The Daily Iowan

Addicted to free

KURT CUNNINGHAM

May 15, 2009

“I’ll take a coffee and a paper.” And so it goes — the age-old of tradition of breakfast and news. For some, those were the first words spoken in the morning. But then, the Internet came along, ruining the idea of black...

Public bike system would unclutter downtown and be eco-friendly

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

May 14, 2009

What if there were a way to get around Iowa City without having to wage battle with thousands of vehicles all vying for the one spot? What if the UI decided to follow through on its promise to improve local ecology and our (humans’)...

Living the Dream

DEAN TREFTZ

May 14, 2009

“You’re graduating? Congratulations!” Ouch — hey, what’d I do to you? “So what’re you doing afterwards?” Jesus, that one was below the belt. Wouldja lay off already? “Got a job lined up yet?” What the hell, ...

Of numerous health-care plans, none gets it quite right

JUSTIN SUGG

May 14, 2009

Leaders from the pantheon of America’s health-care industry sent President Obama a two-page letter Monday, pledging a series of reforms to reduce America’s health-care costs by — insert raised pinky in corner of maniacal...

Housing-assistance program has severe flaws on the local level

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

May 13, 2009

At the heart of the tenant-landlord relationship is trust. Though money may seem a substitute for trust, it often does little to calm fears from both the tenant and landlord have that the other party may not honor a housing agreement....

Best of the Essential Mighty Shop II

NICHOLAS KELLY

May 13, 2009

Hello again, and welcome back for the second (and final) installment of “The Best of The Essential Mighty Shop,” a collection of tales plucked from the depths of the L&M Mighty Shop log books. For those who missed last...

Young Democrats twice as common as young Republicans

MORLEY WINOGRAD AND MICHAEL D. HAIS, LOS ANGELES TIMES

May 13, 2009

If the Republican Party thinks it has problems now, just wait. The party’s incredibly poor performance among young voters in the 2008 election raises questions about the long-term competitiveness of the GOP. The “millennials”...

Reality vs. baseball

BEAU ELLIOT

May 12, 2009

The U.S. economy dropped another 539,000 jobs in April, according to various reports — which I realize is not the news that those of you about to embark on what we euphemistically call “the real world” necessarily wish to...

Skip the bars, take advantage of intellectual opportunities

FRANK DURHAM

May 12, 2009

Some topics get saved for big moments, such as commencement addresses, “last lectures,” and retirement parties. But others need to be spoken within the daily give and take. Being direct has its place. Here goes. The other...

Religious struggle in Pakistan difficult to pull apart

SELIG S. HARRISON, WASHINGTON POST

May 12, 2009

To American eyes, the struggle raging in Pakistan with the Taliban is about religious fanaticism. But in Pakistan, it is about an explosive fusion of Islamist zeal and simmering ethnic tensions that have been exacerbated by U.S....

The looming ‘real world’

DAN WATSON

May 11, 2009

On the eve of graduation, reflecting on life after education “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it,” my mom told me when I was being an obnoxious little smartass. With this in mind, I’m going to review 10 of...

Ailing GOP should look to British Conservatives for cue

JAMES FORSYTH, WASHINGTON POST

May 11, 2009

A shrinking base, a high-profile defection skillfully managed by the other side, an idiotic delight at how the party is becoming “purer” — that’s the GOP today. And to British ears, it all sounds very familiar. It is distinctly...