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Editorials

Just Before Christmas, Child Nutrition Bill becomes law

With Christmas and holiday celebrations just around the corner, it can be easy to forget that our country is currently fighting two food-related epidemics. We have rising rates of diet-related chronic disease, such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer, while at the same time many families ...

Give the gift of reading to a child in your life

With the holidays fast approaching, many Americans are in search of the latest and greatest children's gifts to place under the tree. But amidst all the dolls, gadgets and superheroes, there's one gift that, more than any other, can make a profound difference in the life of a child - the gift ...

Unknown! What really happens on the internet?

Imagine a mother at a funeral of her daughter who had just recently died by hanging herself in her closet. This is only the beginning of something greater than teasing itself. This is partly how Pheobe Prince died. She was teased in school and also teased online. No one knows how she must have ...

Learning the ropes: The view from a rookie AEA board member’s seat

As a newly elected Area Education Agency 267 (AEA 267) board member, I’m on a fast-tracked roller coaster ride as I learn about personnel, policies, and programs. I’ve spent my first months of service mostly observing and seconding motions in meetings. Members of the professional staff with ...

GRASSLEY Q & A: Tax burden

Q. What’s being done to make sure the biggest dollar tax increase in history doesn’t happen on January 1? A. Congressional leaders have not made it a priority to prevent an across-the-board tax increase, including on small business where 70 percent of jobs are created. That’s why I’ve ...

The year of uncertainty

The term “uncertainty” has dominated the economy in 2010 as the recovery from the “Great Recession” continues to be slow. Unemployment remains at 9.6 percent, and economic growth is currently too slow to create the needed jobs to reverse unemployment. Federal spending continues to grow ...

Give the gift of education

If you are like me, you are spending a lot of time right now thinking about gifts—deciding who is on your list, what they might want or need, and how much money to spend. You might also be considering the kinds of gifts that you would like to receive. At Marshalltown Community College we are ...

Four more years of service to Iowans

It is hard to believe that my first term as Iowa Secretary of Agriculture is coming to an end, but I am very gratified by the support of the voters and looking forward to continuing to serve the people of Iowa as your Secretary of Agriculture. During my first campaign I ran on a platform that ...

Pearl Harbor Raid, 7 December 1941

The 7 December 1941 Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor was one of the great defining moments in history. A single carefully-planned and well-executed stroke removed the United States Navy’s battleship force as a possible threat to the Japanese Empire’s southward expansion. America, unprepared ...

High school students address food deserts

Students at Cody-Kilgore wanted to start a student-run, community-owned grocery store. Their rural Nebraska town (population 149) lost their store and residents were forced to travel 70 miles round trip for groceries. Several teachers contacted the Center for Rural Affairs, and the idea grew ...