Guest Columnists

Refugees, a portrait of courage

Courage. For many the image of firefighters, soldiers, or police officers comes to mind. An ancient Greek sage argued courage lies between cowardice a ...

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Don’t let Kansas or liberals scare you away from tax reform

Liberals and progressives across the nation are celebrating a supposedly #x201c;victory#x201d; in the battle over tax policy when Kansas Republicans h ...

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Human services in Iowa stressed beyond capacity

Iowans are alarmed by recent news reports regarding the starvation deaths of Natalie Finn, Sabrina Ray, and the long-term physical and mental abuse of ...

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Small businesses can’t afford political games

As a family farmer, I believe small businesses are the backbone of our economy here in Iowa. We create local jobs, circulate local dollars, and work t ...

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If you’re an older Iowan, you’re not a priority

There, I've said it. I've felt it for a long time, under both Democratic and Republican leadership at the Iowa Capitol.But now it's worse. It's time t ...

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Efficiency yields cost savings

We recently enjoyed receiving our electric bill. Mild weather combined with efficiency yielded a $13.18 monthly bill, or about 45 cents a day. That's ...

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Iowa DHS striving for thoughtful improvements

As the state examines the tragic deaths of two adopted teenagers, we want to assure Iowans that we're committed to finding meaningful areas to address ...

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We all have a role to play in protecting children

When the horrors of child maltreatment, torture, sexual abuse, or starvation strike our community, we tend to quickly look for someone to blame. The r ...

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June is PTSD Awareness Month

For 15 years, I have had the honor to serve the veterans of Linn County. I take this role seriously. As Director of Linn County Veteran Affairs, it is ...

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Children in foster care need greater support

I have been reading the news stories about Natalie Finn and Sabrina Ray, two teenage girls adopted out of foster care who recently died, and their ado ...

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Foster care is essential and needs support

Hundreds of foster and adoptive kids in Iowa each year find support and grow up to become college students, business owners and loving parents themsel ...

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Combat hate and honor our 3 Oregon good Samaritans

The parable of the good Samaritan is a didactic story told by Jesus in Luke 10:25-37 about a traveler who was stripped of clothing, beaten, and left h ...

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Who lives in affordable housing?

One mother of three works at a local burger joint. Another is a student. Another works as a nursing assistant, caring for the elderly. Another is a tr ...

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Stable housing, firm foundation

Hope Community Development Association (Hope CDA) is the newest of the organizations that sponsored the affordable housing bus tour on May 25. We bega ...

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Excited about affordable housing

Is outreach like the bus tour effective? What did you hear from participants?Yes! There was a lot of excitement from participants. They were excited t ...

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