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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 move on to more advanced drugs by the time he or she reaches the age of...

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 Mark McGwuire’s tattered legacies burn brighter than the U.S. economy. (Well,...

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 The system currently mandated by the Constitution may seem to be outdated, cumbersome, and unfair at first look, but in reality it is not. Now, when we vote for a particular person for president, the...

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 first and second trimester pregnancies in the evaluation, is notable for its...

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 aisle of KMart caused me to rethink: Maybe this time, instead, it’ll...

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 forces, captured the Arab village of Deir Yassin on the western...

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 against her carefully chosen target: free-market economics. But beneath...

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 environment and the uncertain future of news. Iowa journalism students are...

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, D.C. The event will be held on Saturday at 6 p.m. in 2520-D University...

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 of nowhere, an SUV pulls out in front of you. You slam on your brakes, and...

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 figure how to make it hurt without affecting our central mission.” O’Hara...

Letter to the Editor: Help Iowa’s working families

DI READERS

February 19, 2009

We have a Democratic majority in the Iowa Legislature and a Democratic governor. Yet, they’ve not passed legislation that helps working Iowa families, except a minimum-wage increase. It’s time the Legislature and governor started helping working Iowans with legislation to bring fair share, prevailing...