Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines
Thursday December 18, 2014
Cutting corners in Marion
So it looks like 2015 will be the year of the roundabout in Marion.
Steady now. Don’t get dizzy.
Marion City Engineer Dan Whitl ...
Tuesday December 16, 2014
Butter cow beats local control
Here's a novel idea.
Each year, on a rotating basis, an Iowa school board should get to approve Gov. Terry Branstad's calendar. They decide ...
Sunday December 14, 2014
Memories, ideas roll in for Wood
A couple of weeks ago, I asked for your thoughts on how best to celebrate Grant Wood’s 125th birthday in 2016. Some of my colleagues ...
Thursday December 11, 2014
Checking on Linn-Mar’s pick
First, let’s get one thing straight. Quintin Shepherd has no plans to cancel Halloween.
“I would say never,” said Shephe ...
Sunday December 07, 2014
Pork pander tough to swallow
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has joined the Iowa caucuses’ pantheon of pander. He’ll be presented with the coveted Golden Pork Chop ...
Thursday December 04, 2014
Gatekeeper calls it a ‘heavy lift’
Back in April, state Sen. Liz Mathis sat at her desk in the Iowa Senate watching a live online feed of the Racing and Gaming Commission’s vo ...
Tuesday December 02, 2014
My way, and that’s an order
When it comes to governing by executive order, I’m not a fan.
So when President Barack Obama issued his order last month giving tempor ...
Thursday November 27, 2014
Drumsticks for the deserving
Happy Thanksgiving Day to all.
Years back, when I first came to town, I used my Thanksgiving column to hand out honorary turkey drumsticks t ...
Tuesday November 18, 2014
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 ...
Sunday November 16, 2014
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.
Folks from the Nature Cons ...
Thursday November 13, 2014
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.
Tuesday November 11, 2014
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 ...