Wake up, Speaker of the House

To the editor:

During the State of the Union address on Jan. 20, the only way I knew House Speaker John Boehner was awake was when he got his ... »

Cleanup costs not customers’ burden

To the editor:

A lawsuit against three northwestern counties regarding the management of drainage districts that have high concentrations of ... »

Electing regents is not the answer

The idea that politics and cronyism should not be part of the state Board of Regents selection process is a no-brainer. Determining the best path t ... »

Homers & Gomers

HOMERS — What’s going right


Friday, January 23, 2015
The Week — Bags, summits and lugs

Welcome back to The Week.


No doubt you’ve h ... »

A rule change or a ruckus?

DES MOINES — So Iowa’s 4-inch topsoil rule is one step closer to being yanked out by its roots and replaced. That is, unless Iowans r ... »

Ernst unscathed on big stage

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst survived one of the worst jobs in American politics without a scratch, and enhanced her national profile. Not bad, freshman. »

Ernst grabs the bright spotlight

So our brand new U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, will bask in the national spotlight tonight, giving the official Republican response to the presiden ... »

Saturday, January 24, 2015
Let’s drop the SOTU responses

Let’s be honest: the state of the union response is not strong, nor is it necessary.

This is not a slam against newly minted U.S. Sen. ... »

Let Mason departure herald new age of messy

The People’s Republic of Johnson County is a messy place, often overrun with public meetings and task force investigations. Everyone, it see ... »

Confessions of an Iowa gun snob

Have you ever written or said something from a centrist position only to have those on either side of the issue overreact, confirming your centrist ... »

And thus begins the real work

While some would argue most political campaigns ended last November, I’m not among them.

National campaigns officially ended this week ... »

Saturday, January 24, 2015
Another option for funding roads

Just when we were getting some relief at the gas pump, some are calling on the Legislature to hike the gas tax to fund repairs to our state’ ... »

Share, respect and remember

Jan. 27, Holocaust Memorial Day, is both the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland and the 20th anniversary ... »

A misuse of eminent domain

Our Story County farmland has been in my family since 1854. My great grandfather, grandfather, and father fought to protect this land. Today I feel ... »

School Debate Up First

The first order of business for the Legislature this year should be to set basic state aid for schools, called supplemental state aid. It’s ... »

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