The Daily Iowan

Banning new bars won’t end dangerous drinking

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

April 14, 2009

Filed under Opinions

A plan to put an end to new bars springing up downtown will likely do little to address binge drinking or the recent string of downtown fights. A proposal, which the Iowa City Planning and Zoning Commission will soon consider,...

What’s ina day?

BEAU ELLIOT

April 14, 2009

Filed under Opinions

Today is Be Kind to Lawyers Day. Just so you know to lay off the shark and professional-courtesy jokes. It might also be Be Kind to Student Politicians Who Wish to Steal Newspapers Day. (It makes sense to be kind to them —...

A nuclear-powered Middle East is good for U.S.

SONNI EFRON, LOS ANGELES TIMES

April 14, 2009

Filed under Opinions

Should the United States sell advanced civilian nuclear reactors to a Middle East country that doesn’t seem to need them? A country that can keep pumping oil for the next 100 years, that has a pipeline to a vast natural-gas...

Of three good parties, Your Party stands out

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

April 13, 2009

Filed under Opinions

There is no party in this week’s UI Student Government election that has taken our breath away. We have three good parties to choose from but not one great party. But, after meeting with representatives from each of the three...

Avoid glitzy campaign issues

DANNY VALENTINE AND BRYCE BAUER

April 13, 2009

Filed under Opinions

Today and Tuesday, voters will choose among three UI Student Government parties, all of which are running on platforms speckled with some flashy campaigns issues, such as freezing tuition and making more on-campus parking free. But...

UISG election mimics national politics

LAWRENCE DE GEEST

April 13, 2009

Filed under Opinions

It is hard to accept that UI Student Government is an uncompromising three-way that pleasurably chaffs everyone within it. But a game theorist would argue it makes sense. Even though only one will emerge president, they will all...

Tuition freeze not the best option for fighting college cost

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

April 10, 2009

Filed under Opinions

We were wrong. In an editorial earlier this week, this Editorial Board endorsed the idea of UI Student Government leaders pursuing a tuition freeze. After discussions with representatives from each of the parties in next week’s...

Avoiding small talk

KURT CUNNINGHAM

April 10, 2009

Filed under Opinions

Small talk and I do not make a good fit. Furthermore, I’ve spent half of my life trying to avoid situations that involve talking to people just to kill time. As a general rule of thumb, I don’t talk with individuals in whom...

Lending an ear to newspaper web comments

DOUG FEAVER, WASHINGTON POST

April 10, 2009

Filed under Opinions

I am writing in defense of the anonymous, unmoderated, often appallingly inaccurate, sometimes profane, frequently off point, and occasionally bigoted reader comments that washingtonpost.com allows to be published at the end of...

UI researchers take step toward birth-control equality

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

April 9, 2009

Filed under Opinions

The prospect of a male birth-control pill has been making international headlines. That is likely years away, but a study recently published by UI researchers is a promising step toward developing a new male contraceptive. We...

Chivalry modernized

NATE WHITNEY

April 9, 2009

Filed under Opinions

Years ago I dated Amber, who was adamant but not forceful that I always open the door for her when getting in the car or going into a restaurant. That could be construed as “being whipped,” or it could be that she was “high...

Losing the ‘war on terror’ one word at a time

REZA ASLAN, SPECIAL TO THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

April 9, 2009

Filed under Opinions

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton let slip last week that the Obama administration has abandoned the phrase “war on terror.” Its absence had been noted by commentators. There was no directive, Rodham Clinton said,...