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School violence: Students say 'enough is enough'

I was standing in the North Scott High School office Wednesday morning, enjoying a casual conversation with activities secretary Kathi Washam and junior Grace Hansel. more

County roads in bad shape

April 14, 1993: Vern Fahrenkrog, superintendent of maintenance for the Scott County Roads Department, estimated that up to 600 miles of county roads were in bad shape due to a combination of frost boils and the Wapsi River backing up out of its banks. more

University misleads about abortion

"Passage of the Heartbeat bill would simply force the University to seek alternative arrangements with other institutions ..." more

Mid-term election can't come soon enough!

"With the end of the legislative session days away and no budget for next year, why do Republicans waste time on legislation to fix problems that don’t exist ..." more

When will the treacherous madness end?

"Donald Trump continues to be seriously out of control and a great danger to America and the international community ..." 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

Senators take stand on Trump tariffs

Iowa farmers and businesses could be deeply affected by a trade war ignited by President Trump’s recent threats to impose tariffs on steel and other products from China. more

Tax relief work continues in Senate

Work continued this week on tax relief for Iowans and the state budget. Important progress was made in the effort to lower some of the highest tax rates in the country. Iowa has the fourth highest personal income tax in the country and the second highest corporate income tax in the country. These rates discourage work and investment, and make it more difficult for entrepreneurship and creativity to thrive. more

Guest column: Tax burden on Iowans reduced $1.3 billion

SAVE is the statewide penny sales tax that goes to schools for infrastructure. House File 2481 makes modifications to the uses of SAVE (Secure and Advanced Vision for Education) dollars, the distribution to the Property Tax Equity Relief (PTER) fund, and extends the sunset on the statewide penny that funds SAVE by 20 years. more

Stepping away from the April freeze

Linda and I stepped away from the Midwest freeze last week, but it wasn't much warmer in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The temperature was 32 and there was frost on our windshield when we started home Sunday morning. But that was short-lived. The grass is green and the flowers are in bloom there, so it warmed up quickly and actually it was quite comfortable. The temperature was 73 when we went to a reception for the Rotary Peace Scholars at the North Carolina Botanical Center Friday evening. (We saw that it was 15 degrees here. Saturday's Special Olympics games were canceled!) more

History comes alive for North Scott students

As I sat in the front row of the North Scott Junior High gymnasium Wednesday morning, and an hour later stood in the back of the darkened high school auditorium, I had a hard time grasping the significance of the event. more

Is regional collaboration a possibility for water?

Park View’s best water solutions are 96-feet in the air, eight feet underground or five miles away. more

Our Past: Ground broken for Hardee's

April 10, 1968 Mr. and Mrs. Keith Schmidt were among the newcomers who had moved to Eldridge. Students at John Glenn Elementary School in Donahue enjoyed playing on the newly blacktopped surface … more

Time for garden and seed catalogs?

"Hal Borland (1900-1978) who wrote a nature editorial for many years in The New York Times said, 'No Winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.' If this year is the exception, I have a ritual from past winters that may help ..." more

Virtually no evidence of voter fraud: 1 billion ballots; 31 cases

"Trump's lies and misleading claims total nearly 2,000 in his first year ..." more

Peer recovery program offered locally

With all of the strides being made at the state level to improve the mental healthcare system in Iowa, this week I want to talk about a program that is picking up speed right here in District 97. Life Connections Peer Recovery Services is a non-profit organization that is working to improve the quality of life in both Clinton and Scott counties. more

Education adapts to prepare for future

The future of Iowa workers is the focus of the Future Ready Iowa legislation, a bipartisan action plan that was recently signed into law. more

Kidnapping bill will protect Iowans

I was honored to floor manage SF 2230, "Kidnapping in the Second Degree." This bill expands second degree kidnapping to include kidnapping of a person under the age of 18, if the kidnapper is not a parent or legal guardian with the sole purpose of assuming custody of the victim. more

Immigration law will keep communities safe

A bill to require Iowa law enforcement agencies enforce federal immigration laws awaits the governor’s signature after Senate File 481 passed this week in the House and Senate. It is the second time in nearly one year the Senate has passed this piece of legislation. more

Guest column: 'Farmers ... shouldn't be expected to bear the brunt of retaliation'

We need to protect U.S. intellectual property and American competitiveness. Foreign theft of intellectual property, forced technology transfers, discriminatory licensing restrictions and other unfair practices harm U.S. innovation and affect every sector of our economy, including agriculture. On my recent congressional delegation trip to China, I urged Chinese government officials to rein in unfair trade practices and policies, including the theft of U.S. intellectual property, which have adversely impacted American businesses. I’m concerned that my urging fell on deaf ears. more
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