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School supply lists unreasonable

I read with disbelief the list of backpack items for elementary students (“Doing the math,” Aug. 10).

Time was when the first three grades started with two or three pencils (with erasers), maybe a ruler and an eight color box o [...]

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Move speed limit signs to comply

The Iowa Department of Transportation tells us that two of the Cedar Rapids speed cameras are not at their required 1,000 foot distance from a speed limit sign that shows a drop in speed.

Let’s do this: move the speed limit signs. Pr [...]

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UI football program is in decline

First let me say as a University of Iowa graduate, I appreciate the past work of Kirk Ferentz and his staff. However, after watching the program from afar the last few years, one has to wonder as to the direction the program is heading.

Mos [...]

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Consider viewpoints before casting vote

It seems that every time we have a major election, I hear, “It is more important than ever before that you vote.” Now that we are coming close to another election it is very true once again.

Anyone who is working a minimum wag [...]

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Stand up to acts of aggression

Tim Trenkle

In the classroom in downtown Dubuque, where shots are heard each week in a nearby neighborhood, a young mother talks about beatings and fear, about anger and her reluctance to leave her boyfriend.

At what point, indeed.

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Skywalks jeopardizing trail progress

If a long overdue effort to finally complete a trails network in the Cedar Rapids metro area gets scrapped, you can blame the skywalk.

Federal and state transportation officials have blown the whistle on efforts by Cedar Rapids to use its ma [...]

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Progress beyond politics

Christine Grant winces a bit when tagged as an “icon” or “legend.” But the first women’s athletic director at the University of Iowa freely admits to being a champion for Title IX.

It is in that vein that [...]

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Sad saga, wrong priorities

SIOUX CENTER — So your state Environmental Protection Commission didn’t exactly bulldoze a rule requiring builders to put four inches of topsoil back on finished construction sites.

But members did start the bulldozer’s [...]

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Diabetes is a trendy lifestyle option

So, the University of Iowa is opening a gigantic new diabetes research center, its goal being “to find treatments and a cure for the increasingly common disorder,” The Gazette reports (“UI will dedicate new diabetes center tod [...]

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Consider donating to Scouts food drive

As many of you know, Scouting for Food is in full swing this week from distribution of bags to neighborhood homes through Friday, to the pick up of the donations on Saturday.

For many Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts this is one of the most visible [...]

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Protect children with vaccinations

The Sept. 8 public health story about parents not vaccinating kindergartners is scary.

I’m a senior citizen and my siblings and I had all the childhood diseases both kinds of measles, mumps, and whooping cough, which was awful. There [...]

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Warm water flowing into Artic Ocean

For the first time in thousands of years, warm water is flowing into the Arctic Ocean. Warm water from the deep ocean is showing up on surface images. There is no way to put this into the context of “normal.” Historic temperatures ha [...]

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