Opinion

07/28/2015 - 4:06pm
Beating back bird flu      Though we’ve entered into a summer lull, Iowa poultry producers are staring down an uncertain future as the industry continues its ongoing fight against the dreaded bird flu virus.      There have been no new cases of the disease in Iowa since June. However, wounds from its spring outbreak are still fresh. Around 30 million...
07/14/2015 - 11:29am
Catch some fair time fun in Franklin County!        It’s fair time here in Franklin County, and that means five days of fun for both local residents and visitors alike.      This year’s installment features multiple events for the whole family to enjoy. The forecast calls for steamy weather...
07/14/2015 - 11:28am
A good symbol of the American spirit   A young friend set up my blog on Wordpress with a banner at the top containing a Gadsden flag. The Gadsden flag is the yellow one with the coiled rattlesnake and the words “Don’t Tread on Me,” named after and designed by a true hero of the Revolutionary War, Christopher Gadsden.  ...
07/14/2015 - 11:28am
Special session needed to protect middle-class Iowans   This year, Senate Democrats fought long and hard for education, health care, jobs and public safety initiatives that will strengthen Iowa’s middle class. We hoped to accomplish much more, but after five months of negotiating, we opted for compromise over gridlock.   ...
07/07/2015 - 2:03pm
SCOTUS gets it right with recent decision       It was a narrow 5-4 vote, but a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court promises to uphold justice and fairness for millions of Americans well into the future.     No, not that ruling.     The Supreme Court last week upheld an Arizona law that...
07/07/2015 - 2:01pm
    Okay, before I head out to San Diego, as promised, here’s the counter-column to my Republican run-down.     But first, because 12 apparently wasn’t enough, let’s take a look at the two new entries to the Republican race that have decided to run since my last column. Bobby Jindal   ...
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