Opinions

  • Standardized testing not the answer 

    - Nov 6, 2015
    Marcus Brown marcusvbrown@gmail.com A great deal of commotion has come about because of a recent drop in U.S. test scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. The assessment serves as a sort of benchmark for...
  • Environmentally sustainable policies at the global and local level

    - Nov 4, 2015
    With the Paris Climate Summit set for December, French President François Hollande has made a visit to China to make a pre-emptive push for a more aggressive modification to the current national pledges to curb greenhouse-gas...
  • Police conflicting messages on alcohol law enforcement 

    - Nov 4, 2015
    Joe Lane joseph-lane@uiowa.edu For many of the police departments of the United States, 2015 has been chaotic. Between reports of unnecessary force and the rapid expansion of the Black Lives Matter group, known for expressions like,...
  • Children, cell phones, and violent bus drivers 

    - Nov 4, 2015
    Jacob Prall prall.jacob@gmail.com Back in “my day,” kids didn’t have cell phones. They didn’t have access to the infinite wealth of knowledge, entertainment, and terror that is a cellular device connected to the Internet. They didn’t...
  • Letters to the editor

    - Nov 4, 2015
    ‘Pro-life’ in name only Ben Carson recently called for a ban on all abortion in all circumstances, including rape, incest or the life of the mother. He argues without basis that medical alternatives are available that...
  • Protection versus prosecution for Edward Snowden

    - Nov 3, 2015
    Russian climates are known the world over as some of the most disparate extremes. Before another winter is upon him, Edward Snowden may have somewhere new to reside in the following months. Protection from U.S. extradition...
  • Hitchhiking with alfalfa

    - Nov 3, 2015
    Beau Elliot beauelliot@gmail.com As we all know, the Southwest and California are suffering through a major drought. However, there has been no drought in the number of jokes about having a dry sense of humor. Which...
  • Letters to the Editor

    - Nov 3, 2015
    Vote Throgmorton, Thomas, Cole, & Taylor for a just, healthy, sustainable community Over the last three years I have been closely observing the City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission. Councilor Jim Throgmorton and John Thomas...
  • Engage UI President Harreld in conversation, not disparaging rhetoric

    - Nov 2, 2015
    After a tumultuous two months following his selection, University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld will come to campus today to officially start his job. In those two months, Harreld has faced criticism over inaccuracies in his...
  • China’s ‘one child’ reversal may signal broader changes

    - Nov 2, 2015
    Jace Brady jacebrady@gmail.com As it stands now, China has a population of 1.35 billion people, about four times the population of the United States. For decades, China has curbed its potentially unsustainable population growth with its...

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