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In this column on April 7, about the YMCA groundbreaking, I lifted up good things happening in our community – a time to celebrate. Much has been accomplished, but a few items remain on my bucket list: more
The halls of North Scott High School are filled with talented, intelligent and selfless individuals. I’ve witnessed it first hand, and consider it a privilege to share their accomplishments and success stories with the community. more
April 21, 1971: North Scott athletic director and head track coach Donald Schmelzer asked for a formal hearing to protest his firing. While superintendent Melvin Heiler said the dismissal was due to a “public relations situation with a student and the public,” Schmelzer stated that he did not believe he had been given sufficient cause. The North Scott Education Foundation stated they also believed he had been fired unjustly. more
“Now before we get into this debate tonight, let me be clear. If you support law enforcement — truly support law enforcement, you will be voting ‘yes’ tonight. If you stand up tonight and say you support law enforcement, your words will become meaningless with a ‘no’ vote on this bill. Actions speak louder than words.” more
Iowa’s 91 House and Senate Republican legislators want to outlaw classroom discussion of topics like racism and sexism (HF 802).  Furthermore, Iowa’s GOP attempt (HF 222) to ban discussion of the slavery-oriented 1619 Project book reveals their pro-white bias. more
We are in the homestretch of the 110-day legislative session! This week we debated bills, moved governor appointments to state boards and commissions and advanced budget bills in the Senate Appropriations Committee. more
F 342 - Back the Blue. This week, we passed legislation to follow through on our promise to support law enforcement. more
This week I would like to provide an update on a bill that I mentioned a few weeks ago. We have now passed HF 857 which was formerly HF 787. The bill creates the Butchery Innovation and Revitalization Fund and Program to be administered by IEDA (Economic Development) in consultation with IDALS (Agriculture). more
"Human rights and treating each other with mutual respect should be the norm ..." more
"If we don’t acknowledge that junior/senior high students can and do detect similarities and differences among those around them, we are doing them and ourselves a disservice ..." more
"Supervisor Croken claimed in his letter that Gov. Reynolds is using the illegal border crossing crisis to embarrass President Biden, while Mr. Croken is attempting to do the exact same thing to our governor ..." more
"... I would like to say our police department, in my view, is doing a great job ..." more
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