Staff Editorials

Lose the partisan politics

With the departure of Supervisor Terrence Neuzil for a job in Michigan, a seat has once again opened up on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors. ... »

Seeking practical solutions to persistent problems

Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett's Engage Iowa #x201c;think tank,#x201d; has yielded its first public policy proposal, a plan that links ... »

Fearmongering has no place in discussions about Syrian refugees

At least 31 of our nation's governors, including our own, need reminding: America cannot lead from a position of fear.

It was inevitable tha ... »

Branstad’s dismissal of Medicaid concerns flunks history

Gov. Terry Branstad is deploying revisionist history to defend his Medicaid privatization drive.

Earlier this week, the governor faced questi ... »

Bakken pipeline hearing: Iowans deserve to be heard

More than 200 people will appear before the Iowa Utilities Board today in Boone for public comments on a proposed 1,134-mile pipeline carrying Bakk ... »

Finding our place

What makes people love where they live, and why does it matter?

Those were the central questions driving researchers at Gallup and the John S ... »

Library vote disappointing, but strong system remains

We're not convinced that Tuesday's defeat of a 27-cent levy to help fund Cedar Rapids' two public libraries means citizens don't see the value of l ... »

Democracy is not a spectator sport

The votes are in and once again a relative few made decisions for everyone.

For as much as we hear people complaining that government doesn't ... »

Care about your city? Then you’d better vote.

If Tuesday's election is anything like previous city elections, only about one out of every five registered voters will bother to cast a ballot. ... »

Presidential candidates: Let's talk about technology and innovation

The popularity of non-traditional Presidential candidates such as Ben Carson, Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina, and that of candidates with less trad ... »

The EPA should not give up ground on renewable fuels

When the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS, was expanded in 2007, it was because it is in the nation's best interest to create a stable marke ... »

Learn from recent successes to keep demand for abortion low

Recently released figures showing a steady decline in the number of abortions performed in Iowa is both good news and a call to action to build upo ... »

Our endorsement for Marion City Council

The Marion City Council race appears to be a referendum on the city's ongoing development. Only one candidate appears unwilling to summarily dismis ... »

Endorsement: Vote ‘yes’ for library levy

Cedar Rapids' public library system has two top-notch, high-quality facilities downtown and on the west side. It circulated 1.4 million materials l ... »

Our endorsements for Cedar Rapids City Council

Cedar Rapids voters have been called to the polls many times in recent years, to vote on multiple local-option sales tax plans, casino gambling and ... »