Staff Editorials

Abortion opponents should build on what’s working

As part of his Condition of the State address Tuesday, Gov. Terry Branstad called on state legislators to strip funding from health care providers tha ...

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Legislative priorities: Focus on the big stuff

There's plenty of work ahead for Iowa lawmakers as the Legislative session convenes in Des Moines. But there will be no greater challenge than finding ...

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Lawmakers should proceed with caution on a camera ban

It now seems a good bet state lawmakers will move to ban the use of automated traffic enforcement cameras in Iowa. The process has already started, wi ...

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State must address specific danger of phone use while driving

More than 400 people lost their lives on Iowa roadways last year, a 27 percent increase from 2015. The number marks the end of a four-year downward tr ...

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The importance of caring for caregivers

Just over a year ago, the Family Caregivers Center of Mercy opened its doors. Their goal: To support East Central Iowans who are caring for a spouse, ...

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#NotToBrag Iowans, but let’s share the good stuff

It's time to brag, Iowa. The latest awareness campaign from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs boils down to pride. We believe every city and tow ...

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Iowans should seek free private well testing

Amid the ongoing debate over water quality in Iowa, the fact that tens of thousands of Iowans get their drinking water from unregulated private wells ...

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Stop shortchanging some Iowa schools

We hope two recent developments in Davenport finally will push lawmakers to take much-needed and long-delayed action to fix Iowa's K-12 education fund ...

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Robust oversight of Medicaid is needed

The state's second quarterly oversight meeting of Medicaid modernization showed the need: Iowa lawmakers must work to provide more robust oversight of ...

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Lawmakers should dig into Iowa’s tax giveaways

The numbers don't lie. Iowa lawmakers will face a budget shortfall when they return to the Statehouse next month. The Revenue Estimating Conference, a ...

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How to help fight homelessness all year long

During the holiday season, thoughts turn to those less fortunate. The community works together to stockpile warm clothing and nourishing food for thos ...

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Branstad good choice for ambassador to China

President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad as the next U.S. ambassador to China is a sound decision that makes perfect sens ...

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Questions remain after grand jury decision

A grand jury decision, following one day of testimony, that a Cedar Rapids Police Officer was justified in shooting a motorist during a traffic stop h ...

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A “big table” for Iowa water quality talks

One party will control the Iowa Statehouse in January, but that doesn't mean water-quality discussions should be one-sided. As Republican majorities b ...

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Embrace Thanksgiving with ‘one heart, one voice’

Readers anxious about the possibility of having their turkey dinner tainted by politics can find hope in the quest of a single, working mother of five ...

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