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Domestic violence in Marshalltown

October is Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention month. Domestic violence is an issue that can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, gender identity, economic status or sexual orientation. It affects people from all walks of life and can manifest in a variety of different ways. Domestic ...

You can starve an ideal only so long before you kill it

Those pictures are traumatizing. That’s because they contain so much more than what’s in them, so much more than horse-mounted U.S. Border Patrol agents at the Rio Grande in Texas, running down and flogging would-be Haitian immigrants. No, those pictures contain George Floyd and forced ...

Will Iowa keep its proud tradition of fair, nonpartisan redistricting?

Iowa’s nonpartisan redistricting process has long been held up as a model for the country, even though most other states have shown little interest in adopting it. This year, Iowa’s much-heralded but little-emulated process is proceeding under two sets of unusual circumstances. The first, ...

The Old Thresher’s Steam Whistle: Four Generations of Dewees

It started in the fifties when H.D. Dewees, a farmer from Marion, Iowa, was on a trip to Florida. On the way home he went by a Navy shipyard and, unable to contain his interest in machinery and all the activity, stopped for a tour. It just so happened that a big steam ship, known as a Liberty ...

E-cig regulations threaten industry

Electronic cigarettes, which deliver nicotine without tobacco or combustion, are the most important harm-reducing alternative to smoking ever developed. Yet bureaucrats and politicians seem determined to negate that historic opportunity through regulations and taxes that threaten to cripple the ...

We should look back for our future

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance,” the old bumper sticker says. Yet for decades, lawmakers have flaunted their ignorance of what makes a good society by shortchanging our investment in our youngest minds. Policymakers have intentionally rigged our economic and political ...