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Opinion | Stop turning human rights into “political issues”


Hannah Pinski, Opinions Columnist

July 12, 2020

We are a society where equality, justice, and liberty exist only for certain people. Political issues concern taxes, gun control, or campaign finance reform. America continually turns basic human rights into a political debate where politicians argue whether or not everyone gets to have equal ri...

Opinion | The police must be defunded

Opinion | The police must be defunded

Peyton Downing, Opinions Editor

July 9, 2020

There are no words to adequately express the shame and indignation I feel as a citizen of the United States in the wake of all the violence that has occurred in the past weeks, months, and years at the hands of the police. To even begin to reconcile the damage that has been done to American commun...

Opinion | Think before traveling this summer

A tent sits along the Iowa River on June 10, 2019.

Signe Nettum, Opinions Columnist

July 8, 2020

I have family on the west coast. I can only see them once a year, usually during the summer, and our trip only lasts a week. Due to COVID-19, our plans have drastically changed this summer. While traveling is certainly not the best of ideas, sometimes it is necessary to move. As some states begin to l...

Opinion | Shut it all down — again

Photo Illustration by Jenna Galligan

Chloe Peterson, Opinions Columnist

July 7, 2020

States need to shut down again to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic. If there’s one thing that the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us, it's that the American people cannot take care of themselves. The very day that states opened bars, restaurants, or beaches, thousands of people were going out, not w...

Opinion | It’s time to fix American History classes


Hannah Pinski, Opinions Columnist

July 5, 2020

The American education system has an immense issue that needs to be addressed. Students are learning a sugar-coated version of American history which only addresses the ideal and triumphant aspects and ignores the dark and ugly parts. American history was a part of my education all the way from first gra...

Opinion | Stay close while maintaining distance


Signe Nettum, Opinions Columnist

July 2, 2020

Here we are, more than a hundred days since students went home for spring break, and subsequently the COVID-19 quarantine break. Roughly fifty days left until school starts. What have you been doing since you left school? What will you do to fill the time until returning — if you return at all? ...

Opinion | Masks may be optional individually, but they’re mandatory for public safety

A mask sits on the Irving B. Weber statue in front of Van Allen on Thursday, March 12, 2020.   The US has seen a shortage of N95 surgical masks in the recent weeks due to coronavirus. The CDC currently recommends the use of facemarks be reserved for those who are sick or for those who are caring for the sick. (Katie Goodale/ The Daily Iowan)

Chloe Peterson, Opinions Columnist

July 1, 2020

Wear a mask in public. In case you’ve forgotten, we’re still in the middle of a pandemic. It may not feel like it, with states reopening and sports coming back, but the United States recorded its highest ever number of new cases in one day for the fifth-straight day on Saturday, with 44,7...

Opinion | Keep faith in troubled times

Danforth Chapel is seen on April 19, 2019. Built in 1952, the center is open for students 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday for students.

Ally Pronina, Opinions Columnist

June 30, 2020

There has been a lot of darkness in the world recently with George Floyd’s murder, protests against police brutality and racial injustice, and a seemingly endless quarantine. We all need something to help us see the light at the end of the tunnel right now. For me and others with religious belie...

Opinion | The University of Iowa must continue to improve the ASL program

Close up of hands in to gossip gesture, in the background blurred image of three people.

Ally Pronina, Opinions Columnist

June 29, 2020

This week is Helen Keller and Deafness and Blindness Awareness week, making it timely to discuss what the University of Iowa can do to make its campus a more inclusive place for students and faculty who are blind or deaf. While it is possible for them to succeed at the UI, listening to their needs w...

Opinion | Why Pride means more than just parades

Participants in Iowa City Pride parade walk towards the old capital.

Peyton Downing, Opinions Editor

June 28, 2020

Queer oppression has not stopped in the 21st century, and with that fact comes the necessity of Pride. In this world, where Black trans women are abused, beaten, and murdered for existing, where anti-queer hate crimes are on the rise, where it is now legal to deny people health care simply because ...

Opinion | Cutting ties with Iowa City police department too simple an answer to complicated problem

An Iowa City Police vehicle is seen outside City Hall on Monday, June 8, 2020.

Jason O'Day, Opinions Columnist

June 25, 2020

Editor’s note: Jason O’Day is no longer a member of The Daily Iowan staff. In June of 2020 editors learned O’Day was running a Facebook page separate from his personal account that included inappropriate posts and views that do not align with the DI’s policies, standards, or core values. ...

Opinion | The Tulsa rally shows how not to have large-scale events this coming semester

People listen to President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla., Saturday, June 20, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

Hannah Pinski, Opinions Columnist

June 24, 2020

On June 15, Brad Parscale, the chairman of Trump’s reelection campaign, excitedly tweeted “ Over 1 M requests for the Trump Maga Rally in Tulsa on Saturday.” However, according to Tulsa officials, fewer than 6,200 were accounted for in the 19,000 capacity center. While this rally may have been small in scale, the return to the University of Iowa in the fall will no...