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ON THE SIDELINES: The University of Iowa Department of Public Safety reports 20 arrests were made on Iowa-Iowa State gameday, and 20 citations were issued. Nineteen of the arrests were for public intoxication, a [...]

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READ ALL ABOUT IT: Books set in Iowa by authors Marilynne Robinson and Jane Smiley are among 10 nominees announced for the fiction longlist of the National Book Awards. Robinson was nominated for “Lila,&# [...]

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The broader crisis: Ineffective immigration policies impact everyone

There always seems to be a perfectly good reason for not fixing our nation’s broken immigration system. Too often, however, such reasons revolve around politics and what might sway the next election and the balance of power in Washington. < [...]

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Skywalks jeopardizing trail progress

If a long overdue effort to finally complete a trails network in the Cedar Rapids metro area gets scrapped, you can blame the skywalk.

Federal and state transportation officials have blown the whistle on efforts by Cedar Rapids to use its ma [...]

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A sliver delivers for PPEL

Last week’s Cedar Rapids School District vote on raising the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy, or PPEL, provides fresh evidence that voting matters, and individual votes can make a difference.

When the dust settled and the vote was c [...]

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Regents funding needs review now

Before Iowa lawmakers give a nod to the Iowa Regents’ request for $12.9 million supplemental funding, a task force should be implemented to further study the whole of a new state funding model.

Regent President Bruce Rastetter confir [...]

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PASS UP THE SALT: Iowa school districts are years ahead of a national mandate to reduce sodium content of school meals. About 90 percent of school-aged children have diets that include too much sodium, which is a leading contributor to heart disea [...]

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ENDING IT ALL: At least 445 Iowans took their own lives in 2013, making suicide the second-leading cause of death for state residents between the ages of 15 and 44, and the third-leading cause for residents aged [...]

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Making a profit on safety

The long road leading to the current dust-up over Cedar Rapids’ automated traffic enforcement cameras actually started in Davenport in 2006. It was St. Patrick’s Day, but Thomas Seymour didn’t have the luck of the Irish.

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Trade tired attacks for an actual plan

Anyone hoping the 2014 election would yield some concrete, politically courageous plans for saving Social Security must be deeply disappointed by Iowa’s U.S. Senate race. Courage is in short supply.

But predictable, tired attacks are [...]

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Running toward Trashmore’s future

Mount Trashmore was a destination for our garbage for more than 40 years, including countless heartbreaking hauls of flood debris from 2008 to 2012. There’s 6.4 million tons of refuse in that 208-foot high hill towering over Cedar Rapids&#x [...]

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Awareness needed in synthetic fight

Relying on a morals ordinance to combat the influx of dangerous synthetic chemicals isn’t ideal, but we agree it may currently be the best option for Iowa communities.

The Cedar Rapids City Council voted to give law enforcement the o [...]

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CAMP CLOSING: It seems this was the last summer season for Camp Hitaga near Walker. The council that oversees the camp announced it will sell the property due to low attendance and increasing costs.

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OVERPAID: A special invest [...]

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PAYMENT RECEIVED: The City of Cedar Rapids received the first installment of $263 million in state funds that have been allocated for flood-protection systems. The $1.5 million will go into a special revenue fund, city officials say. They expect q [...]

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Approve the PPEL measure Tuesday

On Tuesday, the Cedar Rapids School District will take another crack at convincing local voters to approve an increased Physical Plant and Equipment Levy, or PPEL.

A year ago, we supported a similar PPEL plan. Unfortunately, a majority of th [...]

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