Guest Columnists

System to admit newcomers already extreme, onerous

We need extreme vetting of refugees, says President Donald Trump. So five days into office, Trump ordered a 120-day ban on all refugees entering the U ...

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Government is us, and is here to help

Imagine new occupants of a large historic building who decide to do a major remodeling project, and they do not take the time to learn how the buildin ...

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People united: Stop ‘Citizens United’

From what I've read, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is a brilliant jurist. But he espouses the idea that corporations are ...

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The myth of the ‘sanctuary city’

The Iowa House of Representatives is considering House File 265, which would prohibit state, county, city, and educational institutions from limiting ...

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What if everybody had a gun?

The Iowa Legislature is working on many interesting bills. For instance, there is Senate File 25 - a #x201c;stand your ground#x201d; bill. There is Se ...

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Remove housing restrictions

Urban development is not known as one of the sexier aspects of public policy. More than once, I've known planning and zoning commissions to be the but ...

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Critical time for engineers to dream big

Engineers work hard to improve how people live. They design, maintain, repair, and build almost everything we need in our daily lives. This week we ce ...

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Legislation stripped public workers of rights

On Thursday, the Republicans now running our state government in Des Moines dismantled a piece of Iowa collective bargaining that has been on the book ...

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Johnson County caseworkers did not deserve to lose jobs

I have only been in this job a few weeks, but this is the first time I have come home simply seething with anger. The five of us on the Johnson County ...

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A history of presidential deception

George Washington was a role model when he said #x201c;I cannot tell a lie.#x201d; Furthermore, he portrayed honesty during eight years as our first p ...

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This month, learn about alcohol and heart health

It's not unusual to see a lot of red in February, often in conjunction with heart designs. This is especially fitting as, in addition to hosting the V ...

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Q&A with Berlinda Owens: ‘I knew I wanted to be someone who paid it forward’

When did you first start thinking of yourself as a leader? The first time I started thinking of myself as a leader was the day I earned my first Girl ...

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Q&A with Dorice Ramsey: ‘Don’t assume the path someone else takes to success is your path’

When did you first start thinking of yourself as a leader?Early on people around me saw me as a leader, well before I did . teachers, high school peer ...

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Q&A with Anne Harris Carter: ‘Influence goes beyond titles’

When did you first start thinking of yourself as a leader?I became familiar with the role of a leader at an early age. My parents were deeply engaged ...

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Q&A with LaNisha Cassell: ‘I have a better understanding of what drives me’

When did you first start thinking of yourself as a leader?I think I've always viewed myself as a leader - always been involved and motivated to take a ...

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