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Guest column: Trump needs to reconsider tariffs

Soybean farmers are perhaps the most vulnerable to Chinese retaliation as nearly one in every three rows of soybeans grown in the U.S. is exported to China – valued at $14 billion every year. Already, soybean prices have dropped dramatically since China’s promise to slap a 25-percent tariff on U.S. soybeans, among other commodities and goods. Although China has a growing appetite for American agricultural products, its plan to retaliate on soy, beef and pork will have a damaging effect on Iowa’s farmers and the state’s economy. more

'We are hopeful that the ... tariffs will be short-lived'

We are disappointed that China has placed an additional 25-percent tariff on U.S. pork exports. more

'We cannot lose this market'

Our state has enjoyed a long-standing and prosperous relationship with China. Iowa corn farmers have worked for decades to support fair and open trade practices because we understand that trade is a two-way street. Yet, we have operated in a tense trade policy environment with China for several years and have worked hard to diversify our customer base to create new demand for U.S. corn in all forms. more

'They are just as nervous as we are'

Iowa Soybean Association CEO Kirk Leeds isn’t surprised China included soybeans in its $50 billion retaliatory tariff action since it’s a major U.S. import. “Iowa soybean farmers understand there are legitimate issues needing resolution, particularly those involving intellectual property rights,” Leeds said. “We appreciate the importance of these matters and encourage additional dialogue between the two countries to resolve them. more

Art honors lives of civil rights leaders

As I sat in the new media center at North Scott High School during the school board election forum last Aug. 30, I couldn't keep my eyes off of the large mural on the west wall. more

Illuminating the best and worst of politics

Don’t look here for political prognostication. I don’t do tea leaves. I do facts. more

St. Luke's and Mercy hospitals merge to form Genesis

March 31, 1993: The governing boards of St. Luke’s Hospital and Mercy Hospital voted unanimously to implement the consolidation of the two organizations into a new, single health service corporation (Genesis East and Genesis West hospitals). more

Pork Producers liked articles

"Thanks for the kind words and great story about our current Lil Miss Pigtail, Addison Golinghorst in last week's Country Connection ..." more

Pleasant Valley School District violated its own policies in writing of NRA grant

"I have no issue with the establishment of a trap shooting team at PV. The critical issue here is the use by our public school of funds provided by an organization, the NRA, with a promise to support that organization’s political agenda ..." more

NRA members favor gun legislation

"The following changes to guns laws are supported by NRA members and should be included in Iowa gun legislation ..." more

Tax and budget cuts are a formula for decline, not prosperity

The ideologues advocating for large state income tax cuts haven’t given up defending the Kansas experiment, despite overwhelming evidence that it forced drastic budget cuts while doing nothing to stimulate growth. Now they would have us believe that North Carolina provides an even better example of the benefits of the tax-slashing strategy. It doesn’t. more

New fee policy for parks and recreation areas

This week, we passed a bill regarding a new dynamic fee policy at state parks and recreational areas. Under the bill, Senate File 2389, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) can establish a new fee policy for camping, the use of rental facilities, and other special privileges at state parks and recreational areas under the jurisdiction of the department. more

Improving mental health care in Iowa

Throughout this session the Iowa House of Representatives has been working to advance health care solutions for Iowans all across the state. more

Affordable health care options for Iowans

Faced with unaffordable options for health care, many hard-working Iowans have been forced to borrow money and go into debt to pay their health insurance premiums. more

Youth gave us a message of hope during a crazy week

It was a crazy week in the news. Down was up and up was down, but in the end, sanity and clarity were found in the most unexpected of places. more

Grab a ticket and go

Am I a curmudgeon? Realist? Or an ol’ softy? more

Ferry captain Warner Lewis Clark performed a grisly surgery, too

Captain Warner Lewis Clark was one of the first settlers of Scott County. He had an excellent memory, and loved to share stories from his early years. One of these involved a man named John … more

Boosters launch campaign for track for North Scott High School

March 27, 1968: The North Scott Athletic Boosters began a campaign to gain support for the construction of a track for North Scott High School. High school and junior high track athletes had so far conducted their practices by running around the town of Eldridge on the streets. more

Letter to the editor: Cell phone retrieved from highway

"Praise the Lord that a compassionate person like Kevin Budde ... spotted Keith’s cell phone in the middle of the road three miles away from our home ..." more

Government withholds information that impacts the public

"I’m not surprised in the least you received this treatment and lack of information; it seems to be par for the course these days ..." more
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