Guest Columnists

How Obamacare helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Access to comprehensive, affordable health care coverage can make or break the lives of any American, but particularly people with intellectual and de ...

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Democrats must toss out establishment

As a kid, I would watch with a mixture of wonder and horror as my Irish kin butchered chickens. Spellbound by a headless hen running around the yard, ...

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Protecting life and health

For more than four years, I've had the responsibility - and the distinct pleasure - of overseeing the federal government's health and social services ...

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Be careful when considering changes to election laws

My thanks to The Gazette and Linda Waddington for thorough coverage with a Jan. 7 article and column about the new Voter ID requirement proposal by Se ...

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Election integrity bill makes it easy to vote, hard to cheat

There have been a lot of distortions and misunderstandings regarding my Election Integrity proposal. My job is to make it easy to vote, but hard to ch ...

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Accountability and secrecy don’t work together

Let's agree on something right from the start: Law officers serve a vital role in Iowa. No one wants to think what our state would be like without the ...

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Rest in peace, Sears, Roebuck & Co.

Nostalgia is one of the most powerful (and most irrational) of emotions. Thus it was with both a little sadness and happy remembrance that I read of S ...

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Smooth transition of power? Not quite.

One of the hallmarks of American democracy that has people in other countries perplexed is how we go about the transfer of power from one president to ...

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Legislators: Don’t take wage increases away

An open letter to Iowa Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix and House Speaker Linda Upmeyer.We write as elected officials from the first four Iowa counties ...

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Downtown casino is a good fit for Cedar Rapids

Building a thriving Cedar Rapids is something that we hope everyone can get behind. Many times we have seen development in our community stifled and t ...

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Collective bargaining is a bargain for taxpayers

In the wake of the election results in November, there has been talk that Republican majorities in the state legislature will propose changes to the c ...

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Don’t ban traffic cameras in Iowa

Our state is short almost 100 state troopers for radar protection and accident responsiveness, and roadway fatalities in the state surpassed 400 for t ...

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Restoring Iowa’s rivers

Flanked by two great rivers, with more than 70,000 miles of interior rivers and streams, Iowa's rivers and their valleys hold much of Iowa's remaining ...

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Legislation will affect neighbors

Our politicians and policymakers will face many important decisions in the coming months. Now, more than ever, those leaders need to hear from all of ...

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Overriding local democracy, wage fairness

A third of Iowa's jobs are now covered by a minimum wage established by local, democratically elected county supervisors. As a result, tens of thousan ...

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