Opinion

03/24/2015 - 11:01am
Pinching pennies for natural resources   A new legislative proposal has the potential to generate more revenue for much-needed conservation projects that improve the environment and create more wildlife habitat throughout Iowa.      A three-member Senate subcommittee last week unanimously supported a bill that would raise the state’s 6 percent sales tax by 3/8 of a...
03/17/2015 - 11:39am
Local writer clears up hospital mix-up   Letter to the Editor:      When I wrote a recent article concerning the building of the Lutheran Hospital, I stated that the hotel which was on the site of the proposed hospital had been purchased and destroyed.      I have since learned that instead, it was...
03/17/2015 - 11:39am
Boost for Iowa businesses and veterans in need        Do our state agencies need to buy digital cameras from a Massachusetts company?      Why would state government purchase bread and bakery products from Missouri?      Should the state have hired a New York company to help market...
03/17/2015 - 11:38am
Iowa lawmakers look to tackle federal recklessness        Spring Daylight Savings Time not only brought longer daylight hours, but much-anticipated and much-appreciated warm temperatures. However, we did not let the beautiful weather distract us from working hard at the Capitol.      This week was...
03/10/2015 - 8:08pm
Marching into Madness   This year’s exciting basketball season is guaranteed to get even crazier next week as all three of Iowa’s top schools charge into the NCAA Tournament.      It’s been a thrilling year so far. Northern Iowa, Iowa State and Iowa have given us a memorable season that’s no doubt...
03/10/2015 - 8:07pm
Is The Healthcare Glass Half-Full or Half-Empty?                    In spite of my strong support of the law, I’ll admit it. Obamacare is a mess.      Don’t get me wrong, I still support it. The fact is that the health care exchanges...
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