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Searching for ways to celebrate Grant Wood’s impact on world

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For garden guy, the lot beckons

In February, Ed Thornton will be starting seeds. In the meantime, he’s started a petition.

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Let the speculation commence

This is the sort of weather that lends itself to sitting by the fire, sipping a hot beverage of your choice, gazing into the dancing flames and pon ... »

Iowa water fund likely staying dry

Will this be the year our state lawmakers finally take the plunge for clean water? Don’t hold your breath.

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Fueling up for a gas tax debate

Now that we’re safely past the election, talk has turned to the prospect of raising Iowa’s gas tax. Funny how that happens.

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Ghosts that should be preserved

As a kid, I remember standing in front of enormous glass cases in the Iowa Statehouse rotunda. Inside were dozens of battle flags from the Civil Wa ... »

A political wasteland, courtesy of big spenders from beyond our borders

What a waste.

That’s been the most common sentiment I’ve heard, both from Republicans and Democrats, when talk turns to the pil ... »

The squeal that roared - Ernst blazes to historic win

First, let’s acknowledge the history.

Joni Ernst’s victory tonight in Iowa’s U.S. Senate race is a big moment. The Red O ... »

Voters here could make history

Iowa voters likely will make some history today. The question is how much?

For starters, if a string of lopsided polls are accurate, Republic ... »

Lessons learned from 2014 campaign

Be kind to chickens.

If there’s a big lesson we can all agree on from the 2014 campaign in Iowa, I think that’s it. If some of ... »

Crossing party lines in HD 68

Linn County Supervisor Brent Oleson is in hot water for putting loyalty to a friend before his partisan duties, and for putting a photo on Facebook ... »

Endorsing the art of persuasion

So today marks the end of endorsement season, that heady time each even-numbered autumn when newspapers such as this one are buried in reader accol ... »

Holding our noses, casting our votes

Twenty-six Novembers ago, I used my open campus period to leave school and cast my very first vote.

I hopped into my family’s hulking ... »

Same old routine on pay raise

So much for my good ideas.

Last fall, after the Cedar Rapids City Council voted to give City Manager Jeff Pomeranz a pay raise, I suggested ... »

Ernst sees a dependent generation

Note: Corrected to reflect that average food assistannce in Iowa is $120 per month, per individual.

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