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The Authoritarian Left is on the march

This week, Democratic Reps. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., and Jerry McNerny, D-N.J., sent out a series of letters to America’s largest communications corporations: AT&T, Alphabet Inc., Cox Communications, Dish Network, Comcast, Apple, Amazon and others. Their letters demanded answers from these ...

Where were you when…?

There have been three major “Where were you whens...” in my life. I was born in 1948, making me 72 years young. The first, “Where were you when...,” happened while I was a sophomore in high school in Monroe, Iowa. The date was, November 22, 1963. President John F. Kennedy was ...

What the Texas deep freeze revealed

So, in my area of central Texas, such efficient, enterprising farms as Boggy Creek, Eden East, Green Gate and Hat & Heart had row after row of veggies turn to greenish-black glop by the killer storm. Through no fault of their own, they lost the money they invested to produce those crops, ...

Reparations don’t buy justice, dignity or freedom

The issue of reparations to Black Americans as payment for damage done as a result of years of legal slavery and subsequent discrimination is back on the table. The House Judiciary Committee just held hearings on H.R. 40, which would establish a commission to look into ways in which African ...

Celebrate our caregivers

Ensuring a high level of patient care is a talent and a skill. Nurses spend hours with individual patients as they are going through their most vulnerable times. Often nurses and caregivers spend more time by a patient’s side than their own families. These dedicated health care professionals ...

GOP believes in Trump, not America

Apparently, Adam Kinzinger’s family hates him now. Alexander Hamilton would not be surprised. Like many in the generation of America’s founding, he saw political parties as something that “grows naturally out of the rival passions of Men” — but also as a threat to national cohesion. ...

Education won’t stop conspiracy theories

Conspiracy theories like QAnon are outlandish, dangerous, and often absurd. So why do people believe them? Some say it’s a lack of education. “They can do QAnon, or they can do college-educated voters,” Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) said about Republicans. “They cannot do ...

Legislature tackles welfare, voter fraud

Last week was the sixth week of the 2021 legislative session. The Senate passed several bills during the week, discussing a number of topics such as education funding, increasing flexibility of continuing education requirements, and the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Senate File ...

The risk of freedom or the bondage of security?

Are we Americans supposed to fold and adopt the safe doctrine of economic complacency or wholeheartedly embrace growth? When will we learn that attaining success carries risk — and that to grow we must embrace it? This is not a pro-debt article, consider that when investing on credit, payback ...

In-person learning will determine funding

On Tuesday and Wednesday, there were more than 36 bills debated and passed in the Iowa House that were supported by nearly all of the House members. Many of these bills clarify language or help specific groups or events such as clarifying the title of music therapist or providing notification ...

Pledge of Allegiance required by legislation

This week the House passed House File 415 which requires each classroom in public schools and accredited private schools to recite the Pledge of Allegiance each day and to display the USA flag during the recitation. The bill includes protections for those with religious objections by a student ...

It’s time to uncancel Americans

This week, actress Gina Carano made headlines when Disney+ and Lucasfilm decided to cancel her from their hit series “The Mandalorian” over controversial social media posts. It is perfectly obvious that the corporations had been looking for an excuse to get rid of Carano thanks to her ...

The story of ‘My Kitten’

I’ve always believed in God. It’s the way I was raised. Oh, there have been times, like when I was a teenager and questioning everything, that I had some doubts. What puzzled me, and still does, actually, is the phenomenon that the Hubble Telescope can view the expanding (and ...

Quit criminalizing poverty

An Ohio mom has been arrested for leaving her kids, a 10-year-old and a 2-year-old, in a motel room while she worked her shift at a pizza shop. A tip to the police led officers to a Motel Six in Youngstown at about 6:15 p.m. on Thursday night. The 10-year-old explained that her mom was ...

Racist attitudes emerge after tragic death in Marshalltown

Marshalltown absorbed another horrible blow this week. The shooting death of Michael West is a senseless tragedy. The randomness of this crime is difficult to comprehend. Marshalltown is, at the end of the day, a small town. When things like this happen, they happen to all of us. We are all ...

Reynolds’ shifting views on personal choice could give Iowans whiplash

Gov. Kim Reynolds’ message for Iowans has been consistent since the coronavirus pandemic arrived a year ago: Yes, wearing masks is important, the governor has made clear, but government should leave it to people to do right thing. Reynolds has been under intense pressure, both for and ...

There is a new family friendly resource

Today’s friendly family resource information is brought to you by the letters S, I, C and F. A new resource called Sesame Street in Communities is free — available to parents, caregivers, community partners...or everyone in your neighborhood. Let’s learn more. Sesame Street in ...

They’re not dead — typewriters live on in today’s world

While cleaning out the garage of an elderly friend who died recently, what did I find under a pile of 1967 Playboys but a typewriter. It wasn’t just any typewriter but a vintage IBM Selectric II. I moved all 37 pounds of it to the trunk of my car. There’s a scene in “Mad Men” where a ...

More must be done to make child care affordable

When I first moved to Iowa, I had four children ages 5 and under. The thought of getting a job, much less finding childcare for my small children was overwhelming. I became a registered child care provider. I was able to stay at home with my children and care for additional children in my home ...

Affordable and accessible childcare for Iowans

House Republicans have worked hard to make childcare more affordable and accessible to Iowans. It is the hope of our caucus that the proposals we move forward will provide relief to the problems parents are facing across the state. We also hope that by addressing this issue, holes that ...