Guest Columnists

A better way to help rehab homes

Each year the city receives over a $1 million dollars from HUD to be directed toward improving housing affordability and the needs of low-income peopl ...

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Meanwhile, in an alternate political universe

The political pundits are focusing their sights on the lack of accomplishments by President Hillary Clinton as she approaches the end of her first 100 ...

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Iowa taxpayers deserve constitutional protection

The Iowa Legislature made some difficult budgetary decisions this session because revenues are not rising as projected by the Revenue Estimating Confe ...

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Leopold Center’s effects felt globally

As we prepare to send our governor to become our next ambassador to China I ask you to reflect not only on his legacy here, but the image of Iowa that ...

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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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Misplaced priorities add stress for students

Recently I noticed that the main thing newspapers report about high school is sports. They never report things about the students, themselves - only a ...

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Puzzled by comments about ‘other people’s babies’

Dear Rep. Steve King,This letter is written in response to your recent statement that, #x201c;We can't restore our civilization with other peoples' ba ...

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S-Town and the importance of estate planning

The topic of estate planning is one many are happy to avoid. Lawyers, financial advisers, real estate agents and others will encourage you to have a q ...

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Utility-scale solar benefits Iowa

The energy landscape is continually evolving across the country and the world at an unprecedented rate. No longer is our energy generation dependent o ...

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Federal research funds are a wise investment

Even if you've never stepped foot in a research laboratory, every day you witness the results of research all around you. The smart phone in your pock ...

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Minimum wage increase worked in Johnson County

In November of 2015, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors raised the minimum wage $. 95 countywide to $8.20. It went up another $. 95 on May 1, 201 ...

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Keeping an eye on the speaker’s gavel

Hello, my name is Rachel Zumbach and I am the Speaker's Page for the 2017 Legislative Session. I am a Senior at North-Linn High School, which is about ...

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Keeping voters safe at home

Survivors of assault and abuse often live in constant fear. Their days are filled with anxiety, knowing that their abuser or attacker might strike aga ...

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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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Remembering baseball’s pros and cons

As another baseball season begins, I recall with a smile my debut as the youngest professional baseball player in history. I was eight-years-old.The s ...

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