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Panic and hype have reached pandemic levels

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

May 5, 2009

Filed under Opinions

People with runny noses, congestion, or a bad cough can be a common sight in spring. Along with sunnier days, the occasional rainy day, and warmer temperatures, spring allergies are a rite of passage — oddly, a sign of good...

Yikes

BEAU ELLIOT

May 5, 2009

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Yikes. (We’re all going to die of swine flu.) (Or not. Who can tell these days? Those are just the kind of days we have, these days.) (But with all the swine-flu hysteria in the last week or so — especially on cable news,...

Afghan strategy creating enemies, not eliminating them

DOYLE MCMANUS, LOS ANGELES TIMES

May 5, 2009

Filed under Opinions

David Kilcullen is no soft-headed peacenik. He’s a beefy, 41-year-old former Australian army officer who served in Iraq as a top adviser to U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus. He’s one of the counterinsurgency warrior/theorists...

A regressive tax during a recession? No way

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

May 4, 2009

Filed under Opinions

Just months after the end of the longest presidential election season ever, voters will head back to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots regarding a local-option sales tax. The tax, if passed, would make sales tax 7 percent, up...

Celebrate gay rights, but recognize it as a nonissue

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

April 27, 2009

Filed under Opinions

An interesting case of news that isn’t news: Today’s the day that gay and lesbian marriages make their way into documented history for the state of Iowa. What makes this news isn’t the bright glare of utter precedent, or...

Tales from music road

NICK FETTY

April 27, 2009

Filed under Opinions

Second only to Hawkeye football, music festivals are the biggest passion in my life. Your pounding hangover and unbearable heat inside the tent force you to wake up. As you step outside, the smell of marijuana smoke fills your...

Nothing fishy about city manager firing

GARY SANDERS, GUEST OPINION

April 27, 2009

Filed under Opinions

“I certainly wouldn’t hire him again.” Is that Iowa City Mayor Regenia Bailey talking about recently fired City Manager Michael Lombardo? No, it’s Allegan County, Mich., County Commissioner Steve McNeal. But McNeal is...

Kudos to city’s new direction in combating downtown violence

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

April 24, 2009

Filed under Opinions

Last weekend marked a new direction in Iowa City’s war on alcohol-fueled violence. The police, despite adding four officers to patrol downtown, issued only one PAULA ticket and made only eight bar checks between April 17 and...

Gun trade killing Mexico

KURT CUNNINGHAM

April 24, 2009

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I have often wondered what it would be like to live in the ’80s, when pastel colors roamed free to the sounds of hair-metal. It was a time in which Miami was a cultural icon for a prosperous America. Well, those days are quickly...

Big government means bad environmentalism

LAURA HUGGINS, LOS ANGELES TIMES

April 24, 2009

Filed under Opinions

Earth Day arrived Wednesday, and with it, several “green” events, including the broadcasting of “Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau” on public television and in schools. This is surprising at a time when government involvement...

Libraries’ fine enforcement borders on excessive

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

April 23, 2009

Filed under Opinions

Libraries across eastern Iowa are cracking down on fines. Many people who have returned overdue items to their local libraries are finding themselves being hounded by collection agencies as the libraries become adamant about late...

Flying thoughts

ADAM SULLIVAN

April 23, 2009

Filed under Opinions

Journalism and weather. I hate that combination. But Wednesday’s blue skies were just too nice for me to resist writing about. Do you remember those few February days that hit 60 degrees? After months of wintery pain, we had...