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Letter to the Editor: CAFOs are factories, not family farms

Letter to the Editor: CAFOs are factories, not family farms

December 2, 2019

The Johnson County supervisors are trying to protect the residents of Johnson County from the industry of concentrated animal feeding operations. Because they don’t have local control, this is difficult. I fully support their efforts in the Unified Development Ordinance to limit concentrated animal f...

Guest Opinion: Elizabeth Warren has the vision and the plans for big, structural change

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, addresses the crowd during the Polk County Steak Fry in Des Moines on Saturday Sept. 21, 2019. 17 democratic candidates gave speeches and grilled steaks.

December 1, 2019

It is a time for choosing in America. The Iowa caucuses are nearing, the 2020 presidential election is looming, and these next several months will define the future of our state and our nation for the rest of our lives. For Americans who believe in liberty and justice for all, defeating President...

Guest Opinion: Johnson County needs to support its farmers

The numerous blades of wheat in one of Dick Sloan’s many farm fields is seen on the morning of June 18, 2019. Sloan utilizes no-till, cover crops, and prairie strips as practices to reduce nutrient runoff and soil erosion.

November 21, 2019

As a fourth-generation farmer raising grain and cattle in Johnson County, I know there is a lot of support for agriculture in eastern Iowa. In fact, I see it almost every time I stop in town to get gas or take my family out to supper. It’s emblazoned on the black and gold shirts of the people I bump...

Guest Opinion: Bernie Sanders values working people

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, addresses supporters at his rally at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. Sen. Sanders and Rep. Osasio-Cortez spoke on climate change and women’s rights.

November 12, 2019

Work is a core value that Iowans share. We like people who get their boots dirty, bale hay from sun-up till sundown — work that last cornrow until every seed is planted. There is nothing more satisfying than a good night’s rest following a hard day’s work creating abundance from our rich Iowa soil. We...

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...