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'Food as a weapon in trade disputes is a grave concern'

The White House announced June 15 that it’s moving forward with 25-percent tariffs on up to $50 billion of Chinese products imported into the U.S. more

Honor the sacrifices of the 'Greatest Generation'

I was born into a world at war. My dad, a young husband in his early 20s and father of two toddlers, served in the Navy during World War II. My mother, a young wife in her early 20s, served on the home front. She took care of my brother and me and worked at the Farmall Works, joining thousands of “Rosie the Riveters” working in factories to supply the war effort.  more

Lessons from my father

Herb Carlson was a blessing; he was a curse! more

Restating our support for renewable fuels

Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement May 10 in response to reports that President Trump reiterated his commitment to allowing year-round sales of fuel composed of 15 percent ethanol, instead of the 10 percent that is currently blended in the supply. more

Nothing good comes from a trade war

One of President Ronald Reagan’s (1981-1989) favorite political sayings came from a song popular in his youth: “Dance with the one that brung ya.” more

Farm bill 'a partisan food fight'

Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement May 18 after House Republicans failed to push their partisan farm bill through the House. This legislation fails to address falling farm income, eliminates the energy title, which includes the popular Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), eliminates the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), and eliminates important crop insurance and risk management education efforts. Additionally, the bill cuts billions of dollars in food assistance for millions of children, seniors and veterans. more

Looking out for Iowans after the session

The 2018 legislative session wrapped up on May 5. I have been listening to folks in my district who are looking for real solutions to real problems. With a few exceptions, this year’s session fell short on those solutions, and Iowans are already feeling the consequences. more

'Get up and keep going' – Ed White kindergarteners share wisdom with Quad-Cities' Big Table talks

"Thank you for this great opportunity and inspiring many in our community to have their voice heard ..." more

School Board Recognition Month: Thank board members for their service

May is School Board Recognition Month and an opportunity for local schools and communities to honor more than 2,000 locally elected school board members for their dedication to children and schools. more

The NSP's interview with Barbara Bush

When my boss said he was about to offer me the opportunity of a lifetime, I was skeptical. After all, editors have been known to say such things to goad one into accepting assignments no one else wanted. more

Planning can prevent long-term crisis

Iowans deserve a tax system that is fair to everyone and increases prosperity, but many believe the system is rigged against them. It doesn’t help that Iowans had to wait too long for their state income tax refunds two years in a row, that the state budget is a mess and that legislative leaders are pushing conflicting tax proposals that would make things worse. more

Peggy Whitson speaks to legislators

This week on the hill the House passed HR 112, which recognized Dr. Peggy Whitson of Mount Ayr, Iowa, for her outstanding accomplishments as an astronaut with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. more
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