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“Test Optional” a New Way to Discriminate PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 02:41

This new policy of "test optional" admissions is an end run around a recent court decision banning race-based preferences in student admissions, specifically the controversy that surrounded the University of Michigan. (See "Scrubbing Bubbles," River Cities' Reader Issue 659, November 14-20, 2007.) Augustana simply wants to discriminate against whites and males without civil liability and has found a way to do so.

 

Reverend Jim Richter

Via the Reader Web site

 

 
Dog Food for Seniors PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Wednesday, 14 November 2007 02:16

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is the central statistic the federal government uses to calculate inflation. The CPI is a statistic used by the government to track the cost of goods and services. Beginning with the Jimmy "I will never lie to you" Carter administration, food and energy were removed from the CPI because of the volatility in pricing of these items, but that has since been extended to include anything that reflects unstable or volatile pricing. This was done because this volatility in pricing interfered with long-range projections concerning inflation.

 
Test Your House for Radon PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Wednesday, 07 November 2007 10:15

Radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers, and for persons who have never smoked, chances are much greater of developing lung cancer if exposed to high levels of radon gas over a period of years.

 
Informative and Timely PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Tuesday, 23 October 2007 21:13

Your article "Building a Better Promise" was informative and timely. (See River Cities' Reader Issue 654, October 10-16, 2007.) I had a general sense that the idea has potential as an economic-development tool, but didn't know any of the specifics. Your article helped fill in the specifics (as they are known) and pointed out the serious questions about funding, timing, and applicability.

 
Freedom from Theocracy PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Wednesday, 03 October 2007 02:15

I find it is disgusting when insecure people regurgitate the ancient fables of the Bible as a justification for their bigotry. I would like to address the Rock Island man who, in a letter to the Quad-City Times, was criticizing the print media for not mentioning "Christians" in their coverage of the court rulings regarding gay marriage in Iowa. I would remind him that our Constitution guarantees our freedom from a theocracy (in spite of the Bush administration).

 
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