Blogs

Scanning for interest in policy

Prepare to be scanned, Cedar Rapidians.

Your City Council on Tuesday, “without council or public comment” as Rick Smith ... »

Summer’s swarm of warnings

Ah, summer.

Sweet corn, tomatoes and a swarm of media reports and official warnings on all the ways summer can snuff us out like a citronell ... »

We’ve been Trumped, but don’t worry, Iowans

So I’m not losing any sleep over Donald Trump.

Being conscious, most of the time, I can’t help but notice others are more work ... »

Branstad energizes Democrats

Iowa Democrats gave out their ... »

People, struggles get lost in transgender hype

Like many readers, I observed Caitlyn Jenner’s coming out party from afar. Unlike many of you, it wasn’t the first time I or those cl ... »

Find a place to disconnect before summer’s over

My cellular provider has a series of TV ads claiming its powerful coverage will reach unexpected places. One insists “now the middle of nowh ... »

Pardon me for not rejoicing

Another day, another spitting match between Gov. Terry Branstad and a public employee union.

The latest lawsuit was launched by AFSCME in res ... »

A wide open race for mayor in Marion

So Mayor Snooks is moving on.

‘I was on the fence for a while,” said Marion Mayor Allen “Snooks” Bouska, who tol ... »

The ‘stache always knows best in Iowa

Fun fact: Iowa is the only state with a ‘stache-cameral form of government. It’s true.

Sure, civics class taught us a bunch of ... »

The big issue with the other Branstad veto

Perhaps Gov. Terry Branstad doesn’t have a clear understanding of what benefit cliffs are or how they hamper economic advancement.

Ami ... »

Johnson County Community ID begins next week

Rollout of the long anticipated Johnson County Community ID begins Friday, another Midwestern first courtesy of the People’s Republic.

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No room for hate in our state

This may be what happens when history is hidden or allowed to fall into the trap of selective memory.

Cedar Rapids police believe ... »

Let’s not forget the ladies

Thanks to Schoolhouse Rock, I can no longer read the preamble to the Constitution. I must sing it.

“W ... »

The president and the press

(My annual Independence Day-ish shot of patriotic satire)

White House briefing room, ... »

A call for a better soil discussion in Cedar Rapids

Scott Overland followed the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission’s handling of the four-inch topsoil rule and thinks Cedar Rapids could ... »