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A community forum 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, at Davenport West High School auditorium will focus on school violence and the role of unrestricted access to weapons. more
"What a comfort it is to know that no matter what tomorrow holds, God has my back and His angels show up right on time. May His peace fill you all ..." more
"Iowa students deserve every opportunity at success. And if we lose AEA services, we will hurt our students ..." more
"The state is going to reduce services to kids, parents and teachers with no input from stakeholders. Remember this in November ..." more
Musings from week No. 1 of cabin fever when I'm convalescing at home while snow swirls outside and friends and family members are sending messages from Tucson, the Florida Keys and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. more
Jan. 20, 1999: Members of the Scott County Library Board informed the Eldridge City Council that the Eldridge branch was overcrowded and would need to expand to meet future needs. Linda Tubbs, Library Foundation chair, asked the council to help form a committee to form a liaison between the library and the city and for the city to consider financial involvement in an expansion project. Mayor Larry Rauch and councilman Rick Sharp agreed to meet with the board to discuss a path forward. more
We are all very focused on common-sense policies to help move our state forward and looking at more income tax cuts to help Iowa working families and small businesses. more
"I would like to express my sincere thanks to the citizens of Eldridge. It was an honor to represent all of you for the past 16 years on the city council. I was a small part of much great progress during those years ..." more
"They helped me tremendously and I want everyone to know there are lots of good kids out there. And three of them came to my house ..." more
Speaker of the Iowa House, state Rep. Pat Grassley, during a speech at Rotary back on Nov. 10, was asked if it would be possible to voice a presidential preference without attending the caucus. His answer was direct: the caucus format will not change. You have to be there in person if you want your vote to count. more
Jan. 11, 1984: The North Scott School Board authorized a study to survey support for a proposed $4 million bond issue that would include a $2.7 million swimming pool at the high school. more
I’m writing to share why I have endorsed Nikki Haley in the Republican presidential primary, why I committed to serve as her statewide co-chair, and why I will be caucusing for her on Jan. 15. more
We are so blessed in Iowa to have the first in the nation caucus.  All the world will be watching Iowa on the evening of Monday, Jan. 15, 2024!  The person who wins the Iowa caucus gets a huge boost going into the New Hampshire primary.  The people in Scott County have an opportunity to influence what goes on in the world with their vote on caucus night. more
I’m looking forward to Iowa’s Jan. 15 caucus and not just for the temporary reprieve from negative political ads. Due to the presidential preference card changes, Democrats will be getting back to basics and expanding opportunities to participate in candidate selection. more
" ... Without proof, you don’t get to say, 'there must have been fraud,' not in a democracy. If you do, you should not participate in an election in America, because you are too weak to accept losing ..." more
"Students are invited to join the Democratic Caucus on Monday, January 15, 2024, at North High School, 626 West 53rd St. Doors open at 6 p.m. ..." more
"If we Americans elect a self-proclaimed dictator to be our president, we will deserve what we get: An end to our democracy ..." more
The morning of Christmas Eve day, I sat toward the front of the church and videoed the choir, of which I am normally a part, as it sang anthems, including the beautiful "Angels Are Making Their Rounds," under the direction of Ryan Riewerts. I was, in the words of Methodist founder, John Wesley, strangely warmed on this day when my energy was low and I was not feeling well. more
Thanks to the 121 letter writers and guest columnists who made our opinion pages in 2023. more
Jan. 6, 1999: After a mild December, January started with a wallop, as 14 inches of snow dropped, followed by heavy winds and frigid temperatures. Several local churches cancelled services and Slagle’s grocery stores in Eldridge and LeClaire closed early for the first time since 1979. more
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