Guest Columnists

Cherish the trumpets of Iowa City

When I was younger, I tried to play trumpet. The only thing was, well, I wasn't any good at it. I also wanted to play football in college, but I wasn' ...

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Give back at Festival of Trees

As the year comes to a close, the holidays remind us to reach out and make a difference in our communities. Following that tradition, The Gazette is p ...

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Iowa’s unhinged political discourse

At a fundraiser recently, Gov. Kim Reynolds called liberals in the state #x201c;unhinged#x201d; and encouraged her supporters to keep fighting. Callin ...

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Rural America’s disappearing maternity care

Life in rural America can be tough, with challenges starting right from birth. Increasingly, rural women lack access to maternity services, jeopardizi ...

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How do powerful men get away with abusive behavior?

Hollywood has turned on one of its own, now that it is politically easy and self-serving to do so. Two years ago, when the board of directors of the W ...

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Are you a philanthropist?

My first experience with philanthropy was as a child attending church services with my family. Each week, my mother would place her check in the offer ...

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Ensuring veterans’ voices are heard

Veterans Day exists to honor the courage and sacrifice of American men and women who have stood to defend our nation. As an Iraq War Veteran, I've see ...

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Dreamers are key to our future

With 38 years of policing experience, I have learned the value of trust. When law enforcement establishes trust with residents, an entire community is ...

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Opioid epidemic hits home

A silent epidemic of opioids has been engulfing the United States for years, but now its impact on Linn County is so pronounced that it's silent no mo ...

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Solar energy powers job market

The growing solar energy industry in Iowa is harnessing the state's sun potential at an ever-increasing pace. A new study, #x201c;Clean Jobs Midwest,# ...

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Finding support in the wake of suicide

It has been 15 years since my husband's suicide. My sons and I have survived his death, but we are forever broken, because of the impact of this act ...

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A chill at last silences the mowers

It's autumn, and summer lawns no longer hiss, my lawn mowers have been put away after what this year felt like an eternity of pulling the cord and pus ...

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Problems of and solutions for our do nothing Congress

Politics has become exceedingly divisive with troubling outcomes. America's 323 million citizens are concerned.Congress has had 10 months to address a ...

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Your input vital to district plan

The Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD) Board of Education (the Board) has several guiding principles. We believe in investing in student a ...

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James Dixon: The making of an Iowa maestro

While walking through the Voxman Building, the home of the School of Music at the University of Iowa, I paused at a lecture hall door with a plaque co ...

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