Stand united against terrorism

To the editor:

Why were President Barack Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder quick to condemn the injured policeman in Ferguson, Mo., ... »

Avoid a ticket by following the law

To the editor:

I am puzzled by the resistance and anger directed toward the speed cameras. Speed limits have been established for a long time ... »

SOTU: Compromise cuts both ways

Diets of only red meat aren’t healthy. So we were pleased to watch President Barack Obama and Iowa’s freshman U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst pu ... »

Don’t be hasty in closing Iowa MHIs

At first glance, Gov. Terry Branstad’s call for closure of two of Iowa’s state-run mental health institutions could be viewed as a pu ... »

Sunday, January 25, 2015
Red flags greet new teenager

So I officially became the father of a teenager this past week.

It happened quietly, at 8:06 a.m. Monday. I was getting ready for work, stra ... »

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. »

Sunday, January 25, 2015
What might be lost in Iowa City cottage dispute

This past week has been filled with listening and searching, both producing little satisfaction.

On Tuesday night about 80 people gathered a ... »

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 ... »

Sunday, January 25, 2015
New Cedar Rapids superintendent must be strong voice for schools

The Cedar Rapids Schools are at critical transition in leadership. As a young student in the district, I was well aware of the most critical decisi ... »

New CR superintendent should be innovative, collaborative and community focused

First, I want to congratulate David Benson on a job well done as superintendent of the Cedar Rapids Community School District.

He took the po ... »

New Cedar Rapids superintendent should remove barriers to learning

The education of our youth is one of the most important issues facing our community today. I appreciate the opportunity to comment on the important ... »

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’ ... »

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