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Whistleblowers pump up transparency

May 9, 2014 No matter how good the laws are written or how well-intentioned public policies are prescribed, Uncle Sam’s coffers have long been viewed as open season for bad operators who look to line their own... more »»

Q&A on Cow Gas

May 9, 2014 Q: What do dairy cows, Uncle Sam and methane emissions have in common? A: It sounds like a bad joke in the works. But when the federal government is involved, it’s typically not a laughing matter. more »»

Letter to the Editor: North Tama trip

May 2, 2014 Dear Editor: I recently had the privilege of accompanying the North Tama High School band to Cleveland, Ohio and New York City as their substitute band directo. more »»

Slices of Life - Pet talk

May 2, 2014 Yesterday, I accidently stepped on the cat’s tail, and she let me know I’d committed an error of a horrendous nature. I apologized profusely, of course, but she wasn’t in the mood to forgive. more »»

Justice Budget Strengthens Public Safety

May 2, 2014 This week, the Senate voted to appropriate more than $554 million to ensure safety for Iowans and communities throughout the state by adequately funding our prisons, our courts, the Department of... more »»

Letter to the Editor: Aging in Iowa

April 25, 2014 Dear Editor: Iowa’s Area Agencies on Aging are an excellent resource for helping individuals live well as they age in their communities. more »»

Slices of Life - The biggest losers

April 25, 2014 I live in a family of losers, and admit somewhat reluctantly that I am one of the chief contributors to our misplacement. more »»

Protecting the Wages of Iowa Workers

April 25, 2014 As companies work to modernize their operations, many turn to outside services to handle their payroll and human resources functions. Some employers now pay their employees using payroll debit card. more »»

Creating Jobs, Growing Middle Class with Clean Energy

April 18, 2014 As a leader in wind energy and ethanol, Iowa is showing the nation that clean energy works—and it’s good for more than just the environment. more »»

Slices of Life - Backside bling

April 18, 2014 I grew up in an era where cool jeans came outfitted with a tiny red rectangular tag and a number somewhere in the 500s. more »»

Tax Day Turns 100

April 18, 2014 Taxpayers are familiar with the annual drill. Keeping records, gathering receipts, filling out forms, figuring out changes in tax rules. more »»

Session Can't End Until Care of Troubled Kids is Resolved

April 11, 2014 Governor Branstad’s abrupt decision to close the Iowa Juvenile Home created a number of problems. It is the Legislature’s job to help solve those problems. more »»

Slices of Life - Leaving for vacation

April 11, 2014 The hardest part about going on vacation is getting going. more »»

Q&A on the EPA

April 11, 2014 Q: Does the Environmental Protection Agency have jurisdiction over waterways on Iowa farms? A: Congress writes environmental laws to set in place policies that protect the air we breathe, the water... more »»

Creating Jobs That Improve Our Communities

April 4, 2014 The Senate Ways & Means Committee recently approved two bills that will help expand Iowa’s middle class by creating good jobs in fields that improve our state’s economy and quality of lif. more »»

Slices of Life - Stepping away from the treadmill

April 4, 2014 All right. Enough’s enough already. I give up. I’m throwing in the workout towel, hanging up my tennis shoes and reaching for a thick slice of pizza - with extra cheese, please. It’s become too muc. more »»

The Myth of Inequality

April 4, 2014 Throughout history, those seeking to usurp power and subjugate a population, have learned that you can get people to agree to almost anything if it’s in the name of equality and fairnes. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Outstanding warrants

March 28, 2014 Dear Editor: According to recent articles, Waterloo and Cedar Falls are considering laying off police and fire personnel, their first line of defense when something happens. more »»

Slices of Life - Rules of the road

March 28, 2014 I do not consider myself an excellent driver. I am good, or maybe just okay - around a B-minus to a C-plus if I were giving out grades. more »»

Cracking down on texting while driving

March 28, 2014 Recent polls show 83 percent of Iowans want tougher laws for texting while driving. The Iowa Senate responded with a bipartisan vote to strengthen penalties and enforcement. more »»



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