Opinion

02/21/2017 - 5:02pm
Dominoes      There are many aspects of Iowa education that could be debated, from methods of school funding, to who should actually supply funding, to best practices of academic success. But what can’t be argued is the fact that the last several decades have shown the priority education is to our legislators.      This week, The Chronicle reported a...
02/07/2017 - 5:03pm
With great purchasing power comes great purchasing responsibility      Wow, the Super Bowl sure has a lot of people boycotting things this year. Who knew showing immigrants in a positive light could get so many people so mad?      I kind of doubt the people upset about a pro-immigration story will be willing...
02/07/2017 - 5:01pm
800 miles on a tank     We just took a road trip to South Dakota to fetch an old VW Jetta. It's really not something we need but who needs a ski boat or a tuba either? It's a collector car. The 2003 Jetta TDI is a unique car and as our mail lady says, “It's a diesel!”     My interest in...
02/07/2017 - 5:00pm
National Guard makes Iowa and America strong      More than 40 percent of Iowa’s 7,000 National Guard soldiers and 2,000 airmen have served in combat and combat-support roles overseas, the highest number in decades, Major General Timothy Orr told lawmakers in his annual “Condition of the Guard” address....
02/07/2017 - 5:00pm
More flexibility     Ever since I’ve served in the Iowa House, one of my favorite days during the legislative session is when FFA students come to visit. On Tuesday, the entire Capitol was flooded with kids in blue jackets from all over the state, visiting with their elected officials! I was lucky enough to have a chance to...
01/31/2017 - 4:57pm
Iowans the losers in TPP pull out      Within any policy change, there are winners and losers. Unfortunately, there is no perfect policy in which everyone wins, which makes the political game much more menacing and complicated that it appears. What is good for someone or some country, may not be good for another, or even for...
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