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Opinion | Misinformation on masks is a massive problem

Photo Illustration by Jenna Galligan

Adam Engelbrecht, Opinions Columnist

October 22, 2020

Most Americans know that COVID-19 is real and dangerous. Most Americans think it is unsafe to go to large gatherings without social distancing, or even some small gatherings for that matter. And most Americans believe that wearing masks reduces the spread of the virus. But not all of them do, and that’s a probl...

Opinion | Climate change requires investment in Iowan farmers for sustainable practices

Customers purchase fresh produce at the Coralville Farmers Market 201 E. 9th St. on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020.

Hannah Pinski, Opinions Columnist

October 22, 2020

The Climate Clock in Manhattan Square sparked important conversations across the nation about tackling climate change, such as Iowa City Climate Activists have called out UI scientists for taking too long for the UI to commit to being coal free. The ways that Iowan farmers can impact climate chang...

Opinion | Twitch should be political

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Peyton Downing, Opinions Editor

October 21, 2020

This week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez showed the power that can be leveraged by approaching young voters on their terms. The New Yorker’s tag-team stream with Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota was put together in under two days. It’s also the future of political communication. To summarize briefly...

Guest Opinion | Federal guidance on race in education is going backwards

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 at the Des Moines International Airport. Thousands of people showed up to hear President Trump speak about his campaign and support Iowa republicans for the upcoming election.

October 21, 2020

On Sept. 22, President Trump issued an “Executive Order on combating race and sex stereotyping,” targeting workplace training programs that address white privilege, sexual harassment, and structural racism. It contrasts a progressive vision of our nation’s history with “the pernicious and f...

Opinion | Diversity deserves celebration

The Old Capitol is seen on Thursday, March 12, 2020.

Ally Pronina, Opinions Columnist

October 20, 2020

Diversity, inclusion, and accessibility seem to many people like tedious political correctness. I have recently discovered it has nothing to do with politics. It is everything about caring about others, making them feel welcomed and valued. During The Daily Iowan’s recent community chat about ac...

Opinion | Voting third party is pointless

A Johnson County precinct indicator is seen outside The University of Iowa Visual Arts building on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Counties all across Iowa along with eight other states are participating in the 2020 primary elections. (Tate Hildyard/The Daily Iowan)

Signe Nettum, Opinions Columnist

October 19, 2020

This is it — the moment I talk about politics publicly. I can no longer sit on the sidelines and watch everything unfold without having my own voice heard. Number one: vote. In-person, mail-in, even in the park. However you want to vote, it does not matter to me. Just make sure that your voi...

Opinion | Allyship isn’t part-time

Opinion | Allyship isn’t part-time

Zeina Aboushaar, Opinions Columnist

October 19, 2020

Performative activism allows people who want to feel like they’re doing something to satisfy their need to be a part of social movements without putting in the effort of actually changing anything. If you have purposely chosen to ignore important topics such as police brutality, repression of re...

Opinion | Iowan politicians need to focus on healthcare

Opinion | Iowan politicians need to focus on healthcare

Hannah Pinski, Opinions Columnist

October 19, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the country, every American has a right to affordable healthcare for themselves and their family. Although medical institutions like University Hospitals and Clinics are taking steps to improve patient care like eliminating language barriers, none of it will matter i...

The Daily Iowan Editorial Board endorses Biden, Greenfield, Hart to rebuild America

From left to right: 2020 Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden (Megan Nagorzanski/The Daily Iowan), Iowa Democrat Theresa Greenfield (Jerry Mennenga/Zuma Press/TNS), and former Iowa State Senator Rita Hart (contributed)

DI Editorial Board

October 19, 2020

Republican control in Washington has taken our current emergencies and turned them into full-scale catastrophes. From COVID-19 to climate change to systemic racism, Iowa and the country need new leadership. That's why we're endorsing Democrats all through the ballot. We don't want it to be th...

Opinion | Supreme Court hearings highlight distrust in American politics

Photos of Sen. Chuck Grassley (Katina Zentz/The Daily Iowan) and Sen. Joni Ernst (Hannah Kinson/The Daily Iowan)

Hannah Pinski, Opinions Columnist

October 18, 2020

University of Iowa and Drake law schools recently sent a letter to Iowa’s Republican Sens. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley that lay out concerns on why they believe the Supreme Court nomination should have been held post-Nov. 3. What was the response? A pre-written note from Grassley that thanke...

Opinion | Language learning is being stifled in the pandemic

Various flags are seen on Monday, October 15, 2018. There are 120 flags being displayed on the Iowa Memorial Union Pedestrian Bridge to recognize the international students on campus.

Yassie Buchanan, Opinions Columnist

October 18, 2020

Online learning during the coronavirus pandemic has brought many new challenges to the classroom. These challenges are especially noticeable in language courses. According to an article in The Daily Iowan, professors and students have been trying to adjust to these newfound circumstances. A large aspect of lan...

Opinion | Silence is violence (especially from politicians)

Linn County Supervisor Stacey Walker speaks to a crowd of Bernie Sanders supporters in the Ped Mall on Friday, October 25th, 2019. Sanders spoke on his platform issues such as the legalization of marijuana, the climate crisis, immigration reform, and raising the minimum wage.

Zeina Aboushaar, Opinions Columnist

October 15, 2020

We are taught to accept a negative peace while many fail to receive justice. Although our country has made some progress, it has failed to address its deeply rooted issues that subjugate minorities. Part of that blame rests with our politicians. The truth is hard to express from elected offic...