Opinion

08/25/2015 - 3:53pm
Lisa Hovenga, age 48, of Eldora, died on Monday, August 24, 2015 at her home in Eldora. Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M. Friday, August 28th at the Our Saviors Lutheran church in Ackley. Visitation will be 5-7 P.M. Thursday at the Church in Ackley.
08/25/2015 - 3:52pm
Participatory politics      It’s easy to get caught up in all the hoopla surrounding the presidential election. Thanks to 24-hour media coverage, we now know what each candidate ate at the state fair, how many people attended their speeches and the amount of hecklers that hounded them at each stop – riveting stuff...
08/25/2015 - 3:52pm
The candidate we need or the candidate we deserve?      He's pro-choice, pro same-sex marriage, wants to implement tax reform, is for background checks on gun sales, and a government spending limit. He's an Independent candidate with a mission to give an alternative to the two-party system.      And...
08/25/2015 - 3:50pm
Movie column again      Nearly five years ago I wrote this, the second of my movie columns. Imagine a dotted line around the border with the words “clip and save,” because I can’t imagine encouraging anyone to watch a movie when the weather is this gorgeous.      Put these movies on your...
08/25/2015 - 3:46pm
Local Senator heads back to school      As summer ends, teachers and students are preparing to head back to the classroom. So am I—through America's Legislators Back to School Program.      I am setting up my schedule of school visits and am excited to go “back to school.” Please...
08/25/2015 - 3:46pm
An amazing opportunity        This is a special newsletter for me to write this week. Last Thursday, I was elected by my colleagues to be the next Speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives. I will now follow in the footsteps of my father, Del Stromer, who served as the speaker in the 1980’s while also blazing a...
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