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Facebook farce

LOS ANGELES TIMES

February 19, 2009

Be honest. Sometime soon, you — like millions of others around the world — are going to log in to your Facebook account to announce what you’re doing, upload a few photos from your weekend escapades, write a “25 Random...

Lost for words in flood aid

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

February 18, 2009

On March 3, citizens of Linn County will throw open their curtains, greet the swelling airs of spring, and trudge out into the blizzard-melt to cast their votes on the proposed local-option sales-tax increase. Designed to help...

In memory of TV

NICHOLAS KELLY

February 18, 2009

TV, we must talk. TV, I thought we were OK. Remember the good times, TV? When I wrote the columns about how you were swell? How I spoke in your defense, told people you weren’t completely evil, the idiot box they’d called...

The ‘speaking truth to power’ gap

JONAH GOLDBERG

February 18, 2009

“Speak truth to power,” a phrase of Quaker origins adopted by campus radicals, Hollywood gadflies, and establishment journalists, has become something of an abracadabra slogan to justify criticizing government or big corporations. But...

Marijuana legalization would create jobs, government income

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

February 17, 2009

With Iowa’s state government facing a budget shortfall of approximately $600 million and an increasing number of people looking for work, there is an exceedingly practical strategy for economic recovery that very few people...

Hit like a roid

BEAU ELLIOT

February 17, 2009

So it turns out that the economic meltdown (I wonder if we can call it the China Syndrome without irritating the nuclear-power industry, Hollywood, or the Chinese — people are so sensitive these days) has been good for one thing:...

America needs some heroes, flaws and all

GREGORY RODRIGUEZ

February 17, 2009

Michael Phelps smokes pot. A-Rod took steroids. What’s next? Will US Airways Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger get busted too? Americans love to put their heroes on pedestals almost as much as they enjoy tearing them down....

In the blotter should mean out of school

GUEST OPINION

February 16, 2009

I quite liked one sentence in the DI’s recent editorial (Feb. 10) on drinking among UI students: “The [UI] community has a robust alcohol-focused nightlife because many of its members enjoy drinking, not the other way around.”...

Iowa’s energy future is bright, and windy

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

February 16, 2009

Modern energy debates can be dizzying, to say the least. Arguments occur at every level. Completely renewable sources of energy such as solar and wind are inconsistently available. Nuclear energy does not have the toxic emissions...

Here we are now, stimulate us

DEAN TREFTZ

February 16, 2009

Man, February sucks. Aside from the cold, dark, and manufactured holidays that allow the service industry to stagger on to safer, warmer harbors, February is boring. That Dan Quayle and Sarah Palin were both born in February...