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BY DI READERS | JULY 02, 2014 5:00 AM

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Re: Iowa officials respond to flooding

There are tragic consequences from flooding and only praise for those who respond when there’s need to do something NOW. But there are long-term solutions. While we’re filling sandbags, let’s also reflect on the causes and solutions for flooding.

Nicholas Johnson
UI professor of law

Re: Council approves sales-tax plan

This is a less unjust plan than the previous construction. It serves more of the public good but only marginally so. Only half of the tax will now support wealthy property owners on the backs of poor renters and students instead of 60 percent. I’m glad I was able to move the discussion just slightly.

Matthew Peirce

Re: Iowa officials respond to flooding

Like you couldn’t/should have seen this coming because of the Minnesota storms and even some of the previous Iowa rains. Why is it that denial seems to be the biggest sticking point with state, county, and city officials doing things way ahead rather than up against a deadline? And FYI, the Coralville Reservoir should have been dredged 25 years ago as siltation has diminished its capacity by more than 60 percent. Now you have toxins (herbicides, pesticides) in the silt that make it almost a hazardous waste. You’d be hard-pressed to find any place on the Reservoir to push the spoil.


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