Blogs

The lawn war is over, if we want it

A few weeks ago, we finally succumbed to the fast-growing peer pressure carpeting so much of our suburban existence in a flawless expanse of spring gr ...

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Iowa City school bond proposal mixes urgent with unknowns

Iowa City schools are asking voters this September to borrow $192 million to fund school construction.The bond would help fund a wide range of facilit ...

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Index: Iowa needs better crisis plans

The new National Health Security Preparedness Index is out, and Iowans continue to lag behind in plans for the state's most vulnerable. Across most of ...

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Education took hits at the Iowa Capitol

Last fall, Republicans running for legislative seats deployed TV ads and mailers promising to #x201c;fix our schools,#x201d; among other such pledges. ...

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Water quality ‘priority’ goes down the drain

We were told again and again how water quality would be a top priority under our Golden Dome of Wisdom. Instead, it was the 2017 session's last casual ...

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Cherry Sisters Alley? Count me in.

In these troubled times, when sharp, intransigent disagreement has become the new inhaling and exhaling, I offer you an alternative. Let's argue inste ...

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Middle-aged women (still) leading political activism

A funny thing happened in the wake of last year's presidential election. No, it wasn't that more women signed up to serve as foot soldiers on the poli ...

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What is the Iowa House afraid of?

Nancy Gutcher worked as a registered nurse for over 30 years. She's a veteran of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. She describes herself as a #x201c;Christia ...

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State won’t force my daughters

For the past several years I've searched for a way to get my oldest daughter to move back to Iowa, and ways to keep my younger daughter in state. Than ...

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Farewell fireworks ban, hello hyperbole

So there are days under Iowa's Golden Dome when you'll hear soaring oratory praising the infinite wisdom of Iowans, we the hardworking, thoughtful and ...

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Summer show, fall’s cold reality in Cedar Rapids casino chase

Once again, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission is putting the show ahead of the dough. The show in this case are the commission's meetings in July ...

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An opportunity to care for Iowa’s kids

Before the General Assembly comes to a close lawmakers need take notice of new school lunch policies in the southwest. Legislators in Texas and Califo ...

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In Iowa: The mystery of the lieutenant governor, circa 1857

Politics can be a killer of curiosity.Take the intriguing question of whether Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds truly becomes our full-fledged governor when ...

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A realistic foreign agenda

There's an emerging divide within the Republican Party over foreign policy and it's on display right now in Iowa's Congressional delegation.A few of I ...

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How much can your city afford?

State lawmakers are putting your city between a rock and a hard place. Either way, you'll pay. Senate File 481, which targets so-called #x201c;sanctua ...

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