Opinions

  • Is America’s ‘surveillance moment’ over? 

    - Jan 25, 2016
    When the news about the NSA’s mass surveillance programs broke in 2013, the bubbling furor over the secret (and potentially unconstitutional) programs led many pundits to claim that a sort of indignant libertarian mindset among the...
  • Iowa’s changing caucus landscape 

    - Jan 25, 2016
    Jace Brady jacebrady@gmail.com This week has significantly changed the political landscape in Iowa, as the first-in-the-nation caucuses grow ever nearer. Several important endorsements were made, accusations by state leaders were levied, and comments from all candidates...
  • The insidious nature of lotteries 

    - Jan 25, 2016
    Jacob Prall Jacob-prall@uiowa.edu My parents are reasonable people. Sadly, their level-headedness abandoned them when, like a mesmerizing shimmer in the distance, the Powerball jackpot reared its ugly head. It represented $1.6 billion, folks. A truly massive...
  • Iowa’s caucuses do not deserve their top spot

    - Jan 25, 2016
    Many political pundits seriously question whether Iowa deserves to have the first shot at selecting the next president. Iowa’s profile doesn’t even come close to being representative of the USA. Three examples: Iowa is 96 percent...
  • Editorial: Sanders’s health-care plan too idealistic

    - Jan 22, 2016
    Just hours before the Democratic presidential debate on Sunday, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., released his plan for universal health care provided by the U.S. government. The plan, which relies heavily on increased taxes and decreased costs...
  • Can Clinton regain control of the Democratic race?

    - Jan 22, 2016
    Samuel Studer samuel-studer@uiowa.edu As the caucuses approach, the few closest to Hillary Clinton believe she underestimated Sen. Bernie Sanders in the race for president. Clinton early on was not able to destroy his arch-liberal message. Sanders...
  • Newton: The importance of the youth vote

    - Jan 22, 2016
    Sydney Newton sydney-newton@uiowa.edu Amid the vast amounts of political gossip, commercials, and everything else, people seem to have formed somewhat of an idea about whom they are going to vote for this year. Whether people decide...
  • Brown: NRA’s latest fairy tale

    - Jan 22, 2016
    Marcus Brown marucs-brown@uiowa.edu Fairy tales are a rare place in which lessons of humanity and morality are intertwined with whimsical fantasy in order to provide children with a certain life lesson or knowledge of the world....
  • Editorial: Climate change should no longer be a political issue

    - Jan 21, 2016
    According to findings by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the year 2015 has broken the record for the hottest year in recorded history. Given that the previous record holder was 2014, these findings...
  • Dugan: Ugly sanctions

    - Jan 21, 2016
    Jack Dugan John-dugan@uiowa.edu On Jan. 16, two historic events took place. Four U.S. prisoners were released from Iranian custody coinciding with the automatic lifting of some economic sanctions against Iran. This release comes as a result...

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