The Daily Iowan

Help for county medical examiner should be on the way

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

September 21, 2009

Filed under Opinions

The recent news of the overworked Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Department highlights the brutal truth that reality is nothing like an episode of “Law and Order.” The department has experienced a sharp uptick of cases...

Tailgating: The quintessential Iowa tradition

MICHAEL DALE-STEIN

September 21, 2009

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My head hurt, my mouth was dry, and the creep of darkness flooded my apartment bedroom. After popping a handful of ibuprofen, I sat down on the couch and remembered the day — a morning of tailgating at infamous Melrose Court....

Guest Opinion: Redskins need a new name

EVA RODRIGUEZ - GUEST OPINION

September 21, 2009

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I hate politically correct orthodoxy, that reflexive tendency to corral thought and language into neat little “good” and “bad” boxes. To me, it’s a kind of social disorder, a self-imposed censorship that often stymies...

UI’s hypocrisy clear in recent acceptance of ExxonMobil donation

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

September 18, 2009

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The UI is going through tough times. The economic recession has wreaked havoc on the university’s finances. It has cut deeply into the state’s budget, and that, in turn, has sliced through the UI’s. The university has had...

Guest Opinion: A tackle box full of race bait

JONAH GOLDBERG

September 18, 2009

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Of all the poisonous, ugly, and intellectually vapid controversies ginned up in my lifetime, the current breakout of St. Vitus’ Dance over the “racist” opposition to Barack Obama may be the most egregious. Al Sharpton...

Let’s take ‘all children forward’

ARNE DUNCAN - GUEST OPINION

September 17, 2009

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In our first 100 days, the Obama administration has presented a comprehensive education agenda — from the cradle through college — that protects children and jobs in the short term and invests in the long term by advancing...

The high cost of education

SIMEON TALLEY

September 17, 2009

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College costs are going up, but students may soon have some help in making it more affordable. The U.S. House is expected to vote today on a bill that could greatly increase financial aid for students. The Student Aid and Fiscal...

Vick haters should forgive and forget

SUSAN REIMER - GUEST OPINION

September 17, 2009

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The NFL season has begun, and I know who I am rooting for. Michael Vick. Once the highest-paid and perhaps most dynamic player in professional football, Vick has paid one of the highest prices in the history of animal cruelty....

UISG in for a difficult year

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

September 16, 2009

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Plagued by delayed voting and accusations of cheating and name-calling, controversy abounded during last spring’s UI Student Government election. This academic year, UISG faces an equally challenging year. In order to have...

RIP, Norman Borlaug

MICHAEL DAVIS

September 16, 2009

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A great man and a great Iowan passed away over the weekend: scientist and humanitarian Norman Borlaug. It’s tough to use just one name to define Borlaug, especially considering he despised that “father” moniker. Every man...

Lessons from an Iowa House race

STEFFEN SCHMIDT - GUEST OPINION

September 16, 2009

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Democrat Curt Hanson won by a margin of just 107 votes in a special election earlier this month in Iowa’s House District 90. The race was interesting because off-year elections allow you to take the temperature of politics. This...

General timetable needed for IMU restoration project

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

September 15, 2009

Filed under Opinions

The IMU’s ground floor doesn’t contain any mud, mold, or moisture from the flood. It also doesn’t contain anything that made it the popular hangout it once was. The devastating 2008 flood washed away all resemblance the...