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Castro critiques Obama’s recent visit to Cuba

April 1, 2016 Lest anyone forget the regime President Barack Obama flirted with in Cuba last week, that nation’s former ruler Fidel Castro penned a mocking response to Obama’s visit and speeches, which was... more »»

Sunshine Week is an important reminder

March 21, 2016 Democracy functions best when the public has access to detailed information about what government officials do and why they do it. Iowa and most other states have what are called "sunshine" laws. more »»

Congress holding hearings on Flint River water crisis

March 18, 2016 Start building a new home on a tract of marshy land, and the U.S. more »»

Realistic response needed for North Korea

March 14, 2016 U.S. officials cannot say — or at least, will not — whether North Korea has managed to miniaturize nuclear weapons enough to use them as missile warheads. more »»

Nancy Reagan, an influential first lady, advisor

March 11, 2016 During the first half of the nation’s history, wives of our presidents received little public credit or even notice for their behind-the-scenes involvement in public affairs. more »»

When premonitions become a reality

March 9, 2016 Were he alive today, former President Dwight Eisenhower would be angry about a report this week that some Navy SEALs have to share rifle. more »»

Maintenance might have prevented costly repairs

March 7, 2016 Sometime within the next five years, taxpayers probably will have to find $250 million to replace a key bridge at Washington, D.C. more »»

Safeguarding free, vigorous press is critical

March 2, 2016 No doubt many politicians, both Republican and Democrat, cheered Donald Trump silently for a comment he made last week. more »»

Allies must be able to depend on U.S.

February 29, 2016 If as many as 200 U.S. troops were killed in a terrorist attack, Americans would demand to know how it could have happened. more »»

Time, due diligence needed in manager search

February 24, 2016 The City Council is starting the process of searching for a new City Manager to replace the departing Ed Sadler. more »»

Finkenauer tempest: Let’s move on

February 22, 2016 Some Iowans recently got after Abby Finkenauer, the freshman state representative from Dubuque, for taking a job last fall with Make It Work, a nonprofit group advocating for such issues as paid... more »»

Wait for investigations to determine motive

February 19, 2016 Offenses against Muslims in the United States seem to be automatically labeled as “hate crimes” by federal officials. more »»

Time to retire ‘quaint’ Dem caucus

February 17, 2016 It's quaint. It's cute. It's inefficient. It's time for the Democratic Party's caucus process to die. Much was made following the Feb. more »»

Voters should give Kasich another look

February 15, 2016 With the pace of Republican decision-making about a nominee for president picking up, the direction of the process may be taking a good, much-needed turn. Ohio Gov. more »»

NK situation should be viewed as crisis

February 12, 2016 Any nuclear war, even if it involves a limited exchange of, say, 10 warheads on both sides, would be a terrible thin. more »»

Make police body cam videos public

February 10, 2016 The promise of body cameras is faltering in Iowa, under the weight of secrecy and self-preservation. more »»

Blame game in full swing in Flint

February 8, 2016 The blame game was in full swing this week as Congress held hearings on the Flint, Mich., water fiasco. more »»

Elected officials just don’t seem to get it

February 5, 2016 Spending by Americans was flat in December, but they socked money away in savings accounts at the highest rate in three years, the Commerce Department reported this week. more »»

Fund anti-bullying, remedial reading programs

February 3, 2016 It's the kind of thing that will make you shake your head and wonder just what's going on in Iowa government these days. more »»

Decision time is here for Iowans

February 1, 2016 Today, Iowans have an important choice to make. We will gather together in schools, churches, and other locations to select our nominees for president. more »»



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