Staff Editorials

Our endorsements for Iowa City Council

Of all the issues that can challenge city leaders, growth is one of the most desirable. Even so, managing that growth requires thoughtful planning ... »

A rule change that breaks the rules

The Branstad administration is pursuing a rule change that breaks the rules of good government.

The Department of Revenue has served notice ... »

Transit study is a good first step

Those curious about the need to expand and improve existing public transit services in Cedar Rapids need look no further than the ... »

Branstad’s bullying order is welcome

Gov. Terry Branstad came to Cedar Rapids this week to do what state lawmakers have declined to do for three years — take meaningful action t ... »

Keep working on bed-tracking solution

With only 29 facilities providing inpatient psychiatric services and only 31 counties having practicing psychiatrists, it is imperative Iowans in n ... »

Release demands investigation

Cedar Rapids residents deserve more than “refused ... to explain.”

That’s how The Gazette’s Lee Hermiston describ ... »

Plan, end of backlog are welcome changes

After years in transition, the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission has developed a focused work plan to guide its efforts and measurable goals to ... »

Shortchanging small towns: It’s time to shore up philanthropic support for our rural areas

Despite the good works provided by a robust network of community foundations, rural areas in Iowa, as elsewhere, struggle to compete for grants and ... »

Small loans could bring big opportunities

Usually, when Cedar Rapids makes economic development news, projects unveiled with great fanfare tend to be on the big side. A new company is movin ... »

Time to truly tackle violence

The recent shooting death of a 15-year-old boy and subsequent arrest of a 14-year-old boy have stunned Cedar Rapidians.

But the death of Aaro ... »

Regents must show their work

It’s not uncommon for university instructors to demand their students thoroughly show their work. Not doing so can result in a lower grade, ... »

Vote today: Show you care about schools

Your children, grandchildren, young neighbors and friends have been back to school for a couple of weeks now.

Today, it’s your turn to ... »

Vilsack ready to talk rural

Rural leaders from across the nation will converge in Washington, D.C., this week for the fourth annual ... »

Our endorsement for Marion school board

Four out of seven board of director seats are on the ballot Sept. 8 when voters in the Marion Independent School District head to the polls. Five c ... »

Reject Iowa’s Medicaid privatization

Back in 2013, Gov. Terry Branstad signed a bipartisan deal to expand Iowa’s Medicaid program while praising the “cooperative environm ... »