Biden needs a safe choice for VP


Political pledges often cause headaches. On election night in 1904, President Theodore Roosevelt told reporters, “Under no circumstances will I be a candidate for or accept another nomination.” He regretted it almost immediately. Later, he would say, “I would be willing to cut off my hand ...

What risk level should we accept?

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President Trump, interestingly, decided it’s too dangerous to have a Republican National Convention but it should be mandatory that all schools — except his son’s — reopen under the threat of losing federal funds. In justifying his position, he said, “Children are almost immune,” ...

The missing group of voters in 2020


Political polls elicit predictable reactions from the candidates being polled. The campaign of the candidate trailing in the poll almost invariably invokes history: “I, for one, am grateful that Christopher Columbus didn’t take a poll before he bravely sailed off in search of a New World. ...

Work together to make Boone better

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I’m A’Ja Lyons, a Black Boone resident and one of the lead organizers of the Boone Black Lives Matter march. Boone County and Story County friends and neighbors came in droves to show that Black lives will matter in Boone. There were negative reactions, but the love shown has been louder ...

Tax increment financing has improved Marshalltown


Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is an economic development tool allowing public and private partnerships to help pay costs of infrastructure improvements and offer incentive for private investment. This investment leads to additional job creation and retention, new property and sales tax revenue ...