Who speaks for wildlife health and poisons?
Lead is poison, and eating it harms you. That is true for all humans and animals.
How can the NRA promote the continued haphazard distribution of lead in ammunition?
This battle was fought decades ago with waterfowl hunting. Now it is found
to poison many other forms of wildlife also.
Our society has taken great effort to get lead out of our toys, gasoline, paint and almost everything in our environment. Letting the National Rifle Association (NRA) claim a "traditional" right to blast it all over nature just because it costs less than steel or copper is sheer folly.
I care about wildlife and our environment, including the game food I eat. Our Iowa wildlife is struggling hard enough without making them sick through secondary lead ingestion. I hope the Natural Resource Commission has the "guns" to take a stand for wildlife health on this toxic lead issue.
Outsourcing threatens education quality
There is far less accountability to the citizens of a school district when
support services are taken over by private contractors. Contractors focus on
performing only specific, narrowly defined jobs, while school district employees
view themselves as a very important part of the local school district, providing "intangibles" that
enhance the quality of their work.
School district employees routinely perform a wide range of tasks that are not in their official job descriptions. The vast majority of educational support workers live in the school district where they are employed, and they feel responsible to their neighbors for the quality of their work.
Mitchell L. Henry
Correction: In a recent Locker Room column ("Iowa Crush kicks off Summer," April 9), we mistakenly stated the wrong time for the team's first home game (April 30 at 3 p.m.) and misspelled Alli Partch's name. Also, the team is ranked ninth out of 35 teams nationally, not 42 teams as we listed. CV
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