The Daily Iowan

Opinion | The University of Iowa is a business first

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

Hannah Pinski, Opinions Columnist

September 3, 2020

The University of Iowa administration has made its decisions dealing with COVID-19 based on self-interest, prioritizing profit at the expense of maintaining a top tier and safe educational institution. Other universities, such as the University of Illinois, has a 0.79 percent positivity rate and has taken precautions such as getting tested twice a week, providing r...

Opinion | It’s time to find alternatives to ableist language

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Yassie Buchanan, Opinions Columnist

September 2, 2020

Ableist rhetoric is deeply rooted in our society and easy to come by in everyday life. Carelessly throwing around ableist language perpetuates harmful stereotypes associated with the disabled community, strips people of their value as humans, and undermines real health conditions people live with....

Opinion | Closing the bars bandages one wound while opening another

The Airliner, 22 S Clinton St. As seen on Aug. 27, 2020.

Yujun Cai, Opinions Columnist

September 3, 2020

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases has broken past 6 million nationally, according to the data provided by the CDC. The U.S. is facing a dangerous situation that is badly in need of changes. On August 27, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced that all bars, night clubs, and breweries in Iowa stop serving alcohol past 10 p.m. While this may stem...

Opinion | Freedom is not free

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Yujun Cai, Opinions Columnist

September 1, 2020

As we reach the end of August, a surge of people will be moving across America. To best protect ourselves from the ongoing pandemic, enforcing people to wear masks in public is necessary. However, some people believe the policy of wearing a mask is another way of restraining their “freedom of will...

Opinion | Policy forward versus policy pushback

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Hannah Pinski, Opinions Columnist

September 1, 2020

In about three months, America will decide whether President Trump deserves another term or if Joe Biden will take his place in office. While both the Democratic and Republican parties have hosted their conventions and launched their campaigns, there is a clear difference in the strategy each side ...

Opinion | ‘Returning to normal’ is impossible

Blake Ossian of Washington, Iowa throws a ping pong in a game of beer pong during the tailgate before the Iowa vs. Rutgers game on September 7, 2019.

Adam Engelbrecht, Opinions Columnist

August 31, 2020

A popular sentiment currently surrounding COVID-19 is the desire for life to just get back to normal. Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly clear that “pre-pandemic life” will not return anytime soon, even after mitigation of the virus. Institutions and communities across the state and c...

Opinion | Cancel canceling ‘cancel culture’

Opinion | Cancel canceling 'cancel culture'

Peyton Downing, Opinions Editor

August 31, 2020

During the Republican National Convention, I expected the usual tirade of Republican talking points — immigration, out-sourcing jobs, trade wars, and do-nothing-Democrats. What I wasn’t prepared for was the White House preparing for a war on responsibility. At the convention, numerous speakers spoke out against “cancel culture,” this pervading narrative that if you say or do...

Opinion | Gifted K-12 programs are broken programs

Students traverse a hallway at Iowa City High School on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

Yassie Buchanan, Opinions Columnist

August 31, 2020

It is no secret that gifted and talented K-12 programs often ostracize minority students. This process is commonly known as racialized tracking, where students of color are weeded out of accelerated or advanced learning programs. Even in schools with a large minority population, there is often a...

Opinion | School itself should not be a science project

A protest sign directed at in-person classes during a pandemic is seen on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 during a protest supporting Black Lives Matter.

Caitlyn Hesselman, Opinions Columnist

August 30, 2020

The past few days for many children and young adults was back-to-school week. Across the country I watched friends and family posting their pictures for the first day of school and had a sick feeling in my stomach. I watched and agreed with my former teachers — it was too early for kids to be return...

Opinion | Bodyshaming is more than just cruel words

Opinion | Bodyshaming is more than just cruel words

Ally Pronina, Opinions Columnist

August 30, 2020

Treating others how you want to be treated, though taught from an early age, has yet to be learned. Lizzie Velasquez, a motivational speaker with a genetic disorder, shared a prank a mom made on TikTok. She used Velasquez’s photo to convince her son she was FaceTiming Velasquez. She captured ...

Opinion | Don’t pressure post offices

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Peyton Downing, Opinions Editor

August 27, 2020

Earlier this month, President Trump admitted in an interview with Fox Business that he was denying funding to the United States Postal Service in order to disrupt mail-in ballots for the November election. With the current problems facing the USPS, voters need to ensure they are prepared to vote...

Opinion | COVID-19 cases have spiked – please don’t be idiots

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Hannah Pinski, Opinions Columnist

August 27, 2020

In case you weren’t aware, we are still in this pandemic. Why does it feel like I am stating the obvious? It’s because this past week some students returning to campus for the fall semester have treated the virus as a joke. On Aug. 24, the start of classes, students received an email from ...