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Tone down for what? Water quality issue won’t go away, governor

Tone it down, water drinkers.

That was Gov. Terry Branstad’s basic message this past week when asked about the Des Moi ... »

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 ... »

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 ... »

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 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 ... »

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 ... »

The Week -- Equality, hyberbole and pancakes

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

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 ... »