The role of a newspaper, as we see it
This statement can serve as a reminder for a person to learn from past mistakes to avoid making similar mistakes in the future. Or it can be seen as merely a suggestion that every person should be conscious of his or her role in the world. As reporters, the term "examine" means something else to us...
Can the death of a star serve a purpose?
Many people have been affected by the death of beloved comedian Robin Williams. Whether we remember his early career as an out-of-place alien or heard his voice throughout our childhood as an over-the-top genie, most of us have fond memories of his life's work...
Are we creating a community of felons?
The war on drugs in America has had many casualties. Since the era of Nixon, we have been taught that the only way to deal with drug abusers and addicts is to enforce harsh punishments and to enact severe sentencing laws. But now when the nation's attitude towards less harmful drugs are beginning to alter, we believe it's time to look back and reflect upon what the war has cost...
Sex offender reporting misguided
Iowa, like all states around the country, has mandatory sex offender registration and reporting laws. In this state, sex crimes include criminal offenses against a minor, sexual exploitation, or a sexually violent crime. Iowa's registry is updated hourly, and at press time, listed 5,775 offenders. It includes a publicly searchable database. The registry's website notes its purpose is to "allow members of the public a means to protect themselves."...