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Students, hit the snooze button and take advantage of late classes

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

May 8, 2009

Offering more night classes is the latest scheme UI officials are putting in place in an effort to keep students from having fun. At least, that’s how some students see the move. While policymakers on campus may have drinking...

Soda, so good

EMILEIGH BARNES AND KURT CUNNINGHAM

May 8, 2009

Emileigh: I’ve heard, through anonymous groans on our comment board lately, that some readers think my column doesn’t talk about serious enough topics. Of course, this is tricky, since, as the editor, I can’t technically take...

Look outside federal courts for Supreme Court post

TIM RUTTEN, LOS ANGELES TIMES

May 8, 2009

By the end of the week, we’ll probably know whom President Obama plans to nominate as retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter’s successor. With all respect to the crack economic team the president has working overtime...

Gun increase in eastern Iowa due in part to rampant fear

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

May 6, 2009

People are scared. That seems to be the nominal American mindset these days. What are we all so nervous about? Oh, my. It wouldn’t be so difficult to compile a list of terrors, it would just be redundant. You’re already reading...

Best of the essential Mighty Shop

NICHOLAS KELLY

May 6, 2009

When I’m not here, making a strange face in the upper right corner of this page, it’s entirely possible you could find me at my other place of employment, the venerable L&M Mighty Shop. While at the Mighty, one of the...

President’s auto plan should put profit first

EVA RODRIGUEZ, WASHINGTON POST

May 6, 2009

“I don’t want to run auto companies,” President Obama said last week. “I’m not an auto engineer. I don’t know how to create an affordable, well-designed plug-in hybrid.” To those of us who still quaintly believe...

Panic and hype have reached pandemic levels

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

May 5, 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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...