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Save the cottages

Anybody who has been down South Dubuque Street might know that there are three small cottages sitting next to each other. What most of us don’t know is that those cottages are being threatened with demolition in order to make way for apartment complexes.

What will be lost if these cottages are destroyed? The answer: too much.

These cottages are a historical treasure because they are some of the last remaining examples of workers’ cottages — small houses for low-income workers and their families built in the 1800s— as well as structures in the former railroad district in Iowa City. These cottages also harbor three separate small businesses — a bookshop that has been open since 1986, an antiques store, and a kung fu academy — that might be forced to permanently close if the cottages are demolished.  Knowing that a bookshop is among the businesses there means that it would be cruelly ironic if it were forced to close (in a City of Literature, no less) because this city’s residents did not care about what would be lost for good.

I urge everybody to come to the Planning and Zoning meeting today at 7 p.m. in City Hall and speak up for saving Iowa City’s heritage and for saving what makes Iowa City unique.

— by Joseph Pettit

Online comment on ‘Editorial: Consider greater force against ISIS’

It is brains and not boots that will tactically defeat ISIS and strategically change the world to end the concerns of fears and concerns of people that prompts them be swayed in joining in lashing out in anger in place of enjoying life in peace.

If we were to put as many resources and effort and be brave enough to enable people to be secure in their own business of providing for themselves and dependent loved ones food, clothing, shelter and enough rest and leisure to keep going and to find it worthwhile to do so the reason suffering people lash out to inflict suffered would end and with it ISIS and the next such group of people who register hate out of a loss of hope.

Is the effort to directly wage peace foolish idealism? No, waging war is a foolish idea, and the long history of doing so has well demonstrated Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity: “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

— by Sam Osborne

Online comment on ‘Guest Opinion: Finding “justice” locally’

On Election Day, and for the third time in less than two years, a majority of Johnson County residents clearly indicated a preference to build a multimillion-dollar annex for our historic courthouse. If anyone can make a convincing case for requiring a supermajority, I have yet to hear it.

— by Dave Parsons

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