Staff Editorials

Trashmore’s possibilities become a reality at last

Although it's been hoped for years Cedar Rapids's towering landfill pile affectionately dubbed Mount Trashmore could become a recreation destination, ...

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Resilient Cedar Rapids library deserves national accolades

The rest of the nation now knows what we do: The Cedar Rapids Public Library is a vital and vibrant community hub. It is one of only five 2017 library ...

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What will it take to build support for affordable housing?

Many obstacles face affordable housing projects. Developers must secure funding, allocate resources, work within the boundaries of strategic plans and ...

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Blum’s constituents deserve an explanation

By any measure U.S. Rep. Rod Blum has had a difficult week. He has only himself to blame. Problems began percolating months ago when Iowans noticed Bl ...

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Time to make Cedar Lake a recreation destination

What a difference a few years can make. Nearly two years ago this board, just like most Cedar Rapidians, urged caution in the push to transform Cedar ...

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Ask court to rule on lieutenant governor dispute

Normally, we lament the time lost and expense spawned by tossing disputes between Iowa's elected officials into the courts. But when the dispute invol ...

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Cities should accept DOT traffic camera rules

Iowa lawmakers listened to law enforcement pleas and smartly abandoned legislation seeking to ban automated traffic enforcement cameras. Now, we think ...

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More work to do on medical cannabis

Lawmakers worked throughout the night last Friday to craft and pass a revamp of the Iowa Medical Cannabis Act. Their last ditch effort kept the progra ...

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End of reading program doesn’t signal end of need

A year ago, this editorial board urged the Iowa Legislature to either provide funding for a mandated effort to help third-graders struggling with read ...

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Prevention, not restriction will reduce abortion in Iowa

Sweeping abortion restrictions approved by the Legislature this week are not in the best interest of women, will not significantly reduce abortion, an ...

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Flood Facts: Iowa Flood Center is an invaluable resource

In June 2008, critical information on what Cedar Rapids leaders, businesses and residents could expect from the Cedar River too often was as murky as ...

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Forfeiture reforms: A step in the right direction

Kudos to state legislators for passing long overdue civil asset forfeiture reforms. Senate File 446 should be quickly signed into law by Gov. Terry Br ...

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Affordable Housing: Second chances & better processes

Elected officials don't often get second chances, or clear-cut strategies for complex problems. Right now Cedar Rapids City Council members have both. ...

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League of Women Voters forums offer vital constituent contact

Nobody can force Rep. Ken Rizer, R-Marion, or any other state lawmaker, to attend public forums sponsored monthly during the legislative session by th ...

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Time for Rep. Blum to face the public

We are glad to see U.S. Rep. Rod Blum has scheduled an appearance in Cedar Rapids next week. We'd be even happier if he made time for a fully public t ...

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