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Tax cuts will be damaging to schools

"Crippling our public schools will make Iowa a less attractive place to live, less appealing for businesses ..." more

Letter to the editor: Senators should donate NRA money to victims of gun violence

"I appreciated last week's letter from William Lillis ... and agree that Sen. Grassley should consider donating his NRA contributions to the victims and families of recent gun violence ..." more

This will be America's new reality

"It only takes a single tragedy on the scale we've been experiencing, every year, to keep everyone (especially kids) living in fear ..." more

I wouldn't teach if faculty were armed!

"As a 38-1/2 year retired classroom teacher, I would refuse to teach in a school system that would arm their faculty ..." more

If everyone sits back, nothing will get done

"Thank you for your well-written, intelligent article. Your research and arguments are spot on ..." more

Public confidence requires transparency

"At its Feb. 22 meeting, the Scott County Board of Supervisors voted to give elected county officials, including themselves, a pay hike of 2.25 percent, raising the supervisor salary to nearly $44,800 annually ..." more

Senate Republicans' tax bill: 'Bold step' is really a 'hasty proposal'

This week the Senate Republicans offered a tax bill that would slash state revenue by nearly $1.2 billion annually by reducing individual and corporate income tax payments.It would also cause reduced revenue for the 2019 budget of more than $200 million. more

Large tax cuts and fetal heartbeat bill get thumbs up in the Senate

This Wednesday Iowa Senate Republicans passed Iowa Working Families Tax Relief Act. The bill treats taxpayers more fairly and simplifies the tax code, while in addition it provides working Iowans with an average of $1000 per year in tax relief. The bill cuts taxes by $1 billion and will simplify Iowa’s tax code. more

House addresses opioid epidemic

This week on the hill the House passed an all-encompassing bill that will combat the current opioid epidemic that is facing our state. HF 2377 will work to prevent doctor shopping, reduce over-prescribing, and will provide support to Iowans suffering from opioid addiction. more

Making regional mental health stronger

This week, the Iowa House passed a historic mental health bill on a widely bipartisan vote. House Republicans worked closely with families and individuals who have experienced mental health crises, mental health professionals, and law enforcement to craft this comprehensive legislation that will support those dealing with mental illness. The bill significantly addresses many of the gaps we currently have in our mental health system. more

'It's been a great run' for longtime board secretary

Thirty-four years. Six superintendents. Forty-one school board members. Countless memories of mostly good times and some not-so-good. more

Vegas shooter's arsenal remains 100-percent legal

Read the 58 autopsy reports from the Las Vegas mass shooting and you can’t help but conclude those high-caliber bullets and rapid-fire rifles worked exactly as intended. more

How do you pay tribute to someone like that?

It’s possible for a broken heart to feel full. I know that now. more

School funds can be confusing

School funding in Iowa can be a very hard thing to understand. Many people do not understand how a district could be constructing a building or remodeling while struggling to give staff raises and raising class sizes. These situations and others can happen as a result of the way schools are funded in Iowa. more

Ed White wins F.I.N.E. Award

Feb. 24, 1993: Gov. Terry Branstad traveled to Eldridge to present a First in the Nation in Education Award to Ed White Elementary School. A full assembly of students, teachers, administrators and townsfolk greeted the governor. The award recognized Ed White for its commitment to writing through its Writing Center and Young Writers Day. more

School board forum at Park View

"Please join us at the first community forum to be held on Thursday, March 8 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Neil Armstrong Elementary in Park View at the conclusion of Literacy Night ..." more

Control of guns starts at the voting booths

"Donald Trump and some of our local politicians are puppets for the NRA, and it's time they cut the apron strings ..." more

Sen. Grassley: Lead or get out of the way

"Do the right thing for Iowa. America needs leadership, not partisan politicians ..." more

Only God can change the human heart

"The blood of our school mass-shooting victims is on ALL of us, not just our politicians. No matter what we come up with through gun-control laws or mental-health reforms, OUR heart problem remains ..." more

Quit following the ALEC playbook!

"We need a long-term solution to the state’s budget problems instead simply following the ALEC playbook for destroying a state economy ..." more
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