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Guest Opinion: Mayor Pete makes me feel bold

Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, IN., speaks during the 2019 Liberty and Justice Celebration at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Friday, November 1, 2019.

November 6, 2019

In September, I watched Pete Buttigieg make history as the first person to share their coming out story on a presidential debate stage. I have never felt so impassioned by a political candidate. I shed tears watching the South Bend, Indiana, mayor tell the story of what it’s like to come out as an...

Guest Opinion: Amy Klobuchar can make progress happen

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks during the 2019 Liberty and Justice Celebration at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Friday, November 1, 2019.

November 5, 2019

I had the privilege of attending the Liberty and Justice Celebration on my first trip to Iowa. It is a fine example of democracy where competing candidates and their supporters gather to listen to ideas in a peaceful, festive gathering. I listened carefully to the Democratic presidential candidates....

Guest Opinion: Civic engagement must be a top priority for UI

Icicles form on the Old Capitol on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019.

October 30, 2019

I came to the University of Iowa because I loved how embedded the school is within the Iowa City community. As a born and bred Iowan, I liked the idea of staying close to home and attending a public university dedicated to improving the lives of Iowans such as myself. But nearly two-and-a-half years in...

Guest Opinion: Janice Weiner is best Iowa City City Council candidate to tackle community issues

City Council candidate Janice Weiner answers questions during an interview with The Daily Iowan in the Adler Journalism Building on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. Weiner is running against Megan Alter and Laura Bergus for two at-large city council seats.

October 28, 2019

Local governance works best when local governments work together.  The Iowa City Community School District serves students who reside under the jurisdiction of many local-government entities. The Iowa City City Council is an important government partner.  Since moving back to the area after a dist...

Guest Opinion: Laura Bergus deserves a chance at Iowa City City Council

Contributed photo of Laura Bergus

October 21, 2019

As the founder of the Tenants’ Project, a Goosetown homeowner, and an early supporter of Rockne Cole when Rockne announced that he couldn’t run for City Council, I wasn’t sure where that left pragmatic progressives in Iowa City. Too often the choice has been between the old guard, where a hidden...

Guest Opinion: Janice Weiner is the best fit for Iowa City City Council

City Council candidates Laura Bergus (left), Janice Weiner (center) and Megan Alter speak with potential supports at the UISG City Council Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. Bergus, Weiner, and Alter are running for two at-large City Council seats.

October 17, 2019

Janice Weiner has been — and is — many things. A public servant. An Iowa City native. A diplomat. A mother and grandmother. And now, she wants to be one of our city councilors at-large. I’m supporting Janice for many reasons, including the many different roles she has played, which have qualified...

Guest Opinion: Government should follow example of climate kids

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks at the Iowa City Climate Strike in downtown Iowa City on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019.

October 8, 2019

Around 3,000 Iowans showed up in downtown Iowa City Oct. 4 and cheered wildly as 16-year-old Greta Thunberg of Sweden took to the stage. As a member of 100 Grannies for a Livable Future, which has been supporting the local school Climate Strikers for months, I was thrilled to share the stage with Thunberg...

Guest opinion: The Doctor Is In: The bacteria behind the rare ‘silent killer’ of college outbreaks

Close-up medical syringe with a vaccine.

October 7, 2019

We’ve all heard the horror stories about meningitis: A perfectly healthy college student tells their friends they have a headache before going to bed and then is found dead in the morning. The media labeling meningitis as “The Silent Killer” did nothing to make it sound less terrifying, but perhaps...

Guest Opinion: New ethanol rules hurt small farmers

The Old Capitol is seen on Nov. 25, 2018.

September 29, 2019

I grew up on a farm. My wife grew up on a farm. My family and I still own a farm that has been in our family for 154 years. My letter concerns a threat to that farm, and to all the Iowans who depend on agriculture. Recent actions by the Trump administration threaten small, independent-farm ownership...

Guest Opinion: Iowa and ISU fans need better sportsmanship

Spectators sit in the rain during a football game between Iowa and Iowa State at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames on Saturday, September 14, 2019. The Hawkeyes retained the Cy-Hawk Trophy for the fifth consecutive year, downing the Cyclones, 18-17.

September 20, 2019

As proud Iowa State University alums, we were mortified to learn of our daughter’s experience at the 2019 Cy-Hawk game as a member of the Hawkeye Marching Band. She described ISU fans who swore at the band, yelled “go home,” and continuously flipped them the bird. As ISU alums, we are appalled...

Guest Opinion: Why I’m caucusing for Beto O’Rourke

Beto O'Rourke sits down for an interview with Daily Iowan staff in the IMU on April 7, 2019. O'Rourke will be running for the democratic nomination for president.

September 17, 2019

I first met former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, when he came to Iowa’s campus last spring. Since being a part of a political organization at the University of Iowa, I have learned how to tell a good candidate from a bad candidate when it comes to how enthusiastic that said candidate is to meet young...