Author Archives: jthrog65

Rejecting hate speech, intimidation, and violent acts

[Note: Iowa City City government released this statement on August 18, 2017, and the Iowa City Press-Citizen published it as a guest opinion (“Mayor: We reject hate speech, violence”) on p. 7 of their August 19 edition.] A few days … Continue reading

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Why I Support the Proposed School Bond

[Note: This post reflects my own personal views concerning a September 12, 2017, bond referendum proposed by the Iowa City Community School District. The post initially appeared in the Iowa City Press-Citizen on or about July 27, 2017. The Press-Citizen … Continue reading

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Paradise in the Wreckage of War

[Note: This post is a slightly modified version of “Paradise in the Wreckage of War,” Iowa City Press-Citizen (May 13, 2017), p. 7A.] On April 25-29, Chris Merrill of the U. of Iowa’s International Writing Program and I were in … Continue reading

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The Best of Times, the Worst of Times

[Note: This is the text of a State of the City speech I delivered at a formal meeting of the Iowa City City Council on February 21, 2017.] Good evening, friends. It’s my great honor to present this year’s State … Continue reading

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Governing for Inclusivity, Justice, and Sustainability

[Note: This post is a lengthier version of “Governing for Inclusivity, Justice, and Sustainability, ” The Gazette (January 1, 2017), p. _.] In a guest opinion for The Gazette last January, I wrote, “First you campaign and then, if elected, … Continue reading

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Statement Supporting a Diverse and Safe Community

[NOTE: What follows is a public statement I made as Mayor on behalf of the City Council of Iowa City. It was issued as a press release on November 17, 2016.] Over the past week, a number of intimidating acts … Continue reading

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Berlin in America

[Note: This is a short unpublished paper I wrote in 2002. It related to a “Berlin in America” symposium I had organized at the University of Iowa concerning the interrelationship between urban public spaces and the long-term sustainability of democracy. … Continue reading

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