Opinion

Kid candidate raises a valid issue

We’re impressed and heartened by Matthew Haile’s “campaign.”

The 13-year-old student at Franklin Middle School in Cedar Rapids wants to run for a seat on the School Board in 2015. Although it’s not legally [...]

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Redskins: Words matter

“If I were the owner of the team and I knew there was a name of my team — even if it had a storied history — that was offending a sizable group of people, I’d think about changing it. [...]

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Hobby Lobby entitled to beliefs

I was a little disturbed by the comments made by Sue Dirks in her Aug. 14 letter “Hobby Lobby’s decisions upsetting.”

I found them not only hypocritical, but mean-spirited, as well.

First, on the topic of religiou [...]

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Science education merits support

As former high school science teachers, we applaud the state’s ongoing initiative to increase STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) opportunities in public schools.

Voters should know, however, that State Sen. Joni Ernst v [...]

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Options provides safe environment

Ethical and legal rights are violated when government eliminates funding programs for adults with disabilities.

Options of Linn County is confronted with restructuring and potential closure due to legislative and financial issues.

Opt [...]

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On debt, disaster and debate

Our race for governor has taken a nostalgic turn, with “Big Debt Chet,” I-JOBS and the Flood of 2008 all making cameo appearances.

It started in last week’s debate when Gov. Terry Branstad touted his fiscal wisdom by sw [...]

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Suicide: Asking “The Question”

The brilliant Robin Williams last week joined the long roster of Americans who have tragically ended their lives by committing suicide.

The most recent published data from the American Association of Suicidology indicate that in 2011 there [...]

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Resist early start dates

My hat’s off to opponents of September school start dates for creativity when offering explanations for starting school in early August. As a 37-year veteran teacher I can honestly say when the school year begins does not impact academic su [...]

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An important step toward fairness

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilkins didn’t dramatically change the big money game that is major college athletics. But she did strike an important first blow for fairness.

Wilkins ruled earlier this month that the NCAA cannot bar its [...]

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State is punishing an innocent man

How can we let the state of Iowa cause a man and his family to suffer? In the case of Benton Mackenzie, the state is letting him suffer. The state has punished and harmed this innocent man and his family.

All Mackenzie wanted to do was to s [...]

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Braley is qualified for office

I will be voting for Bruce Braley in the November election.

He is more than qualified for the Senate Judicial office and he will not change our Social Security, which has been there for us for more than 65 years.

Eve Bennett

Ced [...]

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Attack ads on Ernst are inaccurate

Ever seen The Taxpayer Protection Pledge?

It’s very simple. It says, I will oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses. Part 2 says, I will oppose any net reduction or elimin [...]

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