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“This is Iowa” campaign good for Iowa

The Iowa travel and hospitality industry, which naturally relies on people moving from place to place, was impacted to the tune of a 46.1% decline in employment as a direct result of the pandemic. … more

Addressing the crisis at the border

In August alone, Customs and Border Protection encountered more than 208,000 people attempting to enter the U.S. illegally — an increase of 318% during the same exact time just one year … more

Make your voice heard by voting November 2

You might be surprised to learn that the upcoming city-school election may have a bigger impact on your daily life than who is elected president, senator or governor. While races for those higher … more

Updates on Iowa’s redistricting process

First redistricting plan voted down This month, legislators rejected the redistricting maps drawn up by our state’s nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency. I voted for the maps when the … more

We must act on climate change right now

Whether we realize it or not, our planet and our future wellbeing is in jeopardy. The planet is getting warmer. That is a fact. It is not a matter of opinion. This has been causing and will … more

Collecting postcards is a window to the past

Deitiology is the collection and study of postcards. It’s a hobby I fell into by accident; I was browsing through an antique store when I found a card catalog cabinet stuffed full with old … more

Local newspapers provide an important service to their communities

After spending 10 years working in small community newspapers, I was named executive director of the Iowa Press Association in 1980. The IPA had a staff of four people including me. We offered our … more

“When the Republicans talk tax cuts, grab your wallet”

Republicans in the U.S. Senate like Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley like to tout the tax cuts of 2017 as good government in action. We were told by Trump that they would be “rocket fuel for the … more

Let’s serve up some prime tax cuts

Earlier this year, Washington Democrats rammed through a massive, nearly $2 trillion bill full of partisan pet projects and Democratic Party wish list items under the guise of “COVID … more

Reflecting on changes in life, ourselves

I’ve been thinking: As often happens when people move to a different place to live, they often find themselves worrying if they’ll be ‘happy.’ After a while they may reach a … more

Reinstate the Mid-Prairie mask mandate

As a mother, grandmother, retired health care provider and longtime member of the Mid-Prairie community, I have always been proud of our school district’s level of commitment to education. … more

Vaccination isn’t a political decision, it is a medical decision

We buried my older brother today; not because he had been sick, but because what should have been a simple medical decision got twisted into a political debate. And he, like thousands of others, … more

Census date will ensure fair representation for local communities

Detailed Census data released August 12 shows where Iowa’s 3.2 million residents lived as of April 1, 2020, and is available for communities down to the block level. These population numbers … more

Understanding the total cost of college

Before embarking on one of the most expensive journeys of a lifetime, your student should understand the complete cost to obtain the education needed for a specific career.   Why It … more

Why should we be penalized for working hard for our country?

I am a retired federal employee writing to raise awareness of the devasting effects of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) experienced by nearly 2 million people. This policy reduces the earned … more

Reynolds does not protect Iowa’s most vulnerable

The governor has repeatedly made statements attempting to show human interest in Iowans, but her actions show otherwise. More than 2,000 Iowa nursing home residents have died from Covid, even more … more

COVID responses should be local decisions

Back in May, I was asked by the publisher if I would continue to contribute articles on a volunteer basis once my contract with the Highland CSD was completed.  It was suggested that I should … more

Ernst reacts to exit in Afghanistan

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) — the first female combat veteran to serve in the U.S. Senate, a veteran of the Global War on Terror, and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee … more

Iowa celebrated in special “Field of Dreams” game

Last Thursday night Iowa was the center of the baseball world nationally and probably internationally when the Chicago White Sox played the New York Yankees in a stadium in the middle of a cornfield … more

Johnson County Supervisors deal with expanding cultural divides in Iowa

There are some deep cultural divides that have grown up between the rural and urban parts of this country. Unfortunately, these divides seem to be growing deeper. Also unfortunately, Johnson County … more
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