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This column comes to our readers six months (to the day) from COVID-19 finding its way into the office of your hometown newspaper. It was Nov. 5 when I was tested for COVID-19. I went to our … more
Fifty years ago, the Occupational Safety and Health Act went into effect, promising American workers the right to safety on the job. This was a big win for hard-working Americans. It has prevented … more
If given an opportunity to speak in front of 200-plus people, most of whom you know, would you do it? I’m reminded of former studies finding that many people find public speaking more frightening … more
We are now entering into the last couple weeks of session and budget negotiations are underway. As we work through the state’s priorities, I wanted to write about a few priorities I promised all of … more
Students of all ages have had a challenging time the last 13 months, attempting to learn in new ways and under changing circumstances. Fortunately, because of President Biden’s American Rescue … more
I spend a fair amount of time in this space bagging on social media — how pointlessly addicted we are to it, the ridiculous amount of merit we hold in things we see on it, the fact we mindlessly … more
Last week the Iowa House passed our “Back the Blue” bill with bipartisan support. This was a significant campaign promise I was thrilled to act on. The legislation increases protections and … more
The federal American Rescue Plan signed into law last month is one of the most pro-family, pro-education pieces of legislation in American history. In his first 100 days, President Biden has already … more
First the trade wars, then the pandemic and the derecho. They’ve all roiled the economy for Iowa farmers, folks living and working in rural areas, and anyone in an ag-related field. Even though … more
This week I want to touch base on the Iowa House’s proposed investment into the Department of Corrections. Our proposal is an additional $20.474 million in new dollars. This is the biggest proposed … more
For more than a year, we've had at least one story a week (often times more) on the COVID-19 pandemic on our news pages. In the last month, we've done stories on both Wilton and Durant school … more
The second funnel deadline has come and gone, and we are officially on the home stretch of this session. Our work on the Appropriations Committee and Ways and Means Committee will take up most of our … more
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