Evans: Don’t Let Foolishness Get Us In Another War

A scab on the memories of lots of Americans was yanked off last week with the airing of the first segments of Ken Burns’ new documentary on the Vietnam war. The film brought to life the horrors and heartbreak of Vietnam and those events from 50 years ago that divided our nation like it has been divided few times in U.S. history. Randy Evans
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Randy Evans is the executive director of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council. He is a former editorial page editor and assistant managing editor of The Des Moines Register. Visit the Iowa Freedom of Information Council website at: http://ifoic.org/

Each day’s installment of Burns’ history lesson — coupled with the headlines from that day’s news reports — had me reflecting on the current tensions with North Korea, on the rhetoric coming from our president and dictator Kim Jong-un, and on the potential for cataclysmic consequences from this nuclear age showdown.

Vilhjalmur Stefansson: Arctic Explorer, Reindeer Expert, Iowa Grad

New York City in 1919 was home to quite a few University of Iowa grads; and on Saturday night, December 27, a reunion was held at the English Tavern on East 41st Street. Vilhjalmur Stefansson was there to join the group in singing “Old Gold” and to hear Dr. William B. Guthrie, president of the New York Alumni Association, welcome attendees.

Iowa’s College-Based Newspapers Adapt To Digital Readers

Student-run college newspapers in Iowa are feeling newspaper industry trend repercussions, reporting fewer print readers but increased online readership as young readers increasingly get their news from digital sources.