Staff Editorials

Loebsack has earned another term, could do more for Iowa

The 24-county area that now comprises Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District has been well served by mild-mannered Dave Loebsack. Given his continued history of working on behalf of constituents and bipartisanship, we can find no impetus for cha [...]

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Bruce Braley is best choice for U.S. Senate

For nearly 30 years, Iowa has been represented in the U.S. Senate by Tom Harkin, a liberal Democrat, and Chuck Grassley, a conservative Republican.

Looking in from the outside, that may seem odd. How can one state elect two senators with suc [...]

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Rod Blum is best suited to find bipartisan solutions

Despite polls indicating Americans and Iowans are fed up with Congressional stalemates, primary voters saw fit to place two very partisan individuals on the November ballot.

Pat Murphy is quite well known after two decades in the Iowa Legis [...]

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State should comply with federal law

Any time reports surface of state government failing to serve the needs of our most vulnerable citizens, we should all be alarmed. And that’s clearly the case with allegations raised by Disability Rights Iowa about the care of mentally ill [...]

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Our picks for Johnson Co. Supervisors

Residents of Johnson County can rest assured that three outstanding individuals are on the ballot to fill two seats on the Board of Supervisors. Deciding among them has not been an easy task, but we feel the two incumbents have earned repeat tenur [...]

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Courthouse annex worthy of support

There are many reasons previous bond issues in Johnson County have fallen shy of the supermajority needed.

In crafting the latest $33.4 million courthouse annex proposal, county leaders have gone above and beyond to address voters’ c [...]

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Gomers

POT HOAX: Posters in the windows of a shuttered Cedar Rapids storefront, proclaiming a marijuana dispensary would soon open at the site, were a guerilla marketing hoax. Property owner John Wasta removed the ads [...]

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Homers

LUCKY BUCK: Three Iowans rescued a 10-point buck from a sinkhole near Decorah. After freeing a tractor from the sinkhole, a local farmer and his neighbor looked down to see the deer below. The animal “app [...]

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This time’s the charm?

In the past two years, Johnson County voters have rejected two proposed bonds for courthouse expansion and jail construction. This November, as Iowans tread water in a sea of national political attack ads, county officials hope local residents are [...]

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Some still skeptical of revised courthouse plan

The vocal Johnson County majority that rallied against two previous bond issues for courthouse expansion and jail construction understand the proposal before voters this November does not include a new jail, but aren’t convinced their previ [...]

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Wal-Mart plan isn’t a good fit

So far, it seems, Cedar Rapids city leaders aren’t buying Wal-Mart’s preliminary bid to put a supercenter on the city’s southeast side.

It’s still very early. Wal-Mart has submitted only a concept plan to city sta [...]

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Nation deserves better from SCOTUS

While content with the ultimate outcome of the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to hear a marriage case from any one of five pending states, we believe the High Court was wrong to punt.

Iowa was the third state to strike down a ban on sam [...]

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E-cig regulation needs science base

Until science has proved e-cigarettes are a significant danger to their users or, more importantly, are a threat to nonusers inhaling the vapor, we believe local and state regulators should stand down.

E-cigarettes, patented by a Chinese ph [...]

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Homers

POINTED DONUT: A video circulated by the West Des Moines Police Department’s Community Education and Outreach Unit has earned some chuckles while educating drivers on the law requiring drivers to pass sta [...]

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Gomers

BAD CHOICE: An Iowa woman well known for military advocacy has said in documents released as part of a state audit report that she embezzled more than $275,000 in taxpayer funds. Jessica Strasser, wife to Guards [...]

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