Opinion

04/26/2016 - 3:14pm
DOT budget backtracks on past promises        A plan that would cut nearly $10 million from the Iowa Department of Transportation’s budget is a slap in the face to previous work targeting our state’s lagging infrastructure system.      House Republicans last week proposed a budget that does not include proper funding to maintain current...
04/26/2016 - 3:14pm
Support seniors’ ‘home away from home’   Letter to the Editor:        I have been hearing on the radio recently about all of the fun and interesting things going on in our city and county such as the Relay for Life activities, basketball contests, Father-Daughter Dance, etc. There is a great deal of...
04/26/2016 - 3:13pm
Potty pettiness        Having utterly and completely lost the cultural battle against gay people, social conservatives have moved on to the next battle line in their never ending mission to be on the wrong side of history.      Their new target for bullying: Transgendered people.    ...
04/26/2016 - 3:12pm
Finalizing a state budget that maintains commitments        As we wrap up the 2016 session, we are working on a responsibly balanced state budget based on details of an agreement between the House and Senate. For now, Iowans have chosen a divided state government – with a Republican governor, Republican-controlled...
04/26/2016 - 3:11pm
Notes on the local news        Every once in awhile the Chronicle has a couple of doozies. We are all busy, so oftentimes we can read a truly amazing news story and not think much more about it.      Last week there was a story about the Hampton Public Library and another story about a Mexican in an...
04/26/2016 - 3:11pm
Tax Day        Late nights at the Capitol filled our week as we continued to put the final pieces of the budget together. We completed a significant amount of work on a path towards adjournment.      Last week, the day that the majority of Iowans (and Americans) dread the most, came and went – Tax...
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