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Revamped Greene Square is sweeter

So last week I was on the Bob Bruce Radio Experience, and Bob relayed a question for me from an unnamed Cedar Rapids #x201c;civic leader#x201d; he sai ...

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Our governor is decrying the wrong overreach

So Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has waded into the great American bathroom debate.This week, the governor criticized an Obama administration directive inf ...

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Charge of cheesecake angst leaves me frosted

Let the record show I don't give a rip if Cedar Rapids ever becomes home to a Cheesecake Factory. No offense, factory fans. Apparently, last Tuesday' ...

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Saying farewell to a great school

Years ago, when I took this columnizing gig, my wife, Katherine, and I worried we wouldn't be able to find a school for our kids as good as the one we ...

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Another possibility for veep

So this week Gov. Terry Branstad enthusiastically pitched U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst as a possible vice presidential running mate for presumptive Republican ...

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Mall Westdale effort hits bumps

If the Westdale redevelopment were an HBO production, we would have watched it go from #x201c;Boardwalk Empire#x201d; to #x201c;Curb Your Enthusiasm.# ...

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Ready or not C.R., it’s time to GO

GO Cedar Rapids!That, in case you missed it, is the new name of what was once the Cedar Rapids Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. After months of re ...

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‘Wow’ and risk in Cedar Rapids high rise plans

Growing up in a town where the tallest structure was a grain elevator, it was a very big deal when our family's rare travels took us to a city with a ...

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Without leaders, no water win in Iowa Legislature

The old axiom proved true again. You can lead a Legislature to serious water-quality issues, but you can't make them reach consensus. OK, maybe not so ...

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Medical cannabis saga is legislative malpractice

Here's an idea. Why don't we outsource our legislative branch to Minnesota?I can't take full credit. I was inspired by our own Iowa House. Instead of ...

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Vernon, Murphy duke it out

It seems like a good time to check in on the race for the Democratic nomination in your 1st Congressional District. Better than spraying dandelions. D ...

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Goodbye park, hello bio cells at Westdale

Sometimes, sadly, pretty pictures and profitability don't mix.Case in point, the park that was supposed to go at the center of the Westdale redevelopm ...

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Playing it straight by exiting the voter bypass

Voters. What are you gonna do with them?Well, if you're Stacey Walker, you smartly decide to let them decide whether you should represent District 2 o ...

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Hogg seeks to change the game

On the plus side, Rob Hogg won't shoot himself in the political foot standing next to a bar cart in Texas.#x201c;I am accepting out-of-state money. I' ...

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Finding glimpses of the past in our kids

Many of the great things about having kids, aside from being sent to the front of the line at airport security, are those #x201c;first#x201d; things. ...

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