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...
03/10/2015 - 8:06pm
Coyotes' clues on family values        There are different social systems in coyote families. My friend Brett Pharo has sheep in Michigan. He had resident coyotes and his lambs were never attacked until some hunters killed the local coyote family. That is when the destructive family of coyotes moved in and devastated...
03/10/2015 - 8:05pm
Access to mental health services must be maintained        I am committed to continuous improvement of Iowa's modernized mental health system. That's why I was as surprised as everyone else when Gov. Branstad announced plans to close Mental Health Institutes (MHI) in Mount Pleasant and Clarinda earlier this year....
03/10/2015 - 8:02pm
Upmeyer happy with funnel week progress        In looking at the extended forecast, I am hopeful we’ve seen the last of sub-zero temperatures for this season.      This week was very much devoted to committee work as we completed the first funnel week of the legislative session. As you may recall...
03/03/2015 - 2:40pm
Body camera bill needs work        A new bill introduced last week in the Iowa Legislature has given new life to the ongoing debate over police body cameras. All law enforcement officers would be required to wear the devices on patrol if it gets approved, but certain ambiguities could dog the proposal as this year's...
03/03/2015 - 2:39pm
Go Go Gritty Rangers   Net Neutrality scored a big win last Thursday.      Last week the FCC voted 3-2 in favor of using Title II of the Communications Act to officially declare the Internet a public utility, giving them the authority to apply and enforce the net neutrality regulations that the courts struck down last year...
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