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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | MAY 09, 2014 5:00 AM

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Vote for Lyness

John Zimmermann may have friends who play good music, but the county-attorney job requires much more. Most importantly, John does not seem to have a handle on his own fiscal budget. We all have debts, but he goes one further. It appears that he has been sued for failure to pay credit-card debt more than once. His problems making ends meet at home don’t make me feel confident about his ability to run the county attorney’s $3 million budget.

John just graduated from law school, and I understand he passed the bar. He has virtually no experience with regard to civil or governmental law. Does Johnson County really trust so inexperienced a candidate?

On the other hand, Janet Lyness has functioned efficiently and even progressively as the incumbent Johnson County county attorney. Her diversion program has been a big step in keeping many of our young and not-so-young marijuana users from picking up criminal records, which could seriously affect their ability to find good jobs and professions. We among the criminal-defense bar would hope that Lyness will take other initiatives to rationalize the judgment to charge and the length of sentences for those who have been found guilty of nonviolent crimes. That is the progress her colleagues and this county deserves. Please vote for experience, equality, and progress.

Richard Zimmermann

Trigger Warning: This post contains criticism of trigger warnings

At what cost? The cost of learning. The University of Iowa should issue a warning to all incoming students: You will be exposed to old, new, and evolving ideas. Your critical thinking may be compromised in all courses. Sensitive and harmful material from Molière to Morrison, with some Plato and the Bible thrown in. History, psychology, sociology, anthropology, medicine not apt for some students. Art history and music may pose severe problems. All the arts are highly suggestive and dangerous. Astronomy, physics, and religious studies will cause irreparable harm. What the hell has happened to the concept and purpose of a university?

Osvaldo Francisco Díaz-Duque


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