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Open letter to readers: Today and tomorrow

By Lynda Waddington | 11.17.11

Wednesday was a difficult day for The American Independent News Network, which is the larger entity that operates The Iowa Independent. Our chief executive and founder announced two of our sister sites would close and their content would be moved to The American Independent.

ACS lockout continues; plan emerges to repeal sugar protections

By Virginia Chamlee | 11.15.11

A recently introduced bill could have far-reaching impact on the U.S. sugar industry, including American Crystal Sugar, a farmer-owned cooperative that locked out 1,300 Midwest workers on Aug. 1.

Cain campaign: Farmers know more about regulations than EPA

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.15.11

The chairman for Herman Cain’s Iowa effort says the campaign “relied more on the word of farmers than Washington regulators” in deciding to run an ad containing claims the Environmental Protection Agency says are false.

Mathis wins, Democrats maintain Senate control

Liz Mathis
By Lynda Waddington | 11.08.11

The Iowa Senate will remain under the control of a slim 26-25 Democratic majority when it reconvenes in January 2012.

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PR: Nation should work to address veterans’ challenges

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

BRUCE BRALEY RELEASE — As US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan ends, it’s more important than ever that our nation works to address the challenges faced by the men and women who fought there.

PR: Honoring veterans, help in hiring

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

CHUCK GRASSLEY RELEASE — A difficult job market is challenging the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have protected America’s interests by serving in the Armed Forces.

PR: In honor of America’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

TOM LATHAM RELEASE — No one has done more to secure the freedom enjoyed by every single American than our veterans and those currently serving in the armed services.

PR: Honoring and supporting our nation’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

DAVE LOEBSACK RELEASE — Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect on the service of generations of veterans and to honor the sacrifices they and their families have made so that we may live in peace and freedom here at home.

Mason says no to Amethyst Project

By John Deeth | 08.20.08 | 10:12 am

University of Iowa President Sally Mason has refused to join a group of university president calling for a reconsideration of the 21 year old drinking age.

In an open letter (scanned .pdf) addressed to Amethyst Project head John McCardell, Mason said, “I do not agree that lowering the drinking age would be effective at this time.”

The letter was dated Tuesday, the same day the Amethyst Project received its first major media attention.

Mason mentioned Iowa City’s ordinance allowing 19 and 20 year-olds admission into bars, but did not note that a ballot initiative to raise the admission age to 21 was defeated last year with an overwhelming no vote from students.

The only Iowa college president to sign on to the Amethyst Project thus far is James Phifer of Coe College. “We don’t know for sure that lowering the drinking age will make the binge drinking issue better, but it’s calling for a study and that’s what President Phifer supports,” said a Coe spokesman.

Ben Allen of the University of Northern Iowa has not taken a position yet, and Gregory Geoffroy of Iowa State University is on vacation.


  • Brad Bonner

    The Amethyst Initiative is very different than the Amethyst Project.

    The Amethyst Project supported women to develop activities and enterprises which address local community needs in rural areas of the Peak District. Through improvement of skills and experience, women are helped to enhance their social and economic opportunities and to contribute to their communities. ~

    Launched in July 2008, the Amethyst Initiative is made up of chancellors and presidents of universities and colleges across the United States. These higher education leaders have signed their names to a public statement that the 21 year-old drinking age is not working, and, specifically, that it has created a culture of dangerous binge drinking on their campuses. ~

  • DrugFreeHighlands

    Congratulations President Mason! We support you and your stand. You are on the right track!

    I think it would also be prudent to look at the facts world wide on this problem. Many of our teens are saying there is no drinking age in Europe and they don't have this problem. Sorry, that is a myth: Binge Britain: Now under-21s face ban on buying alcohol…

    Emerging research suggests that different portions of the brain which is still developing until the age of 21 and for some as late as 25, and its neurotransmitter systems are affected negatively by alcohol with both short and long term consequences. These impacts range from damage to the brain centers for thinking, planning and learning, to changes in the structures of the brain that mediate pleasure and predispose youth to depression, addiction or alcoholism later on.

    This has become a world wide problem (binge drinking and alcoholism) WHO is to develop a global strategy on alcohol. On 24 May 2008, the 61st session of the World Health Assembly adopted an important resolution on “Strategies to reduce the harmful use of alcohol”. This resolution calls for the development by 2010 of a draft global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol.…

    All we ask is that if we delay drinking until the age of 21, the chances of an individual having a problem with alcohol or having other health problems will be greatly decreased. Until they turn 21, they should be learning how to face the rest of their lives, get a good education or develop a skill or trade to support themselves and their families. That will help our country have a vibrant future!

  • alcohol rehab

    President Mason knows what he is doing. He has done so many great things already, and it does not hurt that he has such great support!

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