Appreciation

GINA GRIMES

WATERLOO — My daughter had a car accident yesterday and her dog, Gunner, jumped out of the car and ran. With all the cornfields and trees and bushes, we were afraid we would never find him. Many people helped us look for him for about four hours to no avail. I called the Humane Society and Animal Control.

In a short time Animal Control called us and said they had him. He had turned up at a school and hid under a car. A nice lady finally got him to come out, and it happened to be right beside where Animal Control is, so she took him there. We want to say how lucky we are to have such a good Humane Society and Animal Control Department. They all were so nice and helpful, and you could tell how much they care about the animals. All the help was appreciated.

Fireworks law

ART MacLEY

CEDAR FALLS — Most all of our social and our work team has lived in Cedar Falls for 35-plus years and all agree. We have seen leadership change and positive things being put in place in this city. What none of us can understand is how in the world a public safety director, in all responsible thinking, recommends that no permit, only self supervision, and no size limit fireworks should be allowed for three days in July and one day in December?

Does anybody realize how dry things are in December and the fire potential? How is it OK to burden with litter a neighbor’s property? How is it OK to traumatize our war veterans and people’s pets? Can anybody employed by this city guarantee that nobody will be injured and nobody will suffer property damage by allowing this ignorance? The patrol police and fire department are understaffed, and somebody thinks fireworks are going to be used responsibly? We think not.

Free speech

JAN MILLER

WATERLOO — I read with interest the Courier editorial on Sept. 25 titled Protect free speech on campus. “The central principle of the First Amendment — and of academic freedom — is that all ideas and views can be expressed.”

The dean of Cal’s law school quoted, “sometimes they are ideas and views that we might consider noble, that advance equality. Sometimes they might be ideas that we abhor. But there is no way to empower a government to restrict speech without allowing for the possibility that tomorrow, it will be our speech that is restricted.”

I told my classroom students that we live in a great country where we are free to express our opinions without the media censoring ideas they might not agree with or only promoting one side of an argument. Yet this is not what happened to Sue Thayer, former director of Planned Parenthood, Storm Lake, who submitted a guest opinion article to the Courier. It contained the truth about what happens inside the Planned Parenthood organization. I am truly disappointed that the editorial board saw fit to refuse to print the truth.

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