Dear Dave,
Politics is our vehicle for reconciling the tensions, diversity and differences among us that are bound to arise as we tackle enormously difficult challenges
13.11 percent, 6.19 percent and 8.04 percent—Those are the statewide, Winnebago and Worth county voter turnouts for the recently concluded primary elections. Needless to say, all figures are well short of a majority.
In the closing hours of the 2018 session, Republicans rushed through a massive $2.8 billion tax bill with little time to let anyone review the bill or get input from Iowans. This week, Governor Reynolds signed the bill in to law.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights……Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed……—fr
Not literally, although if prices continue to climb, many of us will find ourselves priced out of much of the summer fun travel we had planned back when prices were hovering much closer to $2 per gallon, rather than $3.

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One of the major beauties of living in a democracy is not that we can freely vote for those who represent us, but also that we ourselves have the opportunity to be those doing the representation. Unfortunately, both of these have taken significant hits over the years, and have adversely impacted...
There are two things you need to know about newspapers. Newspapers are important to community life and democracy. Always have been. We at the National Newspaper Association think it is important for all sorts of newspapers to survive for the sake of a free society—the very large and the very small...
Every day at the News Media Alliance headquarters, a stack of newspapers arrives for myself and the staff. But with the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission currently considering tariffs on Canadian newsprint, those days of screen-free reading could be coming to an end....
You may wish to hang on to your hats, sit down, or take whatever precaution necessary prior to reading the following sentence. I agree with President Trump. Yes, you read that correctly. I have found an issue (there are probably more) on which we are in complete agreement; well kind of anyway....
We’ve got about a month left in session and there is still a lot of work to get done before we adjourn for the year. Most of it is related to the state budget, which is the one thing that must be done before adjournment. After months of delays, House and Senate Republicans did finally agree to fix...
Every once in a while, I go through my files to “clean house” and usually that results in a couple reports that have been inspired by the process. This time I came across my bulging file of quotations and as soon as I started to read through some of the material, a report was born. Our Form of...
Dear Editor, The Iowa Legislature should fully fund the backfill. In 2013 state law was changed to reduce the amount of taxes that local government get from commercial and industrial properties. The backfill is a reimbursement from the state to local governments for this loss. The total payment...
By Zippy Duvall President, American Farm Bureau Federation Throughout the year, we hear about food recognitions such as National Chocolate Milk Day (Sept. 27) or National Pie Day (Jan. 23, but some celebrate again on National Pi Day, March 14). This week, we recognize the people who make those...
Q:  What is National Ag Week all about? A: Throughout the last century, a population shift in America has created densely populated metropolitan areas, while growth in rural areas has plateaued. According to U.S. Census figures, about 14 percent of the population lives in rural areas that cover 72...
Dear Editor, Students would love a test where a paid professional helped them decide which questions to answer, made sure they answered correctly, then when only half of the total points possible had been obtained, told the student not to answer any more questions, as they might have to live with...

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