Opinion

02/14/2017 - 4:59pm
The Allegory of the Pancake Breakfast      Normally I use this space to explore the nuts and bolts of policy as well as global issues as they pertain to America. There are a plethora of policy issues that can be addressed currently, so much so it’s hard to figure out which one to breakdown first.      So while the dust settles over reactions to...
01/17/2017 - 4:35pm
Spending problem or revenue problem, it’s probably both      It turns out that lawmakers’ projections of budget revenues for the upcoming fiscal year are lower than anticipated, at approximately $96.2 million, according to a Des Moines Register article. The result is a proposal by Governor Terry Branstad that cuts $...
01/17/2017 - 4:34pm
Reader enjoys Ferris’ column   Dear Editor,     Mickey Ferris's “Iowa's Wonderful Winter Weather...(Jan. 11)” should make anyone just shut up if they feel like complaining about our weather.     That, and all the other history lessons she has had published in The Chronicle, make the...
01/17/2017 - 4:29pm
You vitriolic, patriotic, slam fight, bright light, feeling pretty psyched      This is it. It's happening.      Friday will be a big day. German Chancellor Angela Merkel will become the leader of the free world as Donald Trump is sworn in as President of the United States.     ...
01/17/2017 - 4:25pm
The House is in order      Excitement and optimism filled the air this week in Des Moines as we called the 87th General Assembly to order.  The week was largely ceremonial with speeches from legislative leaders, the Governor, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.  Even with all of the pomp and circumstance...
01/17/2017 - 4:24pm
Revitalizing communities in North Iowa      I’m proud to represent communities in North Iowa. With the 2017 session underway, I am eager to get to work building an economy that helps all Iowans.      We’ve faced some big challenges in recent years though, with more than 70 counties in the State...
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