The Daily Iowan

Guest Opinion | An open letter to students

The Old Capitol is seen on Nov. 19, 2019.

July 6, 2020

We’d love to say that we’re eagerly anticipating meeting you this fall, but we have to be honest. We’re scared. We write this on the twelfth consecutive day of new, double-digit COVID-19 cases in Johnson County. We’re scared for our health and yours, and we’re deeply concerned about the d...

Guest Opinion | A fond farewell to The Mill

The Mill is seen on Monday, March 11th, 2019.

June 29, 2020

When word broke this week of The Mill closing, it prompted crying emojis in our office’s Slack channel. The Mill has been our 2nd downtown office, with our rent paid exclusively in happy hour pints & fried pickles. My colleagues were understandably bummed. The Mill is an iconic downtown Iowa ...

Guest Opinion | Government workers should not be paid to testify against state accusations

The front window of Pints is seen on June 25 in Iowa City. (Jake Maish/The Daily Iowan)

June 25, 2020

Should highly paid state employees such as university faculty be permitted to run lucrative side-businesses as expert defense witnesses in cases prosecuted by Iowa state agencies? Or is the state empowered to deem such testimony a conflict of interest and prohibit its employees from testifying unles...

Guest Opinion | UI English professors call for reinstatement of liberal-arts faculty

Student made paintings are shown inside the EPB on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. Students from the art department moved these paintings to the EPB in attempt to make the building less bland.

June 21, 2020

On a day last week when the entire university community was asked to cease “business as usual” and contemplate solutions to institutional racism, administrators at the University of Iowa had other things on their minds. They were busy terminating the contracts of 15 instructional-track facul...

Guest Opinion | I Can’t Breathe

A protester puts their bicycle on the ground before sitting down in front of police officers. Officers fired tear gas on the crowd after protesters disobeyed an order not to advance. Several protesters reported that no one in the crowd made physical contact with officers before being tear gassed unexpectedly. This protestor sat on the ground amid a cloud of tear gas for several minutes.

June 16, 2020

The gas never really got to me. I never needed water or antacid poured into my eyes because of the burns. With it being a powder, it never got on my skin so that I might rub it on my face later and start the process over again. Although I did cough a little, I was not bent over hacking because it go...

Guest Opinion | Department of Anthropology unequivocally condemns police violence and white supremacy

Macbride Hall is seen on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020.

June 11, 2020

We, the members of the Department of Anthropology, stand in unreserved solidarity with Black people of this country as they confront organizations that perpetuate racialized violence and institutionalize White supremacy. We denounce the racial violence enacted by the police, sanctioned by state gover...

Guest Opinion | The University of Iowa must divest from ICPD, the Iowa State Patrol, and CPD

Guest Opinion | The University of Iowa must divest from ICPD, the Iowa State Patrol, and CPD

June 9, 2020

To President Harreld and all University of Iowa administrators, My name is Isabella Senno and I am a recent UI graduate. I’m writing today to demand that the UI cease contractual agreements with the Iowa City Police Department, and end its affiliation with the Iowa State Patrol and the Coral...

Guest Opinion: Take time to celebrate your University of Iowa graduation, 2020 Hawkeyes

Graphic by Katina Zentz

May 15, 2020

Dear Seniors, The last time I saw any of you, it was March — not even Saint Patrick’s Day. In a lot of ways, it seems like a whole different world. I know this semester has been strange for you. It’s been strange for me, too. I’ve missed interacting with you. I can’t imagine how it m...

Guest Opinion: VOTE411 provides nonpartisan candidate information for June 2 primary

The Iowa State Capitol building is seen in Des Moines on April 9, 2019.

May 6, 2020

VOTE411 provides voters with information about the candidates on the ballot in the June 2 primary election. The League of Women Voters created the election-related website as a one-stop location for nonpartisan information for the public. Each candidate was invited to respond to a set of quest...

Guest Opinion: Proud to support Christina Bohannan for Iowa House

Iowa House candidate Christina Bohannon speaks during the kickoff event for her Iowa House bid at Big Grove on Wednesday, November 13, 2019. Bohannon advocates for combating climate change, voices for education, and addressing gun violence.

April 29, 2020

I am asking you to vote for Christina Bohannan for Iowa House District 85, to help stop the gun violence that has plagued this country for far too long. What our elected officials should have dealt with long ago has continued to a point where it is no longer shocking to see a headline of another mass ...

Guest Opinion: Bohannan nominated as ‘Gun Sense Candidate’

Source: uiowa.edu

April 27, 2020

To the Editor: Congratulations to Democratic State House candidate Christina Bohannan, who has just been awarded the “Gun Sense Candidate” distinction by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. The designation is awarded on a nonpartisan basis to candidates for public office who have ...

Guest Opinion: New Unidos LLC set to empower UI Latinx community

Guest Opinion: New Unidos LLC set to empower UI Latinx community

April 23, 2020

Several weeks before the 2016 presidential election, I started at the University of Iowa as a first-generation college student — a start to a new and big chapter in my life. I set my educational goals and acclimated to my classes, but one thing I did not expect to do was learn to deal with anti-...