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Dogged laughter

BEAU ELLIOT

August 25, 2009

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Some August, huh? Who knew that death panels were staked out in every corner of the land, drooling that hideous socialist spittle and itching to kill grandma and Sarah Palin’s child? (Who knew this country had so many corners?) For...

Lax gun laws, extremism put the country at risk

JESSE JACKSON - GUEST OPINION

August 25, 2009

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In New Hampshire and Arizona, men openly packing guns came to an event where the president was speaking. In Arizona, one man brandished an assault rifle, a rifle designed for only one thing: killing human beings. Now, it turns...

Free bus route to mall symbolic, offers opportunities

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

August 24, 2009

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As UI officials continue in their attempts to combat underage drinking, one recent move might add a fun and easy way to do just that. This fall, the university has paired with the Coralville Transit System to allow students to...

Busting health-care myths

JUSTIN SUGG

August 24, 2009

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Irrational rage and political fearmongering have drowned out the voices of truth and reason in America’s health-care debate. What was once a civilized discussion now resembles downtown Iowa City after the bars close. Falsehoods...

Wrong messages have plagued Obama’s health reform

RUBEN NAVARRETTE JR. - GUEST OPINION

August 24, 2009

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In order to diagnose what ails President Obama’s push for health-care reform, we need less heated rhetoric and more Cool Hand Luke. In a memorable line from the 1967 film, a prison warden surmises: “What we’ve got here...

Attempt to ban bikers is misguided, lacks foresight

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

August 21, 2009

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While Iowa City leaders have been attempting to make Iowa City more biker friendly — and rightly so — one Iowa group is looking to do exactly the opposite. Citing safety concerns, the Citizens for Safety Coalition has created...

Consumerism Galore — the free-market or over-indulgent consumers?

MARIA PETH - GUEST OPINION

August 21, 2009

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I stand in the aisle of the local store slightly overwhelmed with the plethora of choices available to me. I count 15 separate shampoo brands and just as many hair conditioners, not to mention the hair gels and creams. As a child,...

Listen up, freshmen

MICHAEL DALE-STEIN

August 21, 2009

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The sun is shining, the line to buy parking spots at Apartments Downtown is around the block, and freshmen will soon be seen scratching their heads in the T. Anne Cleary Walkway, class schedule printout in hand. Three years have...

Misperceptions and lack of city-wide community contribute to South Side violence

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

August 20, 2009

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The owners of Los Cocos bar announced last week they would close its doors. The decision to shutter the bar followed the latest in a series of shooting incidents outside the establishment. The bar, formerly located at 1921 Keokuk...

Healthcare reform: What’s in it for young people?

SIMEON TALLEY

August 20, 2009

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The debate taking place over health-care reform has riled up both the left and the right. Screaming matches at town halls, hanging effigies outside of congressional offices, and accusations of euthanasia have all unfortunately...

Health-care system overhaul unnecessary

YUAN ZHOU - GUEST OPINION

August 20, 2009

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The health reform proposal by President Obama has spurred a national debate over the issue. As we know, America is famous for its skyrocketing health-care costs and leaving tens of millions of Americans without health-care coverage....

Iowa City can’t afford to scrap downtown bars

ADAM SULLIVAN

July 30, 2009

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Enough is enough, Iowa City Mayor Regenia Bailey said this week about our city’s underage drinking problem. Bailey and other city councilors voted to deny liquor licenses to two downtown bars on Tuesday. The City Council a...