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  • Running on empty

    Cars run on fuel. Politicians run on votes, and they’ll do almost anything to get them. That includes supporting mandates that force us to use ethanol ...
    Feb. 1, 2016 - 11:20 am
  • Please, participate

    I'm proud to be an Iowan and I can tell you without hesitation three instinctive reasons why I'm proud: our agriculture, our football and our politica ...
    Jan. 29, 2016 - 11:28 am
  • Hard-working Iowans deserve a raise

    Tammy BeouurekBelle PlaineIowa is well behind the times when it comes to valuing its workforce and i ...
    Jan. 29, 2016 - 11:28 am
  • If I like you, you’ll know it

    Last fall, we placed an order for a freezer and scheduled it for delivery to our house. When the day came for delivery, I was the one at home to greet ...
    Jan. 29, 2016 - 11:28 am
  • Will Fiorina stand with Planned Parenthood?

    Ellen M. O’DonnellColfaxI was at the “Coffee with Carly” event Monday in Colfax as a dissenter on Ca ...
    Jan. 29, 2016 - 11:28 am
  • Sometimes you have to mark it zero

    I am king of the 9-pin frame. That last pin just stares at me down the lane, sometimes centered and others hugging that back corner. It always keeps m ...
    Feb. 2, 2016 - 12:12 pm
  • Coupling with federal tax codes

    We are two weeks into the new session and one important issue that needs addressed at the beginning of every Legislative Session is that of coupling w ...
    Feb. 2, 2016 - 10:57 am
  • Singular ‘they’

    I feel so much better. The word “they” has now become accepted as singular. The Washington Post Style Guide recently announced that “they” can be used ...
    Jan. 28, 2016 - 11:12 am
  • Time for a change

    Dana WoodyNewton    I was disappointed when I saw Rep. Dan Kelley’s financial statement listed recen ...
    Jan. 28, 2016 - 11:08 am
  • College needn’t be free —just affordable

    Whenever any candidate or government official calls for something to be free, the immediate opposition is that nothing is truly free, as someone alway ...
    Jan. 27, 2016 - 11:29 am
  • Grassley wants his day in court

    Chris SchwartzWaterlooIn his first year as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, U.S. Senator ...
    Jan. 27, 2016 - 11:27 am
  • The blow out

    Dan SchmittMarshalltownWell here we are! I’m not the Daniel that could read the hand writing on the ...
    Jan. 27, 2016 - 11:27 am
  • Legislative process underway with subcommittee assignments

    With the recognition of the Martin Luther King holiday, it was a short week at the statehouse. The legislative process is underway as bills are beginn ...
    Jan. 27, 2016 - 11:29 am
  • We did it!

    We did it. We made it a whole week without my husband and everyone survived — even our fish. I have ...
    Jan. 26, 2016 - 11:00 am
  • An invitation

    Patrick PaytonNewtonThe first in the nation Iowa caucus will be held Feb. 1. I wish to invite all re ...
    Jan. 26, 2016 - 10:50 am