The Daily Iowan

Nothing fishy about city manager firing

GARY SANDERS, GUEST OPINION

April 27, 2009

“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

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

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

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

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

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...

Interrogation techniques work despite controversy

MARC THIESSEN, WASHINGTON POST

April 23, 2009

In releasing highly classified documents on the CIA interrogation program last week, President Barack Obama declared that the techniques used to question captured terrorists “did not make us safer.” This is patently false....

Support for language learning key in global relations

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

April 22, 2009

Every day, it seems, the distance between the United States and the rest of world shrinks. For decades, the United States had a cushion from most of the world, wedged between the vast Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Now, those vast...

What’s in a (Domain) Name?

NICHOLAS KELLY

April 22, 2009

When retail mega-chain/chronic misspeller Toys R Us purchased the domain name www.toys.com in March, the company bought its way in to an incredibly small online community. However, unlike the standard conception of a “small...

Take Back the Night speaks out against violence

RACHEAL CUMMINGS

April 22, 2009

As recent events in our community show, violence is an ever-present problem, a problem that not only affects women, but also men — a problem that is rooted in our culture, in which media depictions of misogyny and violence are...

Firing city manager shows poor leadership by council

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

April 21, 2009

Days after the Iowa City City Council voted to fire City Manager Michael Lombardo, locals are still standing with hands in the air wondering, “What the hell just happened?” Lombardo’s termination came less than a year after...

Han’s off

BEAU ELLIOT

April 21, 2009

I happened to run into Sean Hannity the other day, and after helping him up and dusting him off — and apologizing for unexpectedly veering to the right — we went off to have a beer and a nice time exchanging tales of our Irish...