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The farcical Facebook fiasco

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

February 25, 2009

The recent brouhaha over Facebook changing its terms of service offers a good illustration of how easily issues can be blown out of proportion in online discussion. Columnists, bloggers, and a wide assortment of Facebook users...

Juvenile offenders deserve second chance

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

February 24, 2009

As our law currently suggests, the behavior of a person when he or she is a minor is likely to reflect the way in which this person will behave as an adult. A 17-year-old marijuana addict and occasional Ecstasy user will no doubt...

Venus on the half-sky

BEAU ELLIOT

February 24, 2009

Idly gazing at Venus on the half-sky, I wonder about the economy. And Republicans. And Roland Burris. I don’t know why, exactly. Maybe because Venus burns brighter than the economy. But then, these days, Sammy Sosa’s and...

Tinkering with Electoral College unconstitutional

TIM HENDRIX - GUEST OPINION

February 24, 2009

There is a movement among the Iowa lawmakers to change the state’s Electoral College voting system. The system currently mandated by the Constitution may seem to be outdated, cumbersome, and unfair at first look, but in reality...

Widening choices in prenatal planning

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

February 23, 2009

The UI Hygienic Laboratory is now the first state public-health institution to offer a new method of screening for early term birth defects. The test, called an “integrated screen” because it cross-references samples from...

Lenten sacrifice, in moderation

EMILEIGH BARNES

February 23, 2009

I find it bitterly ironic that Cadbury cream egg season comes around right about the same time as Lent. This year, I said I was going to give up refined sugar, but the sight of those delicious little sweet things in the checkout...

The Gaza offensive: an Israeli tradition

PATRICK HITCHON

February 23, 2009

On April 10, 1948, the New York Times reported on the massacre of the Palestinian village of Deir Yassin thus: “200 Arabs killed, stronghold taken. A combined force of Irgun Zvai Leumi and the Stern group, Jewish extremist underground...

The confusion doctrine

CHRISTOPHER PATTON

February 20, 2009

Naomi Klein revealed through her demeanor a solid sense of self-confidence as she took the stage to speak at the IMU on Wednesday. Proving her rhetorical prowess, she skillfully directed her audience’s palpable populist indignation...

Holding fast in stormy times

JUDY POLUMBAUM

February 20, 2009

Sometimes, classes take a timely unplanned detour, and that happened in one of my journalism classes a couple of days ago. Instead of our ostensible focus, commentary and column writing, discussion turned to the changing media...

Is Obama ready for a Middle East Change?

MAJD S. HADDAD

February 20, 2009

On Saturday, the Arab Student Association will host Dr. Hussein Ibish, a senior fellow of the American Task Force for Palestine in an event titled “Is Obama Ready for a Middle East Change?” via video conference from Washington,...

Possible cell-phone ban a drop in the bucket

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

February 19, 2009

It’s a Thursday evening. You have just gotten off work, and you are making your way home on Interstate 80. You’re driving the speed limit, jamming to the latest Kanye West tune and minding your own business, when from out...

Filtered news: Taxes, promises, and nuts

NATE WHITNEY

February 19, 2009

• UI Faculty Senate President Michael O’Hara spoke with the media Tuesday before a meeting of the Faculty Senate regarding options for budget cuts. “This is going to hurt,” he told the Press-Citizen. “We just have to...