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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | FEBRUARY 17, 2014 5:00 AM

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Re: Should the U.S. build the Keystone XL pipeline?

Thoughtful discussion. While I agree the pipeline would not be a “silver bullet that destroys the environment,” at what degree of impact is the line drawn? Every bit as hard to quantify as how many will be employed after construction.

Then again, for some, being employed temporarily is better than not at all. I do believe there is a level of commitment to reversing climate change by our United States of America. For eight or nine years, a 50-cent per gallon rebate has been in place for those using alternative-fuel vehicles. This is gaining momentum.

I say thank goodness for global warming. How cold would this Iowa winter be otherwise?

Ross Kenneth Rayner

Re: Roomies aren’t for everyone

“It smells like one of those pesky, condescending millennial trend stories in disguise.” It is, and quite a bad one at that. “If you’re in college, you’re an adult.” Ha. As Judge Judy would say, “They are not fully cooked yet.” That applies to some faculty as well.

Osvaldo Francisco Díaz-Duque

Re: College wrestling has issues

The Olympics didn’t almost dump wrestling because of no-offensive wrestling. They almost dumped it for something new and more PR exciting.

In the Winter Olympics, the U.S. has gained its most medals from something the X-Games and Americans invented. It’s exciting, People get hurt (especially in a Russian half-pipe or slope style course), and people love it.

Last I looked, Olympic wrestling was more Greco-Roman, and few college fans love it or understand more about it than who won or lost.

If you want the National Duals to count but not to interfere with the Team National — much like the Preseason NIT in basketball — start off the December schedule with the Duals. It would really put early season training and competition into an early season overdrive.

And FYI, booing isn’t evil, it’s a public acknowledgement some wrong is going on in the eyes of the money-paying ticketholders in the seats.

Joseph Haga


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