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Privatizing mortgage giant has risks

Let’s say you decide to go into business for yourself. You’ve always wanted to be a home construction contractor. Why not? Credit could be a problem. Even if you have socked aside enough to build a few “spec” houses, how will you operate while you wait for them to sell? You’ll need ...

Nothing compares to the Iowa State Fair

This week Iowans kicked off what may well be the grandest of our nation’s state agricultural festivities — the Iowa State Fair. Iowans gathered in Fairfield for the first state fair in 1854 — just eight years after achieving statehood. That fair boasted an attendance of about 8,000. In ...

Life jackets save lives

During the long, hot days of summer, Iowans often turn to rivers and lakes for some fun ways to cool off. Heading out on the water in a boat, canoe, kayak or even just an inner tube is a good way to relax. And if common sense and a life jacket are used, it’s generally pretty safe, ...

Weapons of the weak

As I navigate life as a queer disabled woman, I frequently think of Yale political scientist James C. Scott’s concept of the “weapons of the weak.” Scott poses that while we usually think of resistance as overt, organized protests or rebellions, marginalized people often resist in more ...

Input from public should be key part of medical cannabis discussion

We do not quarrel with the decision on Thursday by majority Republican leaders in the Iowa Legislature to not put the state’s medical cannabis program on the agenda for interim study committees this year. That they pledged to put the issue “at the forefront of the 2020 legislative ...

We will recover if we are Marshalltown Strong

Editor’s note: A version of this Our View originally ran on July 29, 2018. Its message was as true today as it was then. Together we can rebuild. July 19, 2018 will be a day for the Marshalltown history books. On that day, an EF-3 tornado destroyed some of the most important parts of our ...