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Opinion

Trip to Germany / France will broaden your perspective

Editorials

I was blessed to grow up in rural Iowa as a youth. Unfortunately, I did not fully appreciate how lucky I was. I remember reading about far off exotic places and wanted to travel and live in different countries and experience different cultures. After all, in my view, not much was happening in ...

What’s Happening at the Wieting?

Local Columns

The Wieting Guild has a problem that we need the public to help us solve. We are in need of more volunteers for the movies. Are you available and willing to help? Would you like to sell tickets, monitor the movie, or help sell drinks, popcorn and candy?If you are willing to help, we donate a ...

Capitol Update

Editorials

The energy level in the Capitol continues to increase as more bills make their way through subcommittees and committees. I expect this session to be marked by more spirited debate than in past years because of the opportunities that arise with both chambers and the governor's office being ...

Budget prospects for the 2017 legislative session

Editorials

On Monday, January 9, 2017, the legislative leaders gaveled in the start of the 87th General Assembly, which marks the first time in 20 years that Republicans control the House, Senate, and the Governor's office. All eyes are on Des Moines to see if the gridlock we have had for the last few ...

Q & A: Balanced Budget Amendment

Editorials

Q: Why are you co-sponsoring an amendment requiring Congress to pass a balanced budget?A: The founders authorized a federal amendment process with Article V of the U.S. Constitution to give future generations a stake in our system of self-government. Arguably, the future of our republic is at ...

Revised New Year’s Resolutions

Local Columns

This week is Super-Bowl week, but no real need to watch it as New England is gonna win easily. Final score; Patriots 42, Falcons 26. There ya go. So now that it's the beginning of February and all of your New Year's Resolutions are "kaput," here are my new and revised resolutions. Since ...

A call to preserve the Electoral College

Editorials

In the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, opponents of the Electoral College are calling for the system to be abolished or reformed to reflect the "popular vote." In addition, those who were upset with Republican Donald Trump's victory were hoping that some electors would switch their ...

What’s Happening at the Wieting?

Local Columns

We have a lot of talented people appear on stage at the Wieting. Not everyone who gets on stage sings, dances or tells jokes. One always sat at the piano and contributed so much to our programs. This was Gerry Campbell. How can a great piano player that marks down just a few notes and that was ...

District 72 Update

Editorials

Filing of bills and committee work is increasing as we finish the third week. The Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) de-appropriation of $117 million was passed out of committee on Tuesday, setting it up for debate by the House next week. The de-appropriation did not impact K-12 education per the ...

What is the measure of Human Beings?

Editorials

You are worth a Kings' ransomYou are worth the whole universeYou are worth everything to me.Be worth everything to yourself...You may not see yourself as worthwhileCause you See yourself as worthiessYou take wrong turns to convince YourselfThat you are worth nothing to othersThere is no pick, ...