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Opinion

The international anti-woke backlash

Columnists

This week, Italy prepared to welcome a new prime minister: 45-year-old Giorgia Meloni, leader of the right-wing Brothers of Italy party since 2014. Meloni is a populist conservative on issues ranging from marriage to immigration; she is a nationalist by philosophy and combatively passionate by ...

Are you ‘looked down upon’? Do you care?

Columnists

It’s a commonplace gripe in Trump world and aligned planets that “elites look down on me.” The elites are usually described as college-educated liberals living in big cities. The complainers are not always wrong, but they exaggerate how much their alleged “betters” are even thinking ...

Iowa’s teacher shortage is impacting our students and teachers

Columnists

School districts across the country are facing a shortage of teachers and other positions in K-12 education such as paraeducators, bus drivers and substitutes. As students head back to school this fall, it’s estimated that the U.S. is short over 300,000 people to fill critically important ...

Census data proves anti-poverty measures work

Columnists

The U.S. Census Bureau recently reported that poverty dropped notably in 2021. Amid a pandemic and widespread economic pain, this is a significant accomplishment. There are three lessons here — about government programs, about how we measure poverty, and about how far we have left to ...

Republican teenager murdered, media yawn

Columnists

Along time ago, when Air Supply and Toto were in heavy rotation on the radio, I was an 18-year-old Midwestern Republican kid in braces. So, I was especially outraged when news emerged from tiny McHenry, North Dakota, that 18-year-old Republican kid in braces Cayler Ellingson was run over and ...