Opinion

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 not include proper funding to maintain current...
04/05/2016 - 2:02pm
Preserving resources is an investment in our future      We’re always looking for ways to make Iowa a better place to live, work and raise a family. Our natural and cultural resources are an important part of that effort. The foundation of Iowa’s economy and way of life is rooted in our rich soils, plentiful water...
04/05/2016 - 2:02pm
Medicaid Modernization launches      The pieces are slowly coming together as we begin to wind down this year’s session. Talks continue on the state budget and the number of bills on the debate calendar continue to drop off as we complete our work.      To cap off the week, I had the privilege of...
03/29/2016 - 11:20am
Reinvest in our rural districts                 Another extended General Assembly was potentially adverted last week when the Iowa Legislature compromised on next year’s K-12 education budget. Though the deal was a welcomed change of pace from previous gridlock, it...
03/29/2016 - 11:20am
Monkey say, monkey do?      Political rallies are rapidly starting to mirror the progression of Black Friday sales. They used to be relatively civil events, but the violence is becoming more commonplace and it seems like only a matter of time before somebody gets killed.      But who is responsible?  ...
03/29/2016 - 11:19am
     On March 18 when most Iowans were celebrating this team’s or that team’s victory in the NCAA basketball tournament, I was celebrating a come-from-behind victory for the people of Iowa.      The victory didn’t come at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. It came at 1111 E. Court Ave., where the...
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