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Opinion

  • A sad day for Iowa public workers

    It was again a very frustrating week at the Capitol. The “tweaking” of collective-bargaining that was promised by Republicans turned into a complete g ...
    Feb. 20, 2017 - 10:00 am
  • Column: Home sweet home

    Sometimes you just need some time at home to recharge your batteries. Not home where laundry, dishe ...
    Feb. 20, 2017 - 10:36 am
  • Good books

    Editor’s note: This column originally published April 8, 2016I recently received an email notifying ...
    Feb. 17, 2017 - 9:49 am
  • American Hellscape

    In case you were wondering what Republicans have planned for the environment, it’s now clear.Some of ...
    Feb. 17, 2017 - 9:48 am
  • Column: A side of cheese dip with your marriage proposal?

    There is nothing like a soft pretzel. It’s salty, provides instant warmth as it hits the tongue and can be dipped in cheese sauce. It can also be a ca ...
    Feb. 17, 2017 - 10:29 am
  • Obamacare repeal must not turn Iowa’s hospitals, citizens into victims

    Paul Ryan, U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives, said in a recent interview that any repeal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) would be do ...
    Feb. 16, 2017 - 10:03 am
  • Super Bowl drenching

    Whata Super Bowl. Sports history was made before our eyes. I had picked the Atlanta Falcons to win, and relished their first half shellacking of the N ...
    Feb. 16, 2017 - 10:03 am
  • Birthday trip to Goldie’s

    Yes it’s true, I hit a milestone birthday this year. I’ve never been one to obsess about my age — perhaps because everyone tells me I don’t look my ag ...
    Feb. 16, 2017 - 10:04 am
  • US is a country of immigrants

    My grandfather Albert Joseph Bialek came to the United States from Poland (Galicia) in 1910. Per the Ellis Island website, he boarded the ship Kaiser ...
    Feb. 15, 2017 - 10:01 am
  • UAW leadership supports public employees

    Over the course of a week, I interact with hundreds of people. People working, shopping, relaxing, spending time with their loved ones.
    Feb. 15, 2017 - 10:00 am
  • Can the Super Bowl save America?

    It’s been several decades since American politics has been so contentious. According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll taken after President Trump’s election, 3 ...
    Feb. 15, 2017 - 10:00 am
  • Column: A frightening history

    Love is in the air, and I’m not just talking about for couples. Everyone says you either love or hate Valentine’s Day, but for me, I’ve always been pr ...
    Feb. 15, 2017 - 10:14 am
  • Challenging times for educators, public workers

    It was another frustrating week at the Capitol where we saw inadequate funding pushed through both Republican controlled chambers for K-12 public educ ...
    Feb. 14, 2017 - 10:32 am
  • Column: I’m only 32

    I don’t think of myself as old. I shouldn’t since my 30th birthday was just a couple of years ago. I’m not sure my body has got the memo that just a d ...
    Feb. 14, 2017 - 10:59 am
  • Donald Trump’s ghost dance

    In 1890, in the American West, out there where the streams are fast and clear and the rivers are slow and muddy, a Native American named Wovoka starte ...
    Feb. 14, 2017 - 10:32 am