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Change a life, be a foster parent

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The opportunity of being foster parent is to change a child’s life and change the way that they see life. It is to learn the new opportunity they have in this world - not to replace the people that have failed them but to be there and love them through their worst times and good times; mostly ...

Happy 30th birthday, ADA. What’s next?

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) celebrated its 30th birthday this July. Three decades ago, the ADA represented a huge step forward for the rights of people with disabilities. In 2020, I think it’s time to advance even further. The ADA offers people with disabilities the right to ...

Ernst and Grassley should boost SNAP

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Iowans have been hit hard by COVID-19 and the deepest economic downturn since the Great Depression. Thousands of Iowans have lost their jobs and are struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table. Months into this pandemic, about 134,000 Iowa households — including 98,000 children ...

Ragin’ contagion

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Covid 2.0 — Curt may have jinxed himself by bringing it into the house. Ironically, I may have brought this on myself. Being an artist, I see beauty in a lot of odd places. I couldn’t help but admire the beauty of the novel coronavirus. Dangerous objects are often beautiful. For example, ...

Vote in person Nov. 3

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I completed and returned the U.S. Census 2020 information by mail many months ago. In fact, I returned it by mail just two days after I received it. I even watched my mail carrier collect the completed form from my mailbox. Since then, I have received more than seven notices by mail saying I ...

Teach anti-racism in schools. It’s worth it.

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Relics of America’s harrowing past are facing new scrutiny, and rightfully so. Statues are falling. NFL teams are renaming themselves. Even syrup brands are being discontinued. Some critics worry that we’ll “forget our history” if we remove these racist symbols. But here’s a better ...

The private space race

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This week, American astronauts returned to earth. Their trip to the space station was the first manned launch from the U.S. in 10 years. By NASA? No. Of course, not. This space flight happened because government was not in charge. An Obama administration committee had concluded that ...

It’s time to streamline top-heavy universities

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Even before coronavirus hit American colleges and universities, even before their budgets imploded because of the pandemic, questions were being asked nationally about how these institutions spend their money. Some high-profile decisions by University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld have put ...

For John Lewis, we will carry on

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The first time I met John Lewis, in 2003, it was as the new girlfriend of his colleague in the House of Representatives. He had just sat down at his assigned seat in a room full of dinner tables, but as soon as he saw Sherrod and me walking toward him, John stood up and pulled me into a hug. ...

People are dying in US prisons, and not just from COVID-19

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Randall Jordan-Aparo, Darren Rainey and Latandra Ellington are not household names. But like Michael Brown, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, they were killed by law enforcement officers. Not police officers, but corrections officers. No dataset tracks the number of people in prison who die at ...

If unborn lives don’t matter, no lives matter

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For years, pro-life activists — including and especially African Americans involved in the pro-life cause — have called attention to Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, and her deeply racist views. Sanger was an unabashed eugenicist who believed that entire races and classes of ...

Wearing a mask sign of respect

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The “Greatest Generation” endured hardships that are unfathomable to Americans today - 675,00 Americans were lost during the Spanish flu pandemic which began during 1918. Shortly thereafter, the Great Depression was followed by World War 2. During that war more than 400,000 American ...

Reed will be huge asset for Marshall County

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As a state a in this area, I’ve worked with Tony Reed over the last few years in his role as executive director of the Central Iowa Juvenile Detention Center. I’ve found Tony to be a great person to work with. Tony’s work at the detention center has made him very knowledgeable in many ...

We request inclusive curricula at East Marshall

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We, as East Marshall Alumni, current students, parents, and faculty respectfully write to ask East Marshall CSD to take action. We request that East Marshall CSD craft a comprehensive elementary, middle and high school curricula inclusive of Black history and, specifically, a curriculum that ...

Be sure to vote in person

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I completed and returned the U.S. Census 2020 information by mail many months ago. In fact, I returned it by mail just two days after I received it. I even watched my mail carrier collect the completed form from my mailbox. Since then, I have received more than seven notices by mail saying I ...

Iowa’s ag community, clean energy workers count on Congress

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Iowa’s farmers and agricultural communities and the clean energy industry have all been devastated by the COVID-19 shutdown. We need some real leadership in Washington if we are going to get clean energy workers back to work while supporting the economic recovery for agricultural producers as ...

Tassel hassle

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My only goal was to keep up with Ray in the row beside me and not fall behind. The corn leaves sliced across my face, arms and legs. Foolishly, I had on a short sleeved shirt and shorts. Ray on the other hand had every inch of skin covered, save for his face and even there he had a net to pull ...

The Constitution doesn’t have a problem with mask mandates

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Many public health professionals and politicians are urging or requiring citizens to wear face masks to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Some Americans have refused, wrongly claiming mask decrees violate the Constitution. An internet search turns up dozens of examples. “Costco ...

Now is the time for free college

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After graduating from college last year, Hayat Rahmeto moved back in with her parents and planned to work two jobs to save money for law school. Then the pandemic hit. She lost one job, with Delta Airlines, and the prospects for finding another were bleak. Fortunately, with her parents ...