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Slavery occurring in the United States in 2020 you ask? No way, you think. But, that is exactly what human trafficking is – modern day slavery! more
IWILL or IWON’T? That’s a dilemma for Iowa Republican legislators as they open their new session in an election year that could challenge their majority. Will they raise the state sales tax a penny to pay for expensive water quality and mental-health programs? Or won’t they? more
On Jan. 12, seven-term Congressman Dave Loebsack (IA-02) announced his endorsement of Pete Buttigieg for president: more
Congratulations on being elected to a position in city or school government. Now, it is time to fulfill your duties as a government official. more
As Iowa Public Television wraps up our 50th anniversary celebrations, we are preparing for the inevitable change the next 50 years will bring. On Jan. 1, 2020, IPTV changes our name to Iowa PBS. Friends of IPTV Foundation will become Friends of Iowa PBS Foundation. We are changing our names and logos to better position your statewide public television network for the future.Our new names and look will better represent how we deliver our mission to educate, inform, enrich and inspire in today’s digital age. We believe “Iowa PBS” clearly conveys that we take our identity first from the state we are proud to serve and then from the network we are proud to deliver. more
I had a history professor in graduate school who owned 140 acres of long leaf pine in east Texas. Dr. Cravens knew how much growth the trees had put on that year, what the volume of wood on that worn out cotton farm was worth that week and when it was ready to harvest. It was an investment that converted sunlight in to biomass, like compound interest. more
The 2020 elections are rapidly approaching, and we want Iowans to know that your state and local election officials are working together to protect your vote. Foreign adversaries and bad actors around the world would like to disrupt U.S. elections and sow discord in our country. We are dedicated to preventing that in 2020. more
As I am sure you are aware, concerns have been raised regarding this year’s unpredictable harvest and grain quality. more
Like so many Americans, I was deeply troubled by the inhumane treatment of refugees arriving at our southern border seeking only to share in the promise that is America. Under the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, the use of detention centers and the separation of families is reminiscent of the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, the “Red Scare” of the 1950s and other less noble times in our history. At the root of all these tragic episodes is a cabal of fear mongers demonizing and decrying “others” as the source of all our problems. In doing so, they blind us, temporarily, to our true values and inherent decency. more
Impeachment: Two points of view more
Last year’s winter weather was a challenge for all of us. We all hope this year we will have less cold and snow. As we get closer to the winter season, I hope this article is a reminder of how we handle calling off school. more
Did you know one in five children has a learning or attention issue? In a classroom of 20 students, at least four of them may have learning challenges. more
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