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...
03/31/2015 - 1:27pm
Re-opening Old Files    If you were to ask me which landmark genre television show produced by Fox and aired on Friday nights deserved another shot on TV after more than a decade off the air, I would have an answer for you.      That answer would not be “The X-Files,” but here we are.    ...
03/31/2015 - 1:26pm
Education issues still unresolved as second funnel week approaches   In preparation for next week’s second legislative funnel week, we passed many bills to the Senate that make our state stronger and an even greater place to raise a family. In order for these priorities to remain eligible for consideration this year, they must pass out...
03/31/2015 - 1:24pm
Plan may endanger vulnerable Iowans        As you are all well aware, the Department of Human Services has proposed moving nearly the entire Medicaid system to managed care. If Iowa moves forward at the pace proposed by DHS, Iowa will have made the transition faster than any other state.      When you...
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...
03/24/2015 - 11:01am
I’ll be a card-carrying Communist By harvest time I’ll be eligible for Medicare. I should be glad because our health insurance premiums are going through the roof at the same rate as my increasing aches and pains. We let our insurance agent do the research and she says it is the best we can do. We pay higher deductibles and get less...
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