Joel Miller is fulfilling his duties
To the editor:The May 5 article “Auditor stands to lose more employees” seems to be retaliation against Linn County Auditor Joel Miller ... »
Put the brakes on ‘patent trolling’
To the editor:Targeting American businesses with meritless lawsuits has become big business. Sen. Chuck Grassley deserves our thanks for his leadershi ... »
Against the current: Critical inland waterways fight for critical investments
President Barack Obama’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget plan delivers the right message about the nation’s massive and critical infrastructure ... »
Climate change demands attention
We are not scientists. But when 188 researchers and scientists from 39 Iowa colleges and universities call on legislators to address environmental and ... »
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Partnership must tackle real issues

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The Week — Water wars and the Straw Prom loses its theme
SHILL WATERS RUN DEEPSo a couple of weeks ago, I noted Mayor Ron Corbett’s plan for a “pivot.” He told reporters in Des Moines th ... »
Linn feud remains very fluid
Linn County Auditor Joel Miller carried a big bottle of blue Gatorade to the lectern Monday as he faced question time from the Board of Supervisors. B ... »
A little caucus advice
(Warning: Satire)Ring … Ring … RingHello?“Jeb, little bro! It’s W. 43 calling …”Oh, hey, George. Good to hea ... »
Monday, May 18, 2015
Eminent domain bill deserves fair hearing

A  decade has passed since the U.S. Supreme Court decided private property could be legally seized by the government and handed to a differe ... »

Losing the wisdom of strangers
Since grade school, I’ve kept a notebook to document the pearls of humor and wisdom dispensed by strangers. The first entry was courtesy of my ... »
Paranormal investigation at Abbe Center? Why not?
The shuttered Linn County facility that formerly housed Abbe Center for Community Mental Health has remained useful as a training site. Last year it w ... »
‘Looker’ offers peek into women’s realities, seeks empowerment
There are certain things women seem to just know.Walk with a buddy. Park under a streetlight. Pretend it’s a compliment. Never leave a drink un ... »
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Lawsuit criticism misses the mark

There are some pretty stark numbers that you will have to deal with if you want to argue against Bill Stowe and the Des Moines Water Works lawsuit. ... »

Collaboration, not lawsuits, will improve water quality
Throughout my 39 year career in production agriculture, experience has taught me that solutions to the biggest challenges facing our industry come fro ... »
Progress toward trade expansion
Legislation to expand international trade is moving forward in the Senate. I voted in favor of debating a bill to restore Trade Promotion Authority fo ... »
Consider fostering our youth
At the Junior League of Cedar Rapids’ Fostering Strength event in April, Junior League President Molly Baynes gave public testimony of her expe ... »
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