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The Muddy Season

Back in the early 1940s kids didn’t need to pay as much attention to wintertime calendar dates as broadly as they are required to today. Seasons, such as fall, winter and spring, were properly … more

Lawmakers should not design curriculum

A bill in Iowa’s legislature to imbue a restrictive version of social studies education upon our young people is not only poorly written but replaces the goal of teaching WHAT happened in history … more

From the News Desk -- Feb. 21, 2024

This month has been an exciting one for us at The News, as some of us were able to attend the Iowa Newspaper Association’s annual convention in Des Moines on Feb. 8. The convention offers various … more

The Driscoll Dispatch -- Feb. 21, 2024

In the sixth week of our legislative session, we hit our first major milestone of the year, setting the stage for a week filled with intensive subcommittee and committee meetings. Our focus was on … more

Proposed changes to history, gov’t curriculum are problematic

I am a parent and an educator. I have worked in public education for nearly 14 years at the secondary level as a social studies teacher. I am not writing this as a representative of my district or my … more

A retrospective of my first year at The News

I remember my first week vividly. I had just graduated the University of Iowa and was fairly new to adult life. It was January, cold and wet. My car broke down, leaving me with my … more

It’s time for a change in representation

The current Congressperson for the 1st District, Mariannette Miller-Meeks, needs a clearer voting strategy in Congress. For instance, she voted against the Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxic Act … more

Fighting for veterans?

On February 8th, Representative Miller-Meeks posted a picture on X (formerly Twitter) of her meeting with officials from the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA). She correctly stated that … more

Clean up after your dogs

There's an issue in Lone Tree that I wish could be dealt with: dog owners. The city parks (especially North/Tank Park) are not dog parks. There is a leash law in the city for your dog and to pick … more

Legislators should prioritize our quality of life

Like many members of our community, I appreciated the time that our state representatives spent with their constituents at the Washington County Hospital & Clinics on Feb. 9. I was, however, … more

Happy Valentine’s Day

V: Value A: All the L: Loving E: Energies N: Needed T: To be I: Invested in N: Newly E: Every S: Special D: Day. A: Again? Y: Yes! Perhaps this is not the … more

Husky Highlites -- Feb. 7, 2024

Highland held their final Facilities Advisory Committee meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 24. It was the best-attended meeting of the five that were held. We had 29 people there to finalize a plan to take … more

AEAs are far better than the alternative

Fifty years ago, we put students before politics and the AEAs were created with the help of Senator Chuck Grassley, to create equal opportunities for all students, so that regardless of whether you … more

Patriotism matters

Republicans have been working on legislation intended to instill patriotism in K-12 students by having them sing the National Anthem daily. I agree completely that we need to renew students’ … more

The Driscoll Dispatch: Jan. 31, 2024

A key bill I am sponsoring this session is SF 2067. This bill aims to address and reform various aspects of how sexual assault cases are handled, particularly in terms of evidence preservation, … more

Our leaders need to protect our natural resources

I grew up catching bluegills (and one huge catfish) in the pond behind my house. In high school I started canoeing the rivers in northeast Iowa. I still love spending time outdoors, but these days I … more

An assault on our heritage

Maybe you missed the story last month, it’s interesting. The Satanic Temple of Iowa followed the rules, applied and was approved for a display at the Iowa State Capitol for the Christmas season. … more

AEA proposal lacks common sense

Our house is over twenty years old. Like all homes, even ones in excellent shape, ours needs maintenance and improvements occasionally. Recently, my wife wanted to replace our kitchen floor. I … more

From the News Desk -- January 18, 2024

Now that a fat layer of snow has blanketed our world, it’s safe to say winter is here. But for people who love getting their hands in the dirt, the seed catalogs are out, and plans for spring … more

Republicans will whitewash anything

Local farmers tired of looking at their dusty, cob-webby barn walls can get a nice whitewash job done by calling most any Republican. Whitewashing is what they do. Nikki Haley's recent inability … more
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