Staff Editorials

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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Lawmakers should scrap compensation boards

After years of debate, locally and at the Statehouse, Iowa lawmakers are on the verge of scrapping county compensation boards, panels that recommend s ...

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Branstad should veto minimum wage bill

There still is time for Gov. Terry Branstad to stop legislation that will reaffirm a statewide minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, a figure set nearly a d ...

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Tools exist for robust oversight of state tax expenditures

Tax expenditures - special tax credits, deductions, exclusions, exemptions, deferrals and preferential tax rates - substantially reduce the revenue th ...

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House should follow Senate on speed cameras and texting bills

State senators made the right calls this week on a pair of traffic safety bills.A bipartisan majority of senators turned back an effort to ban the use ...

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New Marion Chief brings welcome changes

Marion's new police chief is already mixing things up, and we look forward to the new landscape. Joe McHale is a second-generation police officer. He ...

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Iowa’s budget shortfalls are more than a revenue problem

Lawmakers and Gov. Terry Branstad are right to pull from the state's cash reserves to fill the latest $131 million budget gap, the result of lower tha ...

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Iowa needs stronger rules for evidence of possible sexual assault

With the help of $3 million in federal grants, the Iowa Sexual Assault Kit Initiative has completed the state's first comprehensive inventory of sexua ...

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Too many tax breaks?

On a recent Friday, State Reps. Ken Rizer, R-Cedar Rapids, and Ashley Hinson, R-Marion, stood before a large room filled to capacity with constituents ...

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