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The Czech-Slovak Museum needs flood repairs

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

March 3, 2009

Tales of the Cedar Rapids flood have shifted from horror stories of the disaster itself to drawn-out epics of trudging through recovery purgatory. Accompanying anecdotes of struggling with the destruction, usually on the following breath, is a lament of the ongoing economic crisis, and the issue bends...

How to fight a Depression – not a drop at a time

MARK NELSON - SPECIAL TO THE LA TIMES

March 3, 2009

In recent months, it has become almost a reflex for Republicans to dismiss President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal as a dismal failure of the Democrats — a “jihad against private enterprise” as Fox News’ Britt Hume put it recently. But Roosevelt’s spending plan, unlike President Obama’s,...

Imagining

BEAU ELLIOT

March 3, 2009

Imagine, if you can, a world in which financial guru Warren Buffett compares the financial markets to an STD. Well, OK, that’s not exactly imagining the way John Lennon imagined imagining. I’m just guessing, of course. (Imagine that.) But that is the world we’re stuck with. And Buffett really...

Local store attempts to limit bag waste

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

March 2, 2009

On Earth Day, the New Pioneer Co-op will become a deeper shade of green. Customers who wish to carry their purchases out of the store in paper or plastic bags will be charged 5 cents per bag. Proceeds from the bag fee will be donated to the Iowa City Crisis Center. According to the Press-Citizen, co-op...

I’mageddon some popcorn

DEAN TREFTZ

March 2, 2009

As the first spring of the worst recession in 25-plus years approaches, I’ve been nursing a giddy knot in my stomach, like a drawn-out Xmas Eve. Every day above 40 degrees, there’s a little hop in my step, but this year it’s not for the usual baseball, beaches, apple pie, picnics, and the transition...

Our science fictions, from Genesis to echinacea

JOEL STEIN - LA TIMES

March 2, 2009

Nobody likes science. You can tell by the fact that they teach it in school. There aren’t any high-school courses in pizza, pot smoking, or car chases. I don’t like science, either. I mean, it sounds good when you’re a kid with the fingerprint kits and the baking- powder volcanoes, but by 10th...

Don’t pay-to-play for internships

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

February 27, 2009

As the summer months approach, many UI students are faced with a difficult decision on how to efficiently use their summer vacation. While some students are happy with returning to their high school jobs, others seek out internships for academic credit and practical work experience. Finding the right...

Embracing the collapse

CHRISTOPHER PATTON

February 27, 2009

As the global economy slides into ever-deeper recession, a growing chorus of doomsayers are predicting the end of life as we know it. And maybe that would be a good thing. Unsurprisingly, most elite voices continue to urge calm and feign confidence as they assure the masses that everything will work...

In policy, Obama finds the Bush center

JONAH GOLDBERG - LA TIMES

February 27, 2009

Here’s something President Obama’s biggest fans may need to hear: He’s just not that into you. The new president has ordered that his predecessor’s rendition policies remain largely intact, even to the point of using the “state secrets” privilege to block a rendition lawsuit. Obama may h...

Oblique angles in sexual harassment

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

February 26, 2009

Sexual harassment is a serious issue, it can’t be said too often. But the very ubiquity of the matter can lead to its misunderstanding, ignorant dismissibility, and exploitation. The university’s new training program for its faculty on inappropriate behavior is intended to address the first two,...

Corps values of discrimination, condemnation

BRETT EDWARD STOUT - GUEST OPINION

February 26, 2009

We have become unfortunately accustomed to government math that doesn’t work, but it is our duty as Americans to confront that math when it is absurd. The New York Times has reported that the U.S. Armed Forces plans to recruit 1,000 immigrants on temporary visas into the U.S. military. This initiative,...

Twittering Obama

NATE WHITNEY

February 26, 2009

Tuesday evening, I live Twittered President Obama’s speech to Congress, which I’m now columnizing for your reading displeasure. Follow the DI Opinions page on Twitter at twitter.com/diopinions. The following Tweets took place between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. • Obama said to be running six to eight...