The Daily Iowan

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...

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...