Low wages hurt families, economy
To the editor: As a nurse, I’ve seen firsthand the impact low wages have had on the health of Iowans. With the implementation of the Affordable ... »
Southwest CR park needs attention
To the editor: Now that we have a “world class” library — complete with its difficulty in meeting financial commitments — ... »
Marion library backers have spent years studying options for a new facility. It’s time to take those plans to the people.
Marion Public Library Director Doug Raber had a question for the Marion City Council during its most recent work session. “In your mind, what&# ... »
Review state’s work-release program
In Iowa, some prisoners are granted permission to participate in a work-release program with the stipulation they return to their correctional facilit ... »
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Branstad energizes Democrats

Iowa Democrats gave out their »

Find a place to disconnect before summer’s over
My cellular provider has a series of TV ads claiming its powerful coverage will reach unexpected places. One insists “now the middle of nowhere ... »
A wide open race for mayor in Marion
So Mayor Snooks is moving on. ‘I was on the fence for a while,” said Marion Mayor Allen “Snooks” Bouska, who told me this ... »
The ‘stache always knows best in Iowa
Fun fact: Iowa is the only state with a ‘stache-cameral form of government. It’s true.Sure, civics class taught us a bunch of stuff abou ... »
Sunday, July 19, 2015
People, struggles get lost in transgender hype

Like many readers, I observed Caitlyn Jenner’s coming out party from afar. Unlike many of you, it wasn’t the first time I or those cl ... »

Pardon me for not rejoicing
Another day, another spitting match between Gov. Terry Branstad and a public employee union.The latest lawsuit was launched by AFSCME in response to B ... »
The big issue with the other Branstad veto
Perhaps Gov. Terry Branstad doesn’t have a clear understanding of what benefit cliffs are or how they hamper economic advancement.Amid the flur ... »
Johnson County Community ID begins next week
Rollout of the long anticipated Johnson County Community ID begins Friday, another Midwestern first courtesy of the People’s Republic.The cards ... »
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Does Iowa really need Ex-Im?

Has Iowa’s economy suffered since July 1? It was supposed to.

At least, that’s what lobbyists in Washington predicted would ha ... »

West Liberty has a lot to brag about
Just over a week ago, editorial board members Quinn Pettifer, Teresa Daubitz and I set up our tent in West Liberty’s annual picnic in Kimberly ... »
If Scott Walker won, who really lost?
In the July 15 issue of the The Gazette, Wisconsin governor and Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker had a guest column. In the column, Gov. ... »
Make fiscal responsibility a top priority
Iowans are no strangers to the chaos that we call caucus season. We have a unique opportunity in this state to vet the candidates and to speak to them ... »
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