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Guest Opinion: Cory Booker is the best option on gun policy

2020 Democratic Presidential candidate Cory Booker speaks at Doubletree Hilton Hotel in Cedar Rapids on Sunday, June 9, 2019. 19 democrats spoke at the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame.

June 17, 2019

Gun violence has plagued this country for far too long. What should have been dealt with long ago has now, sadly, become near commonplace — not only in our schools and places of worship but in our low-income communities that often get overlooked in the gun-violence conversation. Now, more than ever,...

Guest Opinion: Iowa must do more to protect clean water

The Iowa Capitol is seen on Jan. 14 during the first day of the Legislative session. (Emily Wangen/The Daily Iowan)

June 10, 2019

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Food & Water Watch, and Public Justice have filed a lawsuit against the State of Iowa because we have waited long enough for clean water in Iowa. Voluntary measures and the outdated Master Matrix for factory farm permitting are pipe dreams based on the hope t...

Guest Opinion: Elizabeth Warren has won me over

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a campaign rally in Cedar Rapids on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019.

May 6, 2019

I was excited when Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., announced her presidential exploratory committee on New Year’s Eve, but I wasn’t persuaded yet. I loved that the first major candidate to throw a hat in the ring was a smart, progressive woman with a story to tell about how to rebuild the middle c...

The Doctor Is In: What’s your gut trying to tell you?

The Doctor Is In: What’s your gut trying to tell you?

May 5, 2019

There are trillions of bacteria that live in the intestinal tract, and for the most part, we just ignore them, letting them do their job by digesting food on a daily basis and absorbing the nutrients we put into our body. It’s known that changes to this microbiota can be associated with inflammator...

Guest Opinion: An erstwhile Iowan’s view from Nevada

Attendees cheer for Former Vice President and 2020 Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden at Big Grove Brewery in Iowa City on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Iowa City was the second stop on the Iowa Kickoff Tour for the Biden campaign.

May 2, 2019

With each addition to the sprawling field of Democratic presidential contenders, Nevada gains must-visit attention. Six of the Democratic candidates were in the magnet city of Las Vegas on April 27 to speak to a gathering of union activists and community organizers. A Planned Parenthood staffer...

Guest Opinion: Attacks on Planned Parenthood are counterproductive and ignorant

Guest Opinion: Attacks on Planned Parenthood are counterproductive and ignorant

May 1, 2019

Last week, the Iowa Senate passed an amendment to House File 766 that would block Planned Parenthood from receiving two types of federal grants that fund sex-education programs in Iowa. While Planned Parenthood is no stranger to political attacks, this recent attack is not only unnecessary but compl...

Guest Opinion: Wronkiewicz offers new perspective

Patrick Wronkiewicz poses for a portrait outside of the Adler Journalism Building on Wednesday Oct. 10, 2018.

April 22, 2019

Since Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, announced he wouldn’t run for re-election in the 2nd District, there has been much fanfare and speculation over who might run for Congress to replace him. While many names have been floated for both Republicans and Democrats, there is one potential candidate who shouldn...

Guest Opinion: UI burns the future on Earth Day

Steam swirls around the UI Power Plant on the evening of Monday, Jan. 14, 2019.

April 22, 2019

What would former University of Iowa President Thomas Macbride do on Earth Day in 2019? Would he announce UI’s recognition of the climate emergency in the latest IPCC report by global scientists and launch a plan for a carbon neutral campus like the University of Michigan? Would he recognize the ...

Guest Opinion: Iowa faculty deserve a sick leave bank

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

April 14, 2019

We are faculty in the Department of Rhetoric writing to draw attention to serious flaws in the university’s current catastrophic medical-leave policy. The problems are highlighted by the situation currently faced by one of our colleagues, a lecturer in rhetoric who was diagnosed with an advanced c...

Guest Opinion: UI leaders share message about public-private partnership

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

April 10, 2019

We would like to thank the University of Iowa community for its active and engaged participation surrounding the exploration of a potential public/private partnership (P3) for our utility system. Robust dialogue is necessary to ensure that the university pursues an appropriate strategic direction for the ca...

Guest Opinion: A once-in-a-lifetime learning experience

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, stands on stage at the Second Annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. He serves as the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

April 8, 2019

As you prepare for finals and look ahead to summer jobs, don’t miss out on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Have you ever considered working on Capitol Hill? My U.S. Senate office offers internship opportunities that will give you hands-on work experience in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment....

Guest Opinion: What the Odyssey teaches us about good undergraduate research mentoring

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

April 7, 2019

Well, it’s that time of year — job- and internship-hunting season. Students seek out letters of recommendation from current and past professors and research mentors. Some students participate in summer-research programs while others serve in a faculty mentor’s or department’s lab. The skills...