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BY DI READERS | APRIL 11, 2014 5:00 AM

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Killing culture

This week, the Washington Post reported a survey showed that only one in six Americans could locate the Ukraine on a map. Respondents were as far off as Finland, Portugal, and Sudan. The farther respondents thought that Ukraine was from its actual location, the more they wanted the U.S. to intervene militarily.

This same week, the Iowa City School District announced cuts to its World Languages Program, including the elimination of German.

German — the language of poets, philosophers, playwrights, artists and musicians. German — the culture with deep historical roots in our region. German — the language of Europe’s leading economy, with strong economic ties to Iowa.

Our schools should be actively recruiting students into foreign languages and cultures programs, not slashing the programs. We cannot afford to fail at cultural education. Will the citizens of Iowa City, arguably the cultural capital of our state, accept this sad indictment of our educational priorities?

Ute Brandenburg

Lyness for county attorney

More than 30 years ago, Janet Lyness and I worked diligently for the Iowa ERA Amendment. Janet has not stopped fighting for the rights of all Iowans. That’s why I’m voting for Janet Lyness for county attorney and why I want to encourage all members of the community to look closely at the records of each candidate and make the right choice.

I strongly feel Janet Lyness is the right choice.

She is not interested in making this election solely about marijuana. She has succeeded in creating a marijuana-diversion program that keeps people out of jail and helps them wipe their records clean while getting some people the treatment and education they may need. Also, under Janet Lyness’ watch, the county now has a very successful drug court that helps members of the community with serious substance-abuse problems get back on their feet while keeping them out of prison. Drug-court participants are working, caring for their kids, and becoming contributing members of our community. Bravo for them, and for Janet Lyness. These programs, and many others, reflect the kinds of successes we want to see from our next county attorney.

On June 3, or during the early voting period, which starts April 24, please cast your ballot for Janet Lyness for county attorney.

Rebecca Reiter

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