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Local bloggers weigh in on caucus season

September 29, 2011
Filed under News

Over the past decade the use of blogs as a journalistic tool has "grown exponentially," according to the latest "State of the Blogsophere" report by Technorati, a search engine for blogs. About 7,200 bloggers from across the globe were surveyed, and approximately half were from the...

Spotlight Iowa City: An interest in everything

September 28, 2009
Filed under News

There are really no simple answers when talking to UI Professor Nicholas Johnson, so one must be prepared. It’s a trip, albeit a pretty interesting one. He’s the type of guy where the conversation starts reasonably enough in Afghanistan and after a few seconds (OK, maybe a little more than a few),...

Theater beyond imagine

July 24, 2014
Filed under Arts

Just south of downtown Iowa City, a local café bustles with action and excitement. Mostly looking over scripts and reading lines, around 10 men and women sit in a circle of chairs surrounding a small stage toward the front. Every so often, the place erupts in laughter and chatter as two take cente...

Captain Steve says he won’t campaign for City Council on-air

September 1, 2011
Filed under News

Steve Soboroff, radio owner, host, and Iowa City City Council candidate, is welcoming competition and stressing nonpartisanship regarding to his station, KCJJ. He said he does not plan to change his station’s programming during his candidacy and insists that he won’t campaign on his show. “I’m...

Getting to ‘Yes’ by voting no on justice center

April 30, 2013
Filed under Opinions

Dave Parsons’ opinion column urged that we “Vote Yes for the justice center” (DI, April 29). He is a member of the committee actively pushing the proposal. As such, his was a commendably civil, best effort to make the most of his unpersuasive case. University of Iowa students have a s...

Where did support for nonviable candidates go in the caucuses?

Supporters of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., hold up cards during the caucus at Des Moines Precinct 62 in the Knapp Center on Monday, February 3, 2020. The caucus head count reached 849 people, leaving 127 individuals needed for the candidate to be declared viable. Sen. Warren received 212 1st round total head count votes.

Caleb McCullough and Naomi Hofferber
February 4, 2020
Filed under Iowa Caucuses, Latest News, National Politics, Politics

DES MOINES — U.S. Senator from Minnesota Amy Klobuchar, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, businessman Tom Steyer, and sometimes former vice president Joe Biden. While they had fervent supporters and may have nabbed a few delegates at the Iowa caucuses Monday night, these candidates and a few others were ...

Understanding terrorist thugs

President Barack Obama, right, French President Francois Hollande, second from right, and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo arrive at the Bataclan, site of one of the Paris terrorists attacks, to pay their respects to the victims, after Obama arrived in town for the COP21 climate change conference, on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Paris. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

December 3, 2015
Filed under Guest Opinions, Opinions

What is the ultimate goal of those terrorist thugs in Iraq and Syria with their random, if organized, attacks on innocent Westerners? Until we figure that out, our responses run a serious risk of making us less, rather than more, safe. Here’s a possible explanation. In their minds, this is not a battl...

Guest opinion: Why I support Sanders

Guest opinion: Why I support Sanders

January 28, 2016
Filed under Guest Opinions, Opinions

This is the story of how I came to support Sen. Bernie Sanders. It’s a true story — or at least as true as a fading memory can provide. Some 40 years ago in Washington, I agreed to host a series of TV interviews with presidential candidates. Questioning the first few proved problematic. Their...

Guest opinion: Constitution, Supreme Court, and people’s voice

(U.S. Air Force graphic)

April 14, 2016
Filed under Guest Opinions

The Constitution mandates the president “shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint . . . Judges of the supreme Court.” President Obama sent the Senate his nomination of Judge Merrick Garland on Feb. 13. Of course, any senator can vote “no” on Garland’s...

Guest opinion: What Putin can teach Rastetter

Iowa Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter announced the newly appointed President Bruce Harreld during a meeting in the IMU on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Harreld is the 21st president of the University of Iowa. (The Daily Iowan/Margaret Kispert)

May 6, 2016
Filed under Opinions

Regent President Bruce Rastetter appears to need some mentoring regarding the democratic dialogue between the state Board of Regents and the stakeholders of Iowa’s state universities — namely, all Iowans. It might be too much of a shock to start with examples from the world’s great democracies,...

Letter to the editor: Alternative to failed doping bans

Letter to the editor: Alternative to failed doping bans

August 26, 2016
Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinions

I’m not proud to say it. It was the 1960s. Illegal drugs were everywhere. I was a young lawyer, a hippie-public official. That’s what kept me from drugs — not health concerns, personal discipline, or common sense. Illegal drugs simply couldn’t be part of my life. That doesn’t mean I’m a...

Letters to the Editor: Remembering U.S. wars, preventing school violence

Letters to the Editor: Remembering U.S. wars, preventing school violence

March 19, 2018
Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Today’s letters to the editor reflect on U.S. war involvement and how leaders must work to prevent tragedy. Remembering those lost in U.S. wars The middle of the month of March is a muddle of murky memories. March 16 marked 50 years since the U.S. massacre of 500 Vietnamese civilians in the villa...