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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Greetings from Capitol Hill: Per Pupil Equity and Transportation Funding: The Iowa House of Representatives passed the per pupil equity and transportation bill, SF455, on the floor. This bill will provide a supplement for any public school that has transportation costs of more than $432. These...
By Anna Johnsonannaj@cfra.org Center for Rural Affairs America stands to suffer as a result of President Trump’s 2019 budget, released on Feb. 12. The president has proposed again to eliminate or shrink many programs that serve rural America, including those supporting rural businesses,...
A special public hearing was held on the state’s budget crisis this week. We requested the hearing to learn what impact mid-year budget cuts proposed by Governor Reynolds and Republican lawmakers would have on the lives on everyday Iowans. Several Iowa students warned lawmakers that another round...
I really hoped my last column on this issue, would be just that—my last. Unfortunately, deep down, I knew that would not be the case. Between our gun hungry populace, and politicians who drink the intoxicating nectar of the NRA, it is readily apparent that no amount of people gunned down in cold...
On Tuesday, Jan. 13, I had morning coffee with the Governor and fellow Representatives and Senators. We discussed issues like Medicaid, mental health, and education in Iowa and what policies will best help our state. Coffee with the Governor is a way for Representatives and Senators to talk with...
Dear Editor I am a member of the Lake Mills Community School Board. The Feb. 14 edition of the Graphic had an article regarding early retirement and the denial of a request. Contained in the article was information that was not correct, and also, a lot of information and discussion that was left...
My mother had taught in country schools and was dead set against me attending one. She had been barely older than her students, was out in the country with a group of children, had no phone, no car, and limited access if there had been any type of emergency. That’s why she insisted her own...
We are beginning to see, I hope, what it means to be an American citizen: you can’t be too dogmatic, and we need to accept differences and extend to everyone the opportunity to become the best they can be. Call me a contrarian. Or even a Pollyanna. But when everyone around me is filled with gloom...
By Bob Gardner Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations Alan Beste Executive Director of the Iowa High School Athletic Association They don’t make the headlines. Their names are not in the box scores. They don’t make the all-star teams. But some of the...
By Holly Sklar This month marks a golden anniversary for American wages, but don’t expect celebration around the nation. On the contrary. In February 1968, the federal minimum wage increased from $1.40 to $1.60 an hour, giving minimum wage workers what would turn out to be the highest level of...

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