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Healthcare woes reach Iowa

Huge changes in our nation’s health insurance system were enacted when Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act — popularly known as Obamacare. From the beginning, this legislation has been strongly opposed by virtually all Republican federal ...

Time to submit your nominations

Iowans have long understood the importance of soil and water conservation. Farmers who employ appropriate techniques for cultivating their land help preserve these crucial resources and thereby make a vital contribution to the long-term viability of the Hawkeye State’s agricultural ...

Honoring Gold Star families

The sacrifices made by those who serve in our nation’s armed forces are many. Unfortunately, some of these heroes must lay down their lives so that the American way of life can be preserved. These fallen men and women leave behind family members who must face the remainder of their lives ...

Support aid to survivors of fallen public safety officers

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley has a long record of working hard to make sure that federal government programs accomplish the purposes for which they were created. The Iowa Republican is among the Senate’s most diligent watchdogs of bureaucrats at work. He has made it central to his mission in ...

Vital flow of information is threatened

Once a year, all local governments in Iowa are required to publish a public notice in a newspaper listing the salaries of every one of their employees. Anyone who thinks public notices aren’t important or aren’t read by the average Iowan should visit their local coffee shop the day that ...

Don’t shortchange the public’s right to know

A resident of a town in western Iowa recently contacted the Iowa Public Information Board staff with a complaint about a local government’s agendas and minutes. A formal complaint was avoided, however, after the Public Information Board staff advised the local government on preparing proper ...

Corn still fuels Iowa’s economy

Corn production has been a key factor in the Iowa economy for more than 150 years. The state’s 21st-century economy is characterized by increasing diversity. Agriculture isn’t as dominant as once was the case. Even so, there can be little doubt that corn remains of critical importance. ...

Iowa’s rural economy remains strong

In the 21st century, Iowa’s economy is becoming more diversified. By any measure, however, the agricultural sector is at the heart of what keeps the Hawkeye State prosperous. Just before Christmas, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey released a detailed analysis of how agriculture in ...

Branstad announces final agenda

Gov. Terry Branstad announced (Jan 10) in his Condition of the State address - delivered at a joint session of the Legislature — a sensible plan of action for 2107. The governor's vision for the year ahead and beyond gives a high priority to: A budget that is balanced, stable and stays ...

Iowa’s loss is a plus for the nation

President-elect Donald Trump vowed during the campaign that his administration would make closing the U.S. trade deficit with China a top priority. He addressed that promise head-on Wednesday by selecting Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad as his choice for U.S. ambassador to China. Why ...

Offering our thanks at Thanksgiving

There’s a lot to be thankful for this holiday and so we asked members of the Times-Republican staff to share their blessings with our readers. Here are some of their responses: As Thanksgiving Day approaches, most of us take time to reflect on all for which we are thankful. It’s too ...

Branstad has an opportunity

Six years ago, Iowa voters brought Terry Branstad, then already a four-term former governor, out of retirement because the Hawkeye State faced woes so severe that a proven leader was needed in the governor's chair. The record of Branstad's fifth and sixth terms has proven that decision to ...

Conservation ensures a bright future

From the time the first European settlers made Iowa their home, the state’s rich, productive farmland has been at the heart of the state’s economy. Iowans have long understood that preserving the state’s soil and water resources is vital if agriculture is to remain a viable pursuit. The ...

Pay honor to our veterans

More than nine decades have passed since the guns fell silent in the war then known as the Great War — the one we now call World War I. It was late morning in France when the armistice ending that conflagration took effect. All those years ago, many Europeans and Americans expected the ...

Keep good judges on the bench

Don't fail to do your part in keeping courts first-rate "Iowa's judiciary is recognized as among the best in the nation. In surveys conducted for the United States Chamber of Commerce, our state judiciary has consistently ranked among the top five state court systems in terms of impartiality ...

Rod Blum deserves another term in Congress

Most Iowans feel Congress is broken and desperately needs fixing.Talk to just about any voter and they will cite some of these most commonly heard reasons they feel this way - partisanship is at an all-time high and Congress is out of touch with the average person.However, Rod Blum has not only ...

Grassley is a keeper

Some politicians go to Washington and forget the folks back home except when elections are near. Sen. Charles Grassley, Iowa's senior United States senator, isn't one of them. He has a well-deserved reputation as a public servant who keeps in close touch with his constituents. His annual visits ...

October is Co-op Month across U.S.

There are various types of businesses that operate as cooperatives, but according to the National Cooperative Business Association they all are owned and democratically controlled by their members and are designed to serve those members. The members typically are the people who "use the co-op's ...

It’s harvest time once again in Iowa

Since human beings first learned to cultivate the soil, harvest time has had extraordinary significance. In earlier centuries, good crops meant prosperity and security. They signaled that the winter months just ahead could be faced without fear of starvation.In 21st-century Iowa, harvest season ...

It’s harvest time once again in Iowa

Since human beings first learned to cultivate the soil, harvest time has had extraordinary significance. In earlier centuries, good crops meant prosperity and security. They signaled that the winter months just ahead could be faced without fear of starvation.In 21st-century Iowa, harvest season ...