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Opinion

Specially Designed Instruction: What it means for my student

Columnists

Central Rivers Area Education Agency (CRAEA) is working in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Education to improve our special education outcomes for students. One part of this work is an approach called “Specially Designed Instruction” or SDI which means adapting the content, ...

The inequality of ‘equity’

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President Joe Biden took office pledging a return to unity and decency. A new era of good feelings is at hand, we were informed by both his administration and its sycophants in the media. A new world — a world of “equity” — is at hand. Equity, you see, is the word of the day. Not ...

Please keep children safe in cars in winter

Columnists

Iowa has been frigid lately. We can all agree on that. Parents naturally want to bundle up their children before heading outside. However, there are hidden dangers when bundling up children before putting them into a car seat. The danger If a vehicle crash were to occur, all the ...

What we owe our college students

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Two weeks into spring semester at the University of Florida, groups of unmasked college students — 30 or more at a time, many hollering as they partied — stood in lines to enter bars and clubs in Gainesville. Photos in The Gainesville Sun showed them standing elbow to elbow, ear to ear. ...

Work continues at the Capitol

Columnists

Work continues in all committees, and on the floor of the House. We have taken up several key pieces of legislation on the floor early, a departure from my experience in the past. On Wednesday the House passed HJR 5, the amendment to the Iowa Constitution that corrects the Iowa Supreme Courts ...

Do not ignore factory farm abuse

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hysical torture of animals in Iowa’s industrial confined animal buildings has been reported and ignored in our supposedly humane state. This involves chickens, turkeys, cattle and in the largest part, pigs, who are known to have mental and emotional capacities at or above that of our beloved ...

Where is the COVID relief?

Columnists

There was a great deal of activity at the Capitol this week. We had lengthy debates and voted on two constitutional amendments that will not go on the ballot until at least 2022 and 2024. We also debated and voted to send schools back to face-to-face learning in the next two weeks without any ...

Grassley runs mouth

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Eighty-seven-year-old Chuck Grassley works? He is against raising the minimum wage but he also gets over $100,000 a year for running his mouth on the Senate floor. Let’s see these Congressman and Senators work for $10 an hour and have to use a time card for their work.

Essential workers take the risk, CEOs take the reward

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Every week, millions of us walk into a Walgreens drugstore without giving it a second thought. Maybe we should. Walgreens perfectly encapsulates the long-term economic trends of the Trump years: top corporate executives pocketing immense paychecks at the expense of their workers. At ...

A new season for community college athletics

Columnists

During “normal” years, the sounds of volleyballs whizzing over the net and soccer balls sailing across the field are the definitive signal that fall has arrived. With that, you can be sure that fall classes are about to start. Likewise, the sound of basketballs in the gymnasium signaled the ...

Biden needs to set even more ambitious vaccination goals

Columnists

We are far from the destination, but the return to normalcy has begun — and so have the normal games presidents play. Donald Trump said many times that COVID-19 would just “disappear,” as if it were so much fake news ginned up to help Democrats. At one campaign stop, he railed, ...

Get ready for fights over criminal justice reform

Columnists

In the brand-new year ahead, get ready for some brand-new moves to change the nation’s criminal justice system as we know it. In some states, it’s already happening. You’ll hear about several proposals in the coming months. Among them: Cut the U.S. prison population by more than half; ...

Work together to strengthen families

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In response to JIm Lamb’s letter that appeared in the Times-Republican on Jan. 27, I too ask for a plea for empathy. As a person who believes in the value of every life, it is easy for me to empathize with anti-abortion activitists. But I do not support a return to the criminalization of ...

Mistaken identity

Columnists

Iused to go on long runs on Sunday mornings. This was when we lived in Windsor, Colorado. I’d start off from our front porch and run east and north on the highways to Severance, population 325 and home of Bruce’s Bar (another story), then back west and south for home, jiggity jog. It was ...

America no longer lives in an unpresidented time

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And so we reach the end of an unpresidented era. The reference is, of course, to one of Donald Trump’s many Twitter misspellings, this one found in his 2016 description of the seizure of a US. navy drone. He meant to call it “unprecedented.” But Trump’s mistake gave us a coinage ...

Do not penalize Marshall County Sheriff’s Office

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Iread the recent article in the Times-Republican that explained the county will be facing a million budget shortfall due to repairs in the courthouse and due to lower revenue coming into the Marshall County Jail because COVID has reduced the inmate population. I was surprised to see the board ...

Biden’s heartfelt appeal for unity likely to be unavailing

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“We must end this uncivil war,” Joe Biden proclaimed shortly after he became the 46th president on Wednesday. Hours earlier, in his last moments as the 45th president, Donald Trump extended “best wishes” to the “new administration.” Graceful words, but accompanied by sharp and, in ...

A plea for empathy

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Empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within their frame of reference, that is, the capacity to place oneself in another’s position. COVID-19 teaches empathy. We need not go far to place oneself in another’s position. We or someone we ...

We have our marching orders

Columnists

Finally, we have a new president. Many of us are feeling a lot of excitement, buttressed by wave after wave of relief. We are a nation of survivors. On Inauguration Day, I felt hopeful watching Joe Biden and Kamala Harris take their oaths of office. They appeared to understand what we were ...