The Daily Iowan

Grand old jesters

CHRISTOPHER PATTON

March 13, 2009

Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Mike Strawn has a new comedy routine that he’s taking on the road. Filled with ironic self-deprecation, the act is bound to be a hit. “We don’t need to change who we are to win elections,”...

Home is what the heart defends blindly

C.T. GILBERT

March 13, 2009

What do you call home? Is it your place of birth, the family house? Or maybe less literal, the “home is where the heart is” kind of deal: the ragged and rotting bedroom in a five-person one-bathroom leased house made precious...

Obama’s way paved with good intentions

GEORGE F. WILL - WASHINGTON POST

March 13, 2009

Charles Dickens, who visited in 1842, described Washington as a “city of magnificent intentions” because of the incongruity between the city’s grand aspirations and muddy, swampy actuality. Today, Washington’s discrepancy...

Heartland hemp farming needs Iowa lawmakers’ help

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

March 12, 2009

A bipartisan group of Minnesota lawmakers is putting forth legislation to legalize the growth of cannabis, or hemp. The Industrial Hemp Development Act (HF 608) would provide licenses to qualified farmers for the cultivation of...

Leaving to find what’s here

NATE WHITNEY

March 12, 2009

All over Iowa City tonight, students will hit up Wal-Mart for suntan lotion, a new swimsuit, or maybe a suitcase. They’ll ditch their sweatpants and North Face jackets for flip-flops and those (hideously) fashionable plaid shorts...

A law that works for everyone in Iowa

CHAD BORTSON - GUEST OPINION

March 12, 2009

As we reach nearly one year since Gov. Chet Culver signed Iowa’s Smoke-Free Air Act, the excitement has begun to die down. The general public has forgotten about the bill and has moved on, with the exception of smokers. However,...

Honor the man, not the program

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

March 11, 2009

On Tuesday night, the City of Coralville issued a proclamation co-naming First Avenue as Hayden Fry Way. The new street signs will be unveiled in September before Iowa’s first home football game at the first Fry Fest. While...

Getting the ax is awesome

JOEL STEIN - LA TIMES

March 11, 2009

I’ve been fired for stupid reasons. Like that editor of Entertainment Weekly who believed — based solely on book sales, Google hits, and other empirical data — that people enjoy reading Stephen King more than me. And I’m...

Geithner’s black hole more toxic than you think

DAVID SMICK - SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON POST

March 11, 2009

Pity President Obama’s economic advisers. The blogs are now demanding their scalps, and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and his colleagues face a nasty dilemma: There are no solutions to the banking crisis without extraordinary...

Clarity should stop Holocaust references

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

March 10, 2009

Attorneys defending the former owners of the Agriprocessors kosher meatpacking plant in Postville have now played the Holocaust card in a trial that has become a bizarre chess game of strategy and counterstrategy. According to...

Seeing red in the U.S.A

BEAU ELLIOT

March 10, 2009

Well, comrades, how do you like your socialism now? Oh, I know — any real, self-respecting socialists would look at the United States and see a capitalistic titan (though some might prefer the term “capitalistic monster”)....

Iowa’s ‘herstory’ and the women who mattered

KELLY L. JOHNSON - GUEST OPINION

March 10, 2009

A year and a half ago, I was accepted as a student member on the Council on the Status of Women. At my first meeting up on the top floor of the Blank Honors Center, I found myself feeling slightly powerless surrounded by a group...