That could be the rallying cry for fans of the Milwaukee Brewers (myself included), as they kept us entertained until the penultimate game of the season, wondering if they could somehow sneak into the playoffs in a rebuilding year, in which “the e
A few years ago, when I started trying to understand public policy and politics, one thing I tried to do was identify key differences between liberal and conservative thinking. I read a lot and wrote a bit.
A dozen years ago, the preface to a report on federal election reform began with these words: “Polls indicate that many Americans lack confidence in the electoral system, but the political parties are so divided that serious electoral reform is un
While no one should ever say “I know it’s real because I saw it on the internet,” everyone should be able to say, “I know it’s real. I read it in the newspaper.”
“Real Newspapers, Real News” is the theme of this year’s National Newspaper Week (Oct. 1-7.) Indeed, there’s always been lots of “real” at newspapers.
We tried to make a statement on our front page this week, to get the community—and ourselves—thinking about what life would be like without a local newspaper.

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Hearing Protection Act Last week the Iowa Legislature sent HF 2279 to the governor’s desk for approval. HF 2279 legalizes the sale and use of gun suppressors which muffle the sound of various firearms. Individuals wishing to purchase a suppressor will be required to pass a federal background check...
Iowa is one of the best states in the nation in terms of accessibility to the polls. Participating in the electoral process is a civic responsibility that I feel every eligible citizen should undertake. Throughout my tenures as Iowa’s Secretary of State, I have worked vigorously to encourage and...
Despite our repeated efforts to stop or delay it, Governor Branstad’s ill-conceived plan to turn over management of Iowa Medicaid to three out-of-state companies becomes a reality for 560,000 Iowans on April 1. Medicaid recipients, health care providers and advocates are worried and frustrated...
Every day we face personal challenges—those with fellow employees, family, home, vehicle, travel, electronics, health and many others. They consume our time, cause frustration and challenge our patience. As society advances, the range and type of challenges increase. As a result, the priority of...
Openness is not a panacea, but it makes good government more likely. Representative democracy depends on our ability to know what’s being done in our name. We have a secrecy problem. This may seem odd to say during an era in which the most intimate details of individuals’ lives are on display. Yet...
Despite our repeated efforts to stop or delay it, Governor Branstad’s ill-conceived plan to turn over management of Iowa Medicaid to three out-of-state companies becomes a reality for 560,000 Iowans on April 1. Medicaid recipients, health care providers and advocates are worried and frustrated...
I have used this space to rant about politicians in the past, most recently under the heading “Put up or Shut up.” In light of the state legislature agreeing—finally—to a funding figure for public schools next year, it is time for another rant. For a group of men and women who claim that children...
Money is a source of conflict in nearly a third of all relationships, according to a survey by the American Psychological Association. When it comes to budgeting, two can quickly turn into a crowd. That’s because some of us like to save our nickels, while others would prefer to spend every last...
U.S. wind farms now pay $222 million dollars a year to farming families and other rural landowners, according to new data released by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) today, with more than $156 million dollars going to landowners in counties with below average incomes. Wind energy...
Believe it or not, the process of planning a vacation can be an enjoyable one. Even the part where you determine how to pay for it. You read that right. Just figuring out how to pull off your next getaway gives you a sense of relief and control that makes the actual trip all the more fun. Here are...

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