The Daily Iowan

Republican rebound?

SIMEON TALLEY

August 27, 2009

Filed under Opinions

Is the Iowa Republican Party making a comeback? After taking a beating from Democrats in 2006 and 2008, GOP officials sound a lot more optimistic than they did in January. After the November presidential election, many inside...

Conservatives will miss Ted Kennedy too

CAL THOMAS - GUEST OPINION

August 27, 2009

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Most of my adult life has been intertwined with the Kennedy family. As a freshman at American University in 1960, I stayed up late watching the election returns, as John F. Kennedy barely eked out a victory over Richard Nixon....

Curfew preferable to discretion-oriented policy

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

August 26, 2009

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With thousands of inebriated students and alcohol-related violence prevalent, Iowa City police are right to patrol the Pedestrian Mall and surrounding areas. But the relatively incipient, yet pernicious problem of youth violence...

Digest more positivity

MICHAEL DAVIS

August 26, 2009

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Reader’s Digest’s recent filing of Chapter 11 bankruptcy is a tough to swallow for all Listerine addicts around the country. For the last 80 years, dentist offices have been littered with countless copies of the publication....

The Obama administration’s split personality

JULES WITCOVER - GUEST OPINION

August 26, 2009

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While President Obama continues without much reward his attempts to play nice with his Republican opposition, his Justice Department is refusing to let bygones be bygones. His attorney general, Eric Holder, has appointed a special...

Correct strategy, not just increased numbers, needed to combat alcohol-related violence

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

August 25, 2009

Filed under Opinions

Students aren’t the only group returning to downtown in large numbers this fall. Police officers will also be there to ticket people for underage drinking, arrest them for public intoxication, and, hopefully, protect the public...

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

Filed under Opinions

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...