The Daily Iowan

Support for language learning key in global relations

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

April 22, 2009

Filed under Opinions

Every day, it seems, the distance between the United States and the rest of world shrinks. For decades, the United States had a cushion from most of the world, wedged between the vast Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Now, those vast...

What’s in a (Domain) Name?

NICHOLAS KELLY

April 22, 2009

Filed under Opinions

When retail mega-chain/chronic misspeller Toys R Us purchased the domain name www.toys.com in March, the company bought its way in to an incredibly small online community. However, unlike the standard conception of a “small...

Take Back the Night speaks out against violence

RACHEAL CUMMINGS

April 22, 2009

Filed under Opinions

As recent events in our community show, violence is an ever-present problem, a problem that not only affects women, but also men — a problem that is rooted in our culture, in which media depictions of misogyny and violence are...

Firing city manager shows poor leadership by council

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

April 21, 2009

Filed under Opinions

Days after the Iowa City City Council voted to fire City Manager Michael Lombardo, locals are still standing with hands in the air wondering, “What the hell just happened?” Lombardo’s termination came less than a year after...

Han’s off

BEAU ELLIOT

April 21, 2009

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I happened to run into Sean Hannity the other day, and after helping him up and dusting him off — and apologizing for unexpectedly veering to the right — we went off to have a beer and a nice time exchanging tales of our Irish...

Raising taxes raises some sticky questions

DOYLE MCMANUS, LOS ANGELES TIMES

April 21, 2009

Filed under Opinions

It’s an ingenious plan, even elegant in a wonky way. To help fund health care for the estimated 47 million uninsured Americans, budget chief Peter Orszag has proposed changing how the nation’s wealthiest claim income-tax deductions. The...

Campus voting system lacks usability

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

April 20, 2009

Filed under Opinions

Voting started early this morning for this year’s UI Student Government election — hopefully. But that’s the same thing they told us last week, when voting was originally slated to begin. But then a technical glitch downed...

As the world burns

DEAN TREFTZ

April 20, 2009

Filed under Opinions

All right, it’s April; where are my tornadoes? As a Midwesterner, I feel like it’s my right to cower in some basement and with a guilty excitement wonder what it must be like in that trailer park a mile away. Hell, I’ll...

The world’s most unlikely songbird

AMY WILENTZ, LOS ANGELES TIMES

April 20, 2009

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It is a bad world in which to be an almost-50-year-old virgin, unemployed, with frizzy hair, midriff bulge, and a figure like a spinster teacher from the 1940s. In the international world of televised talent shows, you’re simply...

Turning students away from alcohol panel is ridiculous

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

April 17, 2009

Filed under Opinions

There’s no use trying to hide from it — students are likely the root of downtown violence. But it stands to reason that those same students would be effective in figuring out solutions to Iowa City’s dangerous drinking problems....

Tough questions

KURT CUNNINGHAM

April 17, 2009

Filed under Opinions

Since the start of this year, I have heard professors and colleagues of mine harp about the declining newspaper industry. They ask such questions as “where will all the graduates of Iowa’s journalism program find themselves?,”...

Gays should relish their victory, then move on

JACK KIRCHICK, WASHINGTON POST

April 17, 2009

Filed under Opinions

Just in time for spring wedding season, gay-marriage activists are celebrating a triumphant few weeks. On April 7, the Vermont Legislature effectively legalized same-sex unions in that state. Days earlier, the Iowa Supreme Court...