Staff Editorials

Prevent teenage pregnancies

It’s difficult to talk about teenagers engaging in sexual activity. But it’s a public health issue Iowa communities of every size mus ... »

All Iowa marriages finally, truly equal

Proponents of marriage equality celebrated a landmark victory last week as the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that 14th Amendment due process and equal p ... »

School boards make vital decisions about your child’s education, so why do so few want to serve?

It’s not often we stop to consider the importance, impact and reach of a school district.

Take the Cedar Rapids School District as an ... »

A major milestone for Eastern Iowa Airport

It may have looked risky at the time, but 30-plus years later, it seems that forward-thinking investment has paid off.

We’re talking a ... »

Let the people use athletic fields

As more money and emphasis are placed on high school sports and facilities, some school districts in the Corridor have started limiting access to t ... »

Standards for private security guards

The shooting death of a young woman employed at a Coralville mall serves as a stark example to Iowans that state rules governing private security g ... »

Legislative tax talk raises concerns

It’s been just a couple of weeks since the Iowa Legislature adjourned its 2015 session, which ran more than a month into overtime. It was a ... »

Wanted: More mental health providers for rural Iowa

Sustaining necessary mental health services in our rural areas isn’t a new challenge. But it’s one that deserves renewed attention, e ... »

EPC should reject topsoil change

Iowa’s Environmental Protection Commission is scheduled to vote this morning on a proposal to erase a state rule requiring builders to retur ... »

The power of collaborative rural development partnerships

A simple question, posed nearly two decades ago, started it all.

George Lake, serving as director of a then-newly established Buchanan ... »

Cautious optimism for city retail push

After years of focusing much of their economic development energy recruiting traditional targets, manufacturing, high-tech, financial services and ... »

Body cameras are only part of the picture

The Iowa City Police Department soon will join other law enforcement agencies in the area and around the country using body cameras — new vi ... »

Revamping regents funding can wait

The only thing worse than the uncertainty caused by Legislators leaving unfinished a proposed revamp of higher education funding would be passing a ... »

Soil, water are unfinished businesss

The end of any Iowa legislative session brings a flurry of list-making. Winners and losers. Alive and dead. Accomplishments and failures.

Bu ... »

Step up to fill the gap left by CCIA

When Gary Hinzman founded the non-profit Community Corrections Improvement Association in 1991, the goal was to create community programs that woul ... »