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Library levy needs explanation

Hey, it’s just 23 bucks.

That’s an estimate of what a 27-cent library property tax levy would cost the owner of a $150,000 hom ... »

A thinking-it-over tank takes shape

While we gobbled po’boys, Mayor Ron Corbett told me how he plans to enrich Iowa’s political debate.

We were in a booth last wee ... »

Time to get involved in Marion library discussion

Sometimes, when there’s trouble ahead, you’ve got to pump the brakes.

That’s what the ... »

Time for action to clean Iowa’s waterways

DES MOINES — Iowa’s water quality debate suffers from a deep urgency gap.

“I’m really hopeful that this is the fi ... »

Enjoying mandated leisure time

So we’re back from our Branscation.

I named our family’s time off last week in honor of Gov. Terry Branstad, because he made it ... »

A rose to the goldfinch and thistle

By Todd Dorman, 24 Hour Dorman

One thing that grows without hesitation in our suburban compacted clay dreamscape are thistles.

My wife ... »

Lawmakers bow to the bulldozer

Senate President Pam Jochum asked a critical question Tuesday as a legislative panel considered the fate of a rule requiring builders to restore at ... »

Linn Supervisors reluctant to downsize

So Kevin Kula of Coggon stood before the five-member Linn County Board of Supervisors Monday morning, urging them to ... »

Will legislators stop the topsoil bulldozer?

After more than a year of watching a bureaucratic bulldozer driven by homebuilding interests clobber Iowa’s 4-inch topsoil rule, some electe ... »

Sounding the alarm on equality

It’s starting to get loud in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District. I’m talking grab-your-earplugs loud.

On Tuesday, Democra ... »

For better, for worse, for mulcher, for bagger

And now for your lawn mower news update.

On Friday, Iowa U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley tweeted a p ... »

Tone down for what? Water quality issue won’t go away, governor

Tone it down, water drinkers.

That was Gov. Terry Branstad’s basic message this past week when asked about the Des Moi ... »

Scanning for interest in policy

Prepare to be scanned, Cedar Rapidians.

Your City Council on Tuesday, “without council or public comment” as Rick Smith ... »

Summer’s swarm of warnings

Ah, summer.

Sweet corn, tomatoes and a swarm of media reports and official warnings on all the ways summer can snuff us out like a citronell ... »

We’ve been Trumped, but don’t worry, Iowans

So I’m not losing any sleep over Donald Trump.

Being conscious, most of the time, I can’t help but notice others are more work ... »