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Opinion | Teachers need better safety protections when schools reopen

Closed lockers in a school hallway

Jason O'Day, Opinions Columnist

June 25, 2020

One silver lining of the coronavirus school closings is that teachers got a respite from classroom abuse. It is an unfortunate reality that in our current school system, teachers are under-protected in a multitude of ways from the harms of their profession. They are ill-equipped in dealing with stud...

Opinion | The University of Iowa must condense the coming semester

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.

Chloe Peterson, Opinions Columnist

June 23, 2020

On June 12, the University of Iowa announced that they would be keeping the semester on the same academic calendar, although there will be changes. Students, faculty, and staff will be required to wear masks in all campus buildings, and the university is going to put all classes online after Thanks...

Opinion | Trump’s lack of leadership is going to cost him the 2020 election

Then-candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Henderson, Nev., on Oct. 5, 2016.

Hannah Pinski, Opinions Columnist

June 22, 2020

2020 has been a chaotic year to say the least. On March 9th, the stock market fell by 7.79%, and on May 28th the amount of deaths due to a worldwide pandemic surpassed 100,000 in the United States. For the past three weeks protests have erupted across all 50 states due to the systemic racism that has existed far too long in American...

Opinion | Pick your pups well for quarantine companionship


Signe Nettum, Opinions Columnist

June 21, 2020

I lost my childhood dog this past November. Her name was Roomer and she was a 14-year-old Yorkie. While my little sister and I wanted to continue having a dog in our lives after her death, our parents said no. That it was too soon, and I would not be there to take care of a dog for most of the f...

Opinion | Rest in power, Disco

Opinion | Rest in power, Disco

Bailey Cichon, DITV Director

June 18, 2020

They say history repeats itself. Although progress has been made for people of color and the LGBTQ community, the same hate that fueled a movement that murdered disco in 1979 remains decades later. Today more than ever, we need to learn from history to prevent the achievements of minority groups from ...

Opinion | White America needs an art history lesson

The Old Capitol in downtown Iowa City is seen after the completion of a march to support the Black Lives Matter movement and protest police brutality on Thursday, June 4. Protesters added to the graffiti from previous nights and small groups stayed behind after the crowd dispersed to take photos and continue spray painting.

Becca Bright, Opinions Columnist

June 17, 2020

As Black Lives Matter protests continue to leave their mark, it’s become obvious that many Iowans have forgotten – or were never properly taught – history. What many are calling “vandalism” by protesters is in fact an ancient, very Western style of political expression. Painting publi...

Opinion | America, we are not equal

A protester holds up a sign on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 outside the Johnson County Sheriff's office. Protesters marched through Iowa City, stopping at intersections and government buildings to spray paint before continuing on.

Hannah Pinski, Opinions Columnist

June 16, 2020

To the citizens of Iowa City, we have to wake up. We have to open our eyes to the reality of our society. We have to recognize that right now America does not have equality, liberty, and justice for all. For the past two weeks, I have signed petitions, attended protests, and educated myself on th...

Letter from The Daily Iowan editors | We’re listening

The Daily Iowan newsroom is seen on Feb. 26, 2019.

Josie Fischels, Caleb McCullough, and Sarah Watson

June 16, 2020

George Floyd's killing at the hands of Minneapolis police officers has sparked historic civil rights demonstrations across the country and calls for swift action long overdue from leaders on every level of government and in the corners of every industry. The call for change has reached us here ...

Opinion | The Iowa football program sets the standard for others

Kinnick Stadium is seen fom the north end zone at Iowa Football Media Day on Friday, August 9, 2019.

Chloe Peterson, Opinions Columnist

June 16, 2020

On June 5th, former Hawkeye football player James Daniels tweeted that “There are too many racial disparities in the Iowa football program. Black players have been treated unfairly for far too long.” After his tweet, other former Hawkeyes spoke out in droves, sharing stories about racism and...

Opinion | Protesting doesn’t have to be physical

Protesters circle at the intersection of Dubuque St. and Foster Rd. on Friday, June 5, 2020 to spray paint before marching to I-80.

Signe Nettum, Opinions Columnist

June 14, 2020

With the death of George Floyd by the police, another name is added to the list of Black people killed unnecessarily by police officers, sparking protests that have swept the nation. While during any other protest I would be down at the capitol with a sign, raising my voice and using my privilege to he...

Opinion | Antiracism requires antifascist action from our leaders and our people

Graffiti on the intersection of Iowa Avenue and Dubuque Street is seen on June 4.

Elijah Helton, Senior Columnist

June 13, 2020

The Iowa City Police Department attacked the people it is sworn to protect and serve. People were gassed and flashbanged. Videos were recorded and uploaded. Social media lit up. Some online reactions used the word “ashamed.” At the time, I didn’t quite get it. In my head, “ashamed” is ...

Opinion: Tiger King misses the opportunity to bring awareness to animal abuse

A Malayan Tiger roams his area at the San Diego Zoo in San Diego on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019.

Angela Stansbery, Opinions Columnist

May 14, 2020

At the beginning of the series it briefly discusses animal abuse and what each person in the documentary thinks of it. One major consensus though is that those who have cats don’t believe they are the ones abusing them. The show doesn’t dive into opinions, rather letting each person state their...