Opinion

03/24/2015 - 11:01am
Pinching pennies for natural resources   A new legislative proposal has the potential to generate more revenue for much-needed conservation projects that improve the environment and create more wildlife habitat throughout Iowa.      A three-member Senate subcommittee last week unanimously supported a bill that would raise the state’s 6 percent sales tax by 3/8 of a...
03/24/2015 - 11:01am
I’ll be a card-carrying Communist By harvest time I’ll be eligible for Medicare. I should be glad because our health insurance premiums are going through the roof at the same rate as my increasing aches and pains. We let our insurance agent do the research and she says it is the best we can do. We pay higher deductibles and get less...
03/24/2015 - 11:00am
Culture wars: Round 2      I figured I’d be writing on this subject again, but I didn’t expect it would be so soon.      Last week I noted the hypocrisy of two groups of so-called “Ghostbusters” fans upset that the franchise wouldn’t be catered exclusively to them. It was good...
03/24/2015 - 10:58am
New bill hopes to increase spending flexibility for local schools        We had a good week of debate in the House this week. We continue to focus on finding solutions for Iowans’ problems and doing what is best for our great state.       The Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) met this week...
03/17/2015 - 11:42am
Lawsuit should prompt more action on water quality        A lawsuit filed last week by a Des Moines-based utility against three rural counties promises to be a divisive issue that could have far-reaching implications on agriculture practices nationwide.      Trustees of Des Moines Water Works voted to...
03/17/2015 - 11:41am
Crossing The Streams      Who would have thought that the battle of the sexes would be fought out in Ghostbusters?      Rumors of an all-female Ghostbusters movie started circulating last year when Paul Feig (director of “Bridesmaids” and “The Heat”) was brought on for the latest...
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