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Turning students away from alcohol panel is ridiculous

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

April 17, 2009

There’s no use trying to hide from it — students are likely the root of downtown violence. But it stands to reason that those same students would be effective in figuring out solutions to Iowa City’s dangerous drinking problems....

Tough questions

KURT CUNNINGHAM

April 17, 2009

Since the start of this year, I have heard professors and colleagues of mine harp about the declining newspaper industry. They ask such questions as “where will all the graduates of Iowa’s journalism program find themselves?,”...

Gays should relish their victory, then move on

JACK KIRCHICK, WASHINGTON POST

April 17, 2009

Just in time for spring wedding season, gay-marriage activists are celebrating a triumphant few weeks. On April 7, the Vermont Legislature effectively legalized same-sex unions in that state. Days earlier, the Iowa Supreme Court...

Social networking more than just social

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

April 16, 2009

Social networking, to many, is a means of satisfying their addiction to interaction with others. But, increasingly, people around the world are using social-networking outlets — creations such as Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace...

Getting over gay

ADAM SULLIVAN

April 16, 2009

I have a Ronald Reagan-inspired cowboy tattoo. It’s on my left thigh — high enough that it’s invisible even when I’m wearing shorts, but low enough that I can show it off if I get the opportunity. I like to think I’m...

Today’s U.S. military is still no place for gays

JAMES J. LINDSAY, JEROME JOHNSON, E.G. SHULER JR., AND JOSEPH J. WENT, WASHINGTON POST

April 16, 2009

With the nation engaged in two wars and facing a number of potential adversaries, this is no time to weaken our military. Yet if gay-rights activists and their allies have their way, grave harm will soon be inflicted on our all-volunteer...

Chicken issue reveals pros and cons of local food

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

April 15, 2009

Hundreds of locals have signed a petition urging Iowa City officials to allow Iowa City residents to raise up to five hens in their backyards. The motives for backing such a petition range from sustainable practices and egg collection...

Best of IC Craigslist

NICHOLAS KELLY

April 15, 2009

It’s hard not to adore Craigslist. It offers that wonderful intersection between the absurdity of the Internet and the localization of your online classified. Which means not only can one peruse the ads and gaze in wonder at...

Title IX in science quite ill considered

CHRISTINA HOFF SOMMERS, WASHINGTON POST

April 15, 2009

Title IX in science is ill considered What’s good for women’s basketball will be good for nuclear physics. To most Americans, that statement will sound odd. To President Obama, it apparently does not. In an October letter...

Banning new bars won’t end dangerous drinking

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

April 14, 2009

A plan to put an end to new bars springing up downtown will likely do little to address binge drinking or the recent string of downtown fights. A proposal, which the Iowa City Planning and Zoning Commission will soon consider,...

What’s ina day?

BEAU ELLIOT

April 14, 2009

Today is Be Kind to Lawyers Day. Just so you know to lay off the shark and professional-courtesy jokes. It might also be Be Kind to Student Politicians Who Wish to Steal Newspapers Day. (It makes sense to be kind to them —...

A nuclear-powered Middle East is good for U.S.

SONNI EFRON, LOS ANGELES TIMES

April 14, 2009

Should the United States sell advanced civilian nuclear reactors to a Middle East country that doesn’t seem to need them? A country that can keep pumping oil for the next 100 years, that has a pipeline to a vast natural-gas...