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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What a beautiful spring we are having across the state of Iowa! The blooming flowers and green grass makes it hard to stay inside on these warm sunny days. At the Capitol this week, the Senate debated House File 564. This bill addressed school funding flexibility. This is especially important for...
The legislature had a lot of floor debate during this rainy week, but the sun finally came out on Thursday in Des Moines. Groundskeepers at the Capitol even mowed the lawn for the first time of the mowing season. The green grass marks springtime and songbirds returning to Iowa. It also marks the...
With less than two weeks left in the 2017 legislative session, attention is turning to finalizing the budget. I have heard from many organizations and individuals that are saying, “I know this is a tight year, but please don’t cut my budget. Cut someone else’s.” Of course, that is impossible. Think...
Budgets are a moral document. They are supposed to reflect the state’s priorities. Years ago, we all understood that to develop Iowa’s economy and grow its population, we needed to invest in education to build our skilled workforce. We prided ourselves upon fairness and looking out for the state’s...
The Bottle Bill Over the last few weeks the House has been discussing ways to improve the recycling measures in our state. A bill was proposed earlier in session which would have repealed the “bottle bill” in order to replace it with different recycling laws. I have done a fair amount of research...
The Education Appropriations Subcommittee of the Iowa legislature proposed a budget bill this week that would eliminate several programs that support rural Iowans. Programs on the chopping block include the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and the Iowa Flood Center. “The Center for Rural...
You’re not alone if your heart pounds when you see a letter from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in your mailbox. While some lucky filers get sent a letter because they’re due a larger refund, most of us fear the worst—an audit. Those fears may be largely unfounded for the average household....
The recent announcement by FBI Director James Comey that his agency is investigating links between members of President Trump’s campaign and Russia has upended Washington. Yet, there needs to be an even stronger and broader investigation to get to the bottom of what happened. There are really two...
Whether we like the ACA, hate the ACA, or are somewhere in between, most realize that something needs to be done regarding health care in our country. The question is what? As Republicans have found out, saying something is bad and must be removed is easy, but finding a replacement, not so much...
BY SCOTT ANDERSON WCFB BOARD PRESIDENT On March 13-16, I had the privilege of traveling to Washington, D.C. to represent Winnebago County, and along with 40 other members, the State of Iowa on the Iowa Farm Bureau National Policy Trip. The purpose of this trip was to discuss the concerns of the...

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