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Opinion

Democrats view of Iowa’s collective bargining bill

Editorials

DES MOINES - In response to the passing of Republican-sponsored, SF213 and HF291, bills that gut a Chapter 20 law that has worked well for forty years to the benefit of working men and women in Iowa, Iowa Democratic Party Chair, Derek Eadon issued the following statement:"This assault on ...

Cornfields, Common Sense and Community

Editorials

On Thursday the Iowa Legislature passed collective bargaining reforms for public sector employees. This legislation will update the existing Chapter 20 laws for Iowa public sector employees.The original goal of the legislation outlined was to provide flexibility for our local officials to meet ...

What’s Happening at the Wieting?

Local Columns

The Community Clothes Closet has donated money to the Wieting to show a free movie. The Guild has chosen March 24, 25 and 26 to show "The Lego Batman Movie"-free to all-and the first 50 people will receive a free popcorn. The movie is rated PG. Doors will open at 6:15 for this movie. So come to ...

District 72 Update

Editorials

Week 6 was marked by considerable debate time with debate into the late evening Tuesday and Wednesday nights on House File 291, Collective Bargaining Reform. On Thursday, with roughly four amendments completed and eighty more amendments still to go the speaker called for a "time certain" ...

Think On the Good Things

Local Columns

Do you have that one song, movie, or something else that evokes strong emotions of the "good ol' days" or perhaps even of a time in your life gone by, leaving some tears running down your cheeks? Most women right now probably are saying, "of course" while we macho men have hardly any idea what ...

Time to mandate Emergency Medical Services in Iowa?

Editorials

Since the November, 2016, General Election, it's been said: the rural areas have spoken - the heartland has felt left out - the cities and big counties have dictated too much policy.Let's hope in Iowa the Legislators in Des Moines listen to and hear this message from all areas-It's time for ...

What’s Happening at the Wieting?

Local Columns

The Community Clothes Closet has donated money to the Wieting to show a free movie. The Guild has chosen March 24,2 5 and 26 to show "The Lego Batman Movie"-free to all-and the first 50 people will receive a free popcorn. The movie is rated PG. Doors will open at 6:15 for this movie. So come to ...

Cornfields, Common Sense and Community

Editorials

In the Senate:We are already in week five and busy with committee work. We are coming up on our first funnel week. This means all bills need to be through committee in order to be considered for the rest of the legislative session. The only exceptions to the funnel are oversight, appropriations ...

Vital flow of information is threatened

Editorials

A public notice published by the government is not really publicOnce a year, all local governments in Iowa are required to publish a public notice in a newspaper listing the salaries of every one of their employees.Anyone who thinks public notices aren't important or aren't read by the average ...

Iowa’s privileged class: State-government employees

Editorials

Iowa has the largest Pay Gap in the nation. The Pay Gap is calculated using Bureau of Labor Statistics data, which gives the average annual wage of a state-government worker and the average annual wage of a private-sector worker for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Our study ...