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

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

March 18, 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...

Letter to the editor: Alternative to failed doping bans

Letter to the editor: Alternative to failed doping bans

August 25, 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...

Guest opinion: What Putin can teach Rastetter

Guest opinion: What Putin can teach Rastetter

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,...

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

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

April 14, 2016
Filed under Guest opinion

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: Why I support Sanders

Guest opinion: Why I support Sanders

January 28, 2016
Filed under Guest opinion, 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...

Understanding terrorist thugs

Understanding terrorist thugs

December 3, 2015
Filed under Guest opinion, 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...

Theater beyond imagine

ELENA BRUESS
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...

Getting to ‘Yes’ by voting no on justice center

GUEST COLUMN
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...

Locals make last push for red-light cameras petition

JONATHAN SOLIS
March 29, 2013
Filed under News

One local group pushing for a ban on red-light cameras is making a last effort in order to obtain enough public support. Traffic cameras and drones were at the center of a public forum held on the University of Iowa campus Thursday night. The event is the latest push by the group called Stop Big Brother...

Local bloggers weigh in on caucus season

ALEX CORDERO
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...

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

ERIC MOORE
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...

Spotlight Iowa City: Law prof advised International Criminal Court

SCOTT RAYNOR
October 20, 2009
Filed under News

Mark Osiel is the person who international lawyers go to when they need to legally connect the “big fish” in mass atrocities to the “small fry” who carry out their orders. The UI law professor has served as an adviser for the prosecution of former Chilean President Augusto Pinochet and perpetra...