The Daily Iowan

Letter to the Editor | Thoughts of a past coach

Then-Iowa diving coach Bob Rydze watches as athletes dive into the pool at the Iowa Recreation and Wellness Center on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011.

September 20, 2020

In the summer of 1975 I was hired by Bump Elliott and the new swim coach Glen Patton as the head diving coach at the University of Iowa. Little did I know that I would be retiring after 37 years in Iowa City. In five years we took a program that was 10th in the conference for many years to stopp...

Letter to the Editor | When they go low we go Hai Huyhn

Letter to the Editor | When they go low we go Hai Huyhn

September 20, 2020

Dear Coralville Residents, Representing some of the beautiful diversity within the Latinx community, Paola and Cristina, have the honor of working with Hai Huyhn and supporting her candidacy for the Coralville City Council seat. We have seen Hai serve the Coralville community with such tenacity and wo...

Letter to the Editor | Help housing to help families

A for rent sign is seen on March 29, 2019.

September 10, 2020

As our economy battles back from the coronavirus-induced recession, housing has experienced the strongest rebound among individual economic sectors. From nearly the beginning of the pandemic, residential construction was deemed essential, ensuring residents had a safe place to shelter. With mortg...

Letter to the Editor | Our children were attacked

Protesters walk down Burlington Street during a Black Lives Matter protest organized by the Iowa Freedom Riders on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. This protest, a part of a four day protest streak, included a memorial for UI student Makeda Scott. Mourners left flowers and candles in front of the Old Capitol Building.

September 8, 2020

Our Iowa City Police Department and our Iowa State Patrol attacked our kids with terrifying weapons. There is no other conclusion when watching the released bodycam footage from the night of June 3, when Black Lives Matter protesters attempted to enter Interstate 80. Officers were there in su...

Letter to the Editor | Hypocrisy must know no bounds!

University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld addresses members of UISG virtually at the first University of Iowa Student Government Meeting on Tuesday, August 25, 2020. (Nichole Maryse Harris/The Daily Iowan)

August 27, 2020

I just read the open letter from Bruce Harreld to the Iowa City community and it's definitely a funny read!  You seriously think this governor's "proclamations" mean anything coming from a governor who would not even issue shelter-in-place nor mandatory mask requirements in line with any CDC r...

Letter to the Editor | Support for ICCSD

A sign for the Iowa City Community School District is seen outside the district's administration building on Tuesday, April 28.

August 15, 2020

The Johnson County Democrat Central Committee supports efforts by the Iowa City Community School District to exercise local control in setting the best path for the new school year.  Local leaders made decisions based on science and medical knowledge. They were elected to make decisions for...

Letter to the Editor | Opening schools is a mistake

The Old Capitol is seen on Thursday, March 12, 2020.

August 2, 2020

Taking the lead from President Trump, Gov. Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg recently overruled local school officials and ordered Iowa kids and teachers back to in-person school in four weeks. Their decision upends weeks of planning and preparation by local school boards, superintendents, teach...

Letter to the Editor | A dangerous new gun law

Members of Moms Demand Action march during the 2019 Homecoming Parade on Oct. 18 in Downtown Iowa City.

July 19, 2020

On July 7, the Iowa City City Council repealed an ordinance, passed in 2011, which prohibited guns in city buildings and on city buses. Council members took this action with outspoken frustration, viewing the action as necessary to comply with HF 2502, a new law enacted by the Republican Legislature this ...

Letter to the Editor | International students should not have to choose between their health and their education

Over 100 flags are on display on the Iowa Memorial Union Pedestrian Bridge to recognize the international students on campus.

July 12, 2020

On Monday, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced new guidelines that would prohibit international students from taking their college courses exclusively online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Failure to follow this guidance would mean students face immediate deportation from the U...

Letter to the Editor | The UI budget has gone to the dogs

The Old Capitol is seen on Thursday, March 12, 2020.

July 2, 2020

The University of Iowa’s response to pandemic-related budget cuts places the fiscal tail in charge of wagging the educational dog. Though cuts are necessary, university administrators seem determined to make them without regard to the quality of the overall educational program; some are in direc...

Letter to the Editor | Reinstate Dr. Heckner

The Old Capitol is seen on April 13, 2020.

June 28, 2020

I understand the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the University of Iowa. However, I am shocked and distraught by the way the university handled the firing of some its lecturers, especially those that I believe are essential to providing education regarding the Holocaust, genoc...

Letter to the Editor: Mapping diversity of autism key to understanding

The Old Capitol is seen on April 13, 2020.

May 26, 2020

As the Iowa principal investigator for SPARK, UI associate professor of psychiatry, and board member of the Autism Society of Iowa, I have had a front row seat to the community response as we have conducted this study of autism in Iowa over the past three years. Thousands of Iowans have joined hundreds of tho...