Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | APRIL 08, 2014 5:00 AM

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Aiding Africa

Ignorance is not bliss. Pleading ignorance will only get you so far in this life. As great parliamentarian named Edmund Burke once reportedly said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” University of Iowa students and faculty, I believe we can be better than the generations who have come before us. By recognizing where suffering is and where our fellow man needs our help, we can then take action to help them.

The veil of velvet has been raised, and what I see is pain and suffering. In sub-Saharan Africa, 50 million live without electricity as well as children who cannot get refrigerated vaccines and mothers who have to have C-sections in the dark. Could you imagine the fatalities if the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics lost electricity even for one whole day? It would be an outrage and probably make national news.

Why is it then, no one I talk is aware of this bipartisan bill in the House nicknamed Electrify Africa? This bill will give electricity to 70 percent of sub-Saharan Africa. This will have no effect or relationship to taxpayers in the U.S. By signing the petition on ONE.org or better yet writing an email to Sen. Tom Harkin saying “please support bill HR 2548,” it will allow millions to receive electricity and thus save countless lives. I believe that people are innately good. Please Iowans prove me right by taking two minutes to change 50 million lives.

Kenzie Papini

Questions need to be answered

Iowans could benefit from having these questions answered:

1.  Gov. Terry Branstad said in reference to the current firing and hush-money scandal, “it’s illegal, and if it ever happens again, there are going to be heads rolling.” So why aren’t those responsible for these “illegal” acts facing a legal challenge? Does the justice system tell a bank robber that he will be in trouble if he ever tries to rob a bank again?

2. Why is Regent President Bruce Rastetter giving $2.5 million in payment to a giant business-consulting firm to find ways to diminish our university system instead of using the money to persuade our Legislature to fully fund public education in Iowa? Instead of saying we have no money to fund programs, why not ask where the money that used to fund our prestigious universities has gone? 

Answers to these questions would help Iowans have a clearer picture of the current realities of governance in Iowa.

Virginia Meyer

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