Staff Editorials

One-sided health care plans won’t benefit Iowans

For more than seven years Republicans have claimed the Affordable Care Act was developed and passed by Democrats alone under a shroud of secrecy. Such ...

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An open letter to President Donald Trump upon his return to Cedar Rapids

Welcome to Cedar Rapids, Mr. President. The last time you visited us, you were a candidate for the presidency. Now, you're the commander in chief. And ...

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Corbett’s emphasis on vital issues is welcome

Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett is now officially a Republican candidate for governor. Any clear-eyed political assessment would show his road is steep ...

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Unity and reflection in the wake of terror

Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis was on the field Wednesday when congressional Republicans' baseball practice was attacked by gunman who wounded five ...

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A costly push for change in Linn County

Last fall, we opposed shrinking the Linn County Board of Supervisors from three to five members less than a decade after the board was expanded. Just ...

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Naming county facility for Harris couple is fitting, deserved recognition

The decision by Linn County Supervisors to name the future child and youth development services and public health center for Dr. Percy and Lileah Harr ...

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A historic moment with challenges looming

Gov. Kim Reynolds made history this week by becoming the first woman to hold Iowa's top job. But in her pitch-perfect inaugural address Wednesday morn ...

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Crestwood debate ends, demonstration now begins

Rezoning was granted Tuesday by a supermajority of the Cedar Rapids City Council, giving the hotly debated Crestwood Ridge mixed-income housing comple ...

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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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