Editorial: Take opportunity to legalize marijuana

On Aug. 29, the U.S. Justice Department announced that federal prosecutors would not target state laws allowing for the use of marijuana for personal or medical reasons, leaving cannabis activists across the nation feeling optimistic about the plant's legal future.

Tilly: The SpongeBob solution

When Bikini Bottom's residents were faced with the existential threat of an Alaskan Bull Worm speeding toward the city limits, Patrick Star knew just what to do."We should take Bikini Bottom" he said, "and push it somewhere else." The Iowa City City Council is close to adopting a similar plan to relocate the loiterers who gather downtown, mostly near the north entrance of the Ped Mall.

Byrd: Listen to Latham on Syria

The political conversation in the United States and many other Western countries has been dominated in recent weeks by the horrific revelations that Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad likely used chemical weapons against civilians. Political leaders however, should take some advice from Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, who has said that any sort of military involvement in this crisis would be a mistake and would simply escalate the crisis.

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