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Civil rights fill critics with dread

Great Scott, it’s Dred Scott.

At least that’s what we’re supposed to believe now in the heady days following the U.S. S ... »

Confederate battle flag, at long last, yields to the reality of history

So in the wake of a horrendous crime of racial hatred in a Charleston church, we’re finally rolling up the battle banners of a rebellion soa ... »

More than words at open mic night

It is not easy to battle inner demons, even when they block something important. What should make the process easier, however, is knowing that each ... »

The Week -- Equality, hyberbole and pancakes

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

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 ... »

Priorities in need of adjustment

As contrasts go, it’s pretty striking.

On Friday the Iowa Economic Development Authority ... »

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 Do ... »

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 ... »

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 th ... »

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 ... »

Searching for sustanence in Iowa’s water quality tussle

I guess it’s fitting for an organization that bites the hind-ends of so many Iowa public officials that run afoul of its principles to serve ... »

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 Stra ... »

Time for some more ‘real talk’

Suicide rates for young black children have nearly doubled over the last two decades, even as rates for white children in the same age group have d ... »

The Week - Straw Poll belongs to the ages

(Obligatory warning: Satire)

Straw Poll, a once politically potent presidential king-maker who drew thousands of Iowa Republicans and media i ... »

Cedar Rapids Council in no mood for mercy

A week ago, I wrote that avoiding a ... »