Staff Editorials

Linn-Mar bond measure deserves voters’ support

Enrollment in Linn-Mar Community School District has increased by more than 15 percent over the last five years, standing this fall at 7,429 students. ...

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Record dead zone underscores the need for action

The Gulf of Mexico's dead zone off the coast of Louisiana and Texas is now the largest ever recorded by scientists. At 8,776 square miles, it's as lar ...

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Reynolds must act to protect Iowa’s most vulnerable youth

Three years after the closure of the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo, local officials are unable to provide safe and humane in-state treatment facilities ...

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Locked Out: All counties in Creative Corridor lack affordable homes

Ten years ago, more Iowans could access homes within their budgets. But the combination of stagnant wages and increased costs of living are taking a t ...

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Kirkwood bond issue deserves voter support

Kirkwood Community College will ask voters in its seven-county region on Sept. 12 to renew a bond issue for the next five years, providing $60 million ...

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County districts best option; more engagement needed

A sliver of Linn County voters decided Tuesday to keep the current representation plan for the Board of Supervisors.The choice of requiring supervisor ...

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Trump should rescind his transgender order

Sixty-nine years ago this week, President Harry Truman signed a pair of executive orders barring discrimination on the basis of race in federal employ ...

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Lack of interest isn’t luxury state or students can afford

Higher education in Iowa is facing several significant challenges - none of which can be solved in isolation. So, it is disappointing the first meeti ...

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Plan 3 is the best choice in upcoming election

Ten years ago this weekend, we weighed in on a special election to determine a representation plan for the Linn County Board of Supervisors. Voters we ...

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Iowa has vested interest in combating climate change

Linn County this week joined the ranks of local entities from around the country pledging to meet the spirit of the Paris agreement on climate change ...

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Lowering the boom: Cedar Rapids should restrict, not ban fireworks

As the smoke clears, emotions are running high and the numbers are sobering. In Cedar Rapids, the first weeks of legal fireworks in nearly eight decad ...

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A sad tradition of shortchanging our resources

The first of many doses of bad news spawned by Iowa's 2018 budget mess involves a cut in natural resources programs. This should come as no surprise t ...

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Cedar Rapids panhandling proposal more wide than narrow

If a new pedestrian safety ordinance was as narrowly crafted as Cedar Rapids officials claim it is, we'd be more apt to support it. City Council membe ...

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Iowa school officials must bring seclusion out of the closet

With documented violations of rules governing seclusion rooms in two of the state's largest school districts, it's clear such inappropriate isolations ...

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Common sense, courtesy could defuse most fireworks angst

There always seem to be a few people who can't play by the rules. And, unfortunately for those who gathered to watch Cedar Rapids' annual fireworks di ...

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