital is a wonderful example of how individuals in our community are helping The 1105 Project come to life through their talents and resources. To learn more or to donate, visit http://the1105project.com.

Kristie Fortmann-Doser

Not Lincoln’s GOP

This is not Abe Lincoln’s GOP. Long gone is that party “dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal” and that the nation’s Founders “four score and seven year” before had emplaced “government of the people, by the people, and for the people” to secure and ensure equal access of all to the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursing of happiness.

The battle field upon which Lincoln stood at Gettysburg in delivery of his affirming address was not one fought in a war against oppression “by government,” blood had been spilled on “that hallowed ground" to end the economic tyranny of privilege of masters of a libertarian plantation South: men of greed that insisted to the point of traitorous rebellion that they were empowered by God Himself to own some people as slaves and to treat and hold in their place masses of others.

Sam Osborne

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