Opinion

05/24/2016 - 2:49pm
Sayonara, seniors!        It’s time to say goodbye to the newly-minted Class of 2016. Though graduation season always brings with it a mixed bag of emotions, it’s an exciting time for these young adults as they prepare to make their mark on the world.      Some of you may be heading to college, entering the workforce or taking a moment to...
05/03/2016 - 1:48pm
Sine Die      We closed out the 2016 legislative session on Friday evening after 110 days in session. Here are the remarks that I gave to the members of the 86th General Assembly as we gaveled out for the year:      “Ladies and Gentlemen of the House, thank you. Thank you for your time, patience and...
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...
04/26/2016 - 3:14pm
Support seniors’ ‘home away from home’   Letter to the Editor:        I have been hearing on the radio recently about all of the fun and interesting things going on in our city and county such as the Relay for Life activities, basketball contests, Father-Daughter Dance, etc. There is a great deal of...
04/26/2016 - 3:13pm
Potty pettiness        Having utterly and completely lost the cultural battle against gay people, social conservatives have moved on to the next battle line in their never ending mission to be on the wrong side of history.      Their new target for bullying: Transgendered people.    ...
04/26/2016 - 3:12pm
Finalizing a state budget that maintains commitments        As we wrap up the 2016 session, we are working on a responsibly balanced state budget based on details of an agreement between the House and Senate. For now, Iowans have chosen a divided state government – with a Republican governor, Republican-controlled...
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