Staff Editorials

Endorsement: Linn County Conservation Board has more explaining to do

This editorial board could not come to consensus over whether to support a $40 million Linn County conservation bond on the Nov. 8 ballot. On one hand ...

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Residents, leaders are rising to the flood’s challenge

Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman was talking about his police department Friday, but he could have been describing this entire flood-threatened ...

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Base Crestwood Ridge vote on fact, not fear

Cedar Rapids City Council members still have time to consider the merits of Crestwood Ridge, a proposed mixed-income housing development on the northw ...

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Wild Rose Cedar Rapids has potential, but questions remain

Just when it looked like Cedar Rapids' casino prospects had cashed out for good, an intriguing proposal surfaced this week for a gambling facility in ...

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Sensible regulation needed for Corridor’s short-term rentals

Online services like HomeAway and Airbnb make it easier for visitors to book spare bedrooms and otherwise vacant dwellings as an alternative to tradit ...

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Yet another water quality wake up call for state leaders

Back in June, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources predicted another record year for beach closures due to toxic blue green algae blooms. Sure eno ...

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Cedar Rapids should approve Crestwood Ridge proposal

With staff approval in one hand and commission rezoning denial in the other, members of the Cedar Rapids City Council soon will decide the fate of an ...

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Wind credits are a bipartisan success story

A $3.6 billion wind energy project recently approved by the Iowa Utilities Board is just one more example of the real benefits federal wind production ...

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Iowans deserve clear picture of Medicaid switch

If Gov. Terry Branstad and the Department of Human Services truly want us to believe handing Iowa's Medicaid program over to private insurers was a wi ...

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Let’s get together more often ‘after dark’

Area leaders still wondering if there's an appetite in the metro for night time activities need look no further than the continued interest in and suc ...

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Iowa Farm Bureau should get behind Iowa Water and Land Legacy funding

With apologies to Schoolhouse Rock, a three-eighths-cent sales tax increase needed to fill the Iowa Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust fun ...

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County minimum wage plan on the right track

It's been nearly nine years since Iowa's lowest-income earners got a raise. That's far too long, in our view. But our Legislature, where control is sp ...

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Election change good for Marion voters

Marion voters will get a chance in November to change the way they've been electing city council members for decades. We think the change is a good id ...

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Clarity, openness needed in UNI presidential search

Staff Editorial,We've no doubt the Iowa Board of Regents has ideas about how the state's higher education institutions should adapt to 21st Century ed ...

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Review of Iowa alcohol laws is the right call

Here's to Gov. Terry Branstad's decision this week to order a comprehensive review of state laws governing liquor, wine and beer. The governor's order ...

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