Entries Tagged as 'Commentary'

Continuing the Occupy Wall Street Conversation

October 14th, 2012 · 5 Comments

Late last year, Iowa State University graduates Cam McKenzie, a videographer, and Pantelis Korovilas, a graphic designer, traveled to Manhattan and Boston to record videos of protesters explaining in their own words why they joined the cause. “We hope they can supplement the growing, collective body of work aimed at a deeper and more holistic [...]

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Rethinking Sustainability After the Drought

September 10th, 2012 · 11 Comments

The drought of 2012, on the heels of a “500-year flood” just a few years ago, may be one of a number of changes taking place that should urge us to rethink the concept of sustainability. Ever since the notion found its way into our lexicon several decades ago, it has focused our attention on [...]

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Tags: Commentary · Frederick Kirschenmann

Some Thoughts on the NATO Summit and the Future of Occupy

June 1st, 2012 · No Comments

Shawn Gude is a writer and activist from Des Moines. He blogs at the League of Ordinary Gentlemen, where this article was originally published. ~ The stories may have been compelling, but we were itching for more. Something less symbolic, something more disruptive to the dignitaries assembled for the NATO summit. So as decorated veterans [...]

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Presidential Poets

March 27th, 2012 · No Comments

In this election year successful candidates are likely to be those who communicate clearly. Hopefully, their public comments and conversations also give us insight to the human inside. Poetry does that best especially when the poetic carries over into their speeches and writings. Many U.S. presidents have tried to work the magic. Poems survive from [...]

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Tags: Commentary · Essays · Poetry

What Does It Mean to Support Our Troops?

February 10th, 2012 · No Comments

Time and time again (especially following the recent responses to Tom Walker’s article in the Iowa State Daily) I hear my fellow Americans tout the long-held belief that our troops are fighting for our freedoms. By listening to the campus respond to Tom Walker, one would think that this is an undisputed fact: our troops [...]

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Iowa! New Hampshire! South Carolina! Santorum! God!

January 6th, 2012 · No Comments

Bob Vander Plaats (Mr. Clappy) at Santorum’s Iowa victory speech The Iowa Republican caucuses found Mitt Romney winning in an eight-vote landslide over Rick Santorum. Not 8 percent – eight votes. Santorum’s showing was impressive and more of a win than Romney’s. The candidates packed up and left for New Hampshire, Bachmann dropped out, and [...]

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The Fallon Forum’s Baffling Promotion of 9/11 Trutherism

December 15th, 2011 · 4 Comments

On November 2, I was dismayed when a Facebook wall post from local radio show host Ed Fallon popped up on my news feed. It displayed a video of architect Richard Gage, founder of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, who proclaimed that he knew the Bush administration perpetrated the worst domestic attacks in US [...]

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Tags: Commentary · Gavin Aronsen

Potential Consequences of the GOP’s Assault on the EPA

March 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency is currently under assault by the GOP. The agency could have a third of its budget eliminated by the US House. In addition to the budget being slashed, the GOP is pushing to cut other important environmental initiatives. They include protecting the public from destruction caused by mountaintop mining, allowing the [...]

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Give Up: Notes Toward the Apocalypse

February 23rd, 2011 · 1 Comment

I’ve been waiting for the apocalypse for a long time. Ever since I discovered peak oil somewhere around my sophomore year of high school, I’ve been waiting – eagerly. Nothing could be more satisfying to me than to experience the decline of Western Civilization, and especially of the United States, through a disastrous cataclysm of [...]

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Tags: 2011 · AP Issues · Commentary · February 2011

Bob Vander Plaats’ Lost Cause: Why Same-Sex Marriage Will Win the Day

February 23rd, 2011 · 2 Comments

Last April, I sat in a pew of an Ames Baptist church sanctuary and listened to Bob Vander Plaats rail against the evils of abortion. En route to his third consecutive failed bid for governor, the lanky, likeable evangelical stood by the pulpit and encouraged his audience to partake in a 40-day vigil outside Planned [...]

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Tags: 2011 · AP Issues · Commentary · February 2011 · Gavin Aronsen