Court has overstepped boundaries
To the editor: Now that the Supreme Court has decided the Obamacare and same-sex marriage cases, Republicans will be complaining about activist judges ... »
Cicada, candidate share likeness
To the editor: The cicada and presidential candidate share the same likeness. They both come out at certain time period intervals, give off their loud ... »
Prevent teenage pregnancies
It’s difficult to talk about teenagers engaging in sexual activity. But it’s a public health issue Iowa communities of every size must d ... »
All Iowa marriages finally, truly equal
Proponents of marriage equality celebrated a landmark victory last week as the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that 14th Amendment due process and equal prot ... »
Friday, June 26, 2015
The Week -- Equality, hyberbole and pancakes

I’m sure many Iowans who witnessed the arrival of Friday’s landm ... »

Priorities in need of adjustment
As contrasts go, it’s pretty striking.On Friday the Iowa Economic Development Authority agreed to add $25 million in tax credits to the already ... »
The dirt on Father’s Day, after all these years
Father’s Day has me thinking about dirt. And no, this isn’t another topsoil column. Promise.It’s that my dad, Howard Dorman, who ... »
EPC washes away the topsoil rule
Iowa’s Environmental Protection Commission took a short field trip to a parking lot outside their meeting on Tuesday.There, they saw an Iowa St ... »
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Keeping the ‘Faith In Iowa’

Civil rights vanguards aren’t immediately appreciated and are rarely comfortable. Iowans know this from experiences dating to the early 1800 ... »

Deportee, son discuss separation on Father’s Day
The connection left a lot to be desired. But, actually, that was the point. Pastor Max Villatoro and his son, Anthony, reunited in a public setting th ... »
Of bullets, Bibles and bullies
Nothing I write can return Andrea Farrington to her family and friends. That truth rests like a chunk of lead in my stomach. It has been sitting there ... »
Even in death, straw poll hype continues
Candidates, please idle your wallets. Members of the Republican State Central Committee voted Friday morning to officially end the Iowa Straw Poll, a ... »
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Criminal sentence was warranted

Your front-page coverage, “Facing the reality of ... »

Our fragile, but optimistic consumers
As a recent Federal Reserve survey indicates, the lack of financial reserves of many households in the U.S. is distressing. Twenty-four percent of fam ... »
‘How are you doing?’ Not well.
“How are you doing today?” is often a simple question met with smile and a quick, “I’m doing well and you?” Yet, ov ... »
Show support for student drivers this summer
Student drivers will be hitting the roads in full force this summer learning the ropes of the road. Driver’s education is taught all throughout ... »
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