Opinion

04/21/2015 - 12:10pm
EAB infestations give added importance to Arbor Day   Friday marks the 143rd annual Arbor Day celebration. The holiday was established in 1872 when the Nebraska Board of Agriculture set aside a special day for planting trees, and it’s grown into a worldwide event commemorating all things tree.      Arbor Day typically brings with it little fanfare or commotion. We...
04/07/2015 - 3:06pm
  Here We Go Again          I’m starting to think I should just rename this column, “This Week In The Perpetually Outraged.”      Is there something in the water? Just in the last few months it seems like you can’t go a week without another ridiculous controversy about some...
04/07/2015 - 3:06pm
Statist versus freedom        We are in South Carolina as I write this. We have family here who deserve our effort to visit because they’ve made the trip to our place every year for 35 years.      Charleston has a huge amount of history as its foundation. Every historic place we visited was a...
04/07/2015 - 3:05pm
Veterans and school issues move forward        Our veterans deserve to know all the benefits and programs they qualify for. That's why the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee voted this week to help veterans access information on ways to apply for benefits.      House File 414won unanimous approval in...
04/07/2015 - 3:05pm
Disappointment looms after Medicaid bill fails        The warmer temperatures, sporadic rain showers and green grass beginning to peek through Iowa’s rich soil are all refreshing reminders that spring certainly has sprung in Iowa.         This week wrapped up the second legislative...
03/31/2015 - 1:28pm
Politics of procrastination   The most contentious issue in the General Assembly has turned into an agonizingly bitter standoff in recent weeks, and it’s time Iowa lawmakers end the political song and dance in favor of compromise.                 The Legislature...
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