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BY DI READERS | SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 5:00 AM

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Online comment on ‘Guest Opinion: EPB Situation harms learning’

Corey seems to think this is a personal affront. Manure happens and that includes surprise discovery of mold. Which, relocating you is a mandated, not arbitrary, decision. Being close to the exam, you perhaps could have talked to the mold about being discovered at a different time. And OMG, temp space in a unsafe space a half mile away in Seashore? Have you complained to Iowa City to have the Certificate of Occupancy pulled on Seashore as such a hazardous building?

I used to have to walk from Old Quad to ENG for a 7:30 a.m. on Mondays … once a week. Try that for inconvenience after some IC weekends.

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Men are very welcome to join in working right here on our campus to improve the lives of people of all genders. I invite any men who are interested to come to WRAC this Thursday at 7 p.m. for a meeting of our Men's Antiviolence Council. This is a great opportunity for men to step up and lead in making our campus and community safer for everyone.

Linda Stewart Kroon

Ernst’s ‘No’ on education

As a state senator from Cedar Rapids, I have served with Joni Ernst in the Iowa Senate for the past four years.

UI students, faculty, staff, alumni, and supporters should know that State Senator Ernst has had eight opportunities to vote on the state’s education budget, which includes funding for the UI, and eight times she has voted “NO” on that budget. Ernst voted no even when the education budget was a compromise with the Republican-controlled House and was signed into law by Republican Gov. Terry Branstad.

 You can check this yourself by reading the Senate Journal available online at www.legis.iowa.gov.

Here are the Senate Journal pages and dates of the eight votes:

SJ1117 — May 12, 2011 — Ernst voted NO on HF645
SJ1244 — June 29, 2011 — Ernst voted NO on HF645 (bill passed House 55-39)
SJ585 — March 19, 2012 — Ernst voted NO on SF2321
SJ893 — May 7, 2012 — Ernst voted NO on SF2321 (bill passed House 92-5)
SJ874 — April 18, 2013 — Ernst voted NO on HF604
SJ1025 — May 16, 2013 — Ernst voted NO on HF604 (bill passed House 87-10)
SJ729 — April 7, 2014 — Ernst voted NO on SF2347
SJ838 — April 23, 2014 — Ernst voted NO on SF2347 (bill passed House 90-8)

If Ernst did not vote for higher education funding in the Iowa Senate even when the bill received bipartisan support, there is no reason to believe she will support higher education funding in the U.S. Senate.

For quality, affordable higher education, please vote for Bruce Braley.

Rob Hogg is a state senator for Iowa’s 33rd District.


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