Guest Columnists

Developing skills for our innovation economy

Recently, Gov. Terry Branstad organized the Future Ready Iowa Alliance, chaired by Lieutenant Gov. Kim Reynolds and Dan Houston, CEO of Principal. The ...

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Voter ID bill ignores real problems

The Voter Integrity Act under consideration by Iowa lawmakers addresses a non-existent problem, voter impersonation, and restricts the time frame for ...

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Gorsuch is poor choice for Supreme Court

What happens in Washington, D.C. can seem far away and disconnected from our lives here in Iowa. But as Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck ...

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An alternative to health insurance

Each month my wife and I send approximately $1,600 to Wellmark to pay our health insurance premiums. I am grateful we have the capacity to do that whe ...

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Celebrating a life spent connecting and teaching

Today we are sad and grateful - sad, for on Feb. 24 we lost a good friend, colleague, and mentor. But we are also grateful - grateful for the many ble ...

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Putting people before party

Question: What are the similarities between the Iowa Legislature in 2007-11, the U.S.'s 111th Congress (2009-11) and both bodies today?Answer: Single ...

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Saving higher education, step 1: Listen to what Iowans want

As a child of the University of Iowa - literally and figuratively - its current financial woes are troubling.Frankly, I don't think the Iowa Legislatu ...

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What Iowans need to know about licensing reform

Gov. Branstad recently said that, in his fight against licensure laws in Iowa, he is #x201c;up against very organized and powerful special interest gr ...

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The assault on county minimum wages

The federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is a cruel joke. If it had kept pace with increases in U.S. labor productivity since the 1970s, it would be ...

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Committee maneuvering delivers a painful lesson

Unfortunately, townhouse owners like me who live in homeowner associations learned a painful lesson this session in how the Iowa Legislature works som ...

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An attack on injured workers in Iowa

Radical legislation to take rights away from Iowans and push bills onto the taxpayers is about to happen in Des Moines. The Legislature developed in s ...

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When every gun owner becomes a judge

As a person of color, there are only two words I think of when I hear the phrase #x201c;Stand Your Ground.#x201d; Trayvon Martin.As a person of color, ...

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Another way to pay for water cleanup

In 2010, 63 percent of Iowans voted to amend the Iowa Constitution to create the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund. Since then, many ...

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The biggest challenge awaiting Branstad in Beijing? President Trump

As the longest-serving governor in American history, no one can doubt the commitment of Iowa's Terry Branstad to public service. He shows no signs of ...

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As U.S. attorney, Kevin Techau made a difference

I am writing this to express my appreciation to Kevin Techau for his service to the citizens of Cedar Rapids, and to those residents who have benefite ...

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