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Letter to the Editor: Puppy mills

March 6, 2015 What happened to that Doggy in the Window? I’m talking about the Doggy in the window with bars on it not the song. more »»

Did Speaker John Boehner Violate the Law in Inviting Netanyahu to Address Congress?

March 6, 2015 Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congresswithout first notifying President Obama of his intention to do so led to much... more »»

Slices of Life - Things that go thump in the attic

February 27, 2015 Loud thumping resonates from upstairs and shakes the house. Repeatedly. It sounds like bodies hitting walls and furniture being thrown about, which is probably pretty accurate. more »»

FOIA Protects Public Interest

February 27, 2015 Bureaucratic stonewalling erects barriers to the public’s right to know. It also undermines our system of checks and balances and weakens the public’s trust in our institutions of government. more »»

Taxpayers Suffer When IRS Misplaces Priorities

February 20, 2015 Get ready for the credibility gap to vault north between the IRS and the taxpaying public. more »»

Slices of Life - We are the Nielsens

February 20, 2015 I’ve never used a pen name or adopted an alias. My family’s not in the witness protection program, which I’m assuming would necessitate a name change. But this week we are the Nielsens. more »»

Iowa Needs More Skilled Workers to Expand Middle Class

February 13, 2015 Iowa has a shortage of skilled workers. Employers say it’s the No. 1 obstacle to growing our economy. more »»

Slices of Life - Big game, bigger commercials

February 6, 2015 It’s the time of year when the term “F-word” takes on a whole new meaning. Especially if, like me, you reside in a home with a bunch of football fanatic. more »»

New Year, New Congress: Listen, Learn, & Lead

February 6, 2015 Voters sent Washington a message in November. Lawmakers can make the most of the historic election in the new year by making fresh resolutions for the new Congress. Let’s listen, learn and lead. more »»

Q&A: Medicare Advisory Panel

February 6, 2015 Q: What is the Independent Payment Advisory Board? A: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) contains a slew of unpopular provisions that will figure prominently on the radar screen of the 114th Congress. more »»

Investing in Schools Keeps Iowans Competitive

January 30, 2015 Iowa schools are crucial to a world-class education that prepares students for good jobs and strengthens our middle class. more »»

District 72 Update

January 23, 2015 Back in Session The 2015 Legislative Session is well underway. The first week as always is filled with tradition and formality. Monday morning we were sworn in for the 86th General Assembly. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Kellogg column

January 23, 2015 Heath Kellogg, I never could tell a good joke, so reading your column the first of the year put a smile on my face (the joke about the Hell’s Angel biker drinking the other guy’s poision. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Marriage equality

January 23, 2015 To the Editor, On Friday the Supreme Court announced it will take up same sex marriage. more »»

From the Hawkeye CC Board of Trustees

January 23, 2015 To the Editor -   The Board of Trustees of Hawkeye Community College would like to extend a sincere thank you to the voters and taxpayers of our communities for their past support of the Colleg. more »»

Iowa Courts Expand Their Successess

January 23, 2015 The Chief Justice of Iowa’s Supreme Court, Mark Cady, told legislators this week that Iowans can be proud of our state’s court system, which is one of the best in the nation. more »»

Obama's Executive Overreach No Laughing Matter

January 16, 2015 A recent Saturday Night Live skit tapped into a deep concern among Americans about the President’s excessive use of executive authority. more »»

Slices of Life - Hiding behind the monogram

January 16, 2015 They sat indiscriminately on the clearance rack marked down like a thousand percent from their initial price. Hand towels. Not your everyday, ordinary, run-of-the-mill hand towels. more »»

2015 session should help Iowa's middle class

January 16, 2015 The 2015 session of the Iowa Legislature began on Monday, January 12. more »»

Slices of Life - Credit card reject

January 9, 2015 It was a simple trip to the grocery store. Something I could probably do in my sleep. Pick up a few items, hit the checkout line and bag up the goods. I’d even remembered my coupons. more »»



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