Opinion

04/26/2016 - 3:14pm
DOT budget backtracks on past promises        A plan that would cut nearly $10 million from the Iowa Department of Transportation’s budget is a slap in the face to previous work targeting our state’s lagging infrastructure system.      House Republicans last week proposed a budget that does not include proper funding to maintain current...
04/19/2016 - 4:16pm
Passing on progress        Despite initial optimism for a productive year, the Iowa Legislature stalled on a few key topics recently as the session inched toward adjournment.      Things like water quality funding and medicinal cannabis oil expansion seemed poised to fail early this week due to a lack...
04/19/2016 - 4:15pm
White as a ghost      This week Paramount released the first image of Scarlet Johansson as “The Major” in their upcoming adaptation of “Ghost In The Shell,” and people were shocked to discover that Johansson was, in fact, white.      Outrage ensued.      Let’...
04/19/2016 - 4:12pm
46 years ago, I was a watermelon        I was in college in Oakland when Sen. Gaylord Nelson instigated Earth Day on a Wednesday in April so college students could participate to the fullest extent. They are malleable and the professors thought the cause was urgent enough that class could wait.     ...
04/19/2016 - 4:12pm
Iowa focuses efforts to stop human trafficking        Human trafficking uses force, fraud or coercion to exploit someone for sex or labor. It is now a $150 billion industry, and it’s happening in Iowa.      SF 2191, approved unanimously by the Legislature and signed into law, establishes an Office...
04/19/2016 - 4:11pm
Meet Alex        With nicer weather finally here, farmers have gotten out to the fields and started planting for this year. Several legislators are farmers themselves, so they are looking forward to wrapping up session so that they can return home and get back to life on the farm.      We continued work...
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