Blogs

Larson tries a 15th time for victory

So P.T. Larson is back on the ballot. If his name rings a bell, you know that's no surprise. Larson ran in 14 Cedar Rapids city elections between 1987 ...

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After a decade, still a privilege to columnize

Ten years ago this past week, I walked into The Gazette to begin work as a columnist. I was hired for my unparalleled skills as a writer. It was a dar ...

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Fort Madison prison advocates pray for public reprieve

Driving by the original Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison, I always wondered if the offenders housed within were tormented by happy sounds emana ...

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21 years of opening minds and doors

When my middle daughter, now a high school senior, began to talk about pursuing a degree in biology or chemistry, I was initially surprised. I shouldn ...

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Checkpoint provokes internet ire

The Henry County Sheriff's Office is feeling the full force of internet activism.Facebook users have been bombarding the sheriff's public page with ne ...

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Food is critical part of academic achievement

Researchers have long highlighted links between academic achievement and food, noting that hunger eventually manifests as cognitive issues. Newer stud ...

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Scary market studies will spook gaming commission

After a summer/early fall of speculation, accusation and presentation, we now have the fateful gambling market studies of October. For backers of thre ...

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Should we oust sexual harassers?

Should Iowa voters have to wait until the next election to oust officials engaging in sexual harassment? The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a c ...

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Tangle of TIF baffles taxpayers

The Iowa City Council recently approved a multimillion dollar corporate tax break in the name of progress.Just a few years ago, that hardly would have ...

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Iowa GOP creating a friendly workplace, for lawyers

So we the taxpayers are officially paying the $1.75 million bill to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit leveled against Republicans who run the Iowa Se ...

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Transparency’s best hope: Regents lawsuit

Iowans are one step closer to learning how far former Board of Regent President Bruce Rastetter diverged from the University of Iowa president search ...

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Being prepared should be a priority

Last year, a flood. This year, a moderate drought. Weather? Climate? Sure. But also a politicalmetaphor. A year ago, this past week, the Cedar River a ...

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Politicians, stand down on protests

Gov. Kim Reynolds this week came out against NFL athletes choosing to sit or kneel during the national anthem, following a question at her weekly news ...

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Chewing over Cedar Rapids casino bids, commission is warned to fear cannibals

How long did we have to wait for the first reference to #x201c;cannibalization#x201d; at the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission's public hearing in Ced ...

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Bad teen behavior is a mirror reflecting

Can you believe it? This and similar sentiments arrive by inbox and social media feed each time teens are caught behaving badly. And, for the record, ...

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