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What is ISIS?

September 23, 2014 Q: What is ISIS? A: A radical group of Islamic extremists operating from the Middle East, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, ISIL or Islamic State), is escalating its terrorist insurgency... more »»

Iowa ranks high for fiscal responsibility

September 19, 2014 A perfect credit rating and strong budget make Iowa one of the best run states in the country. As your state senator, I am committed to keeping Iowa’s finances in good shape. more »»

Working families: The foundation of a strong Iowa economy

September 15, 2014 September kicks off with Labor Day, a time to celebrate the achievements of working families as the foundation of a strong economy. more »»

Demand for smoke-free housing grows

September 12, 2014 The demand as well as the supply for smoke-free rental properties appears to be growing in Iowa. more »»

Watch the bell

September 10, 2014 At least it will ring out a warning unless they peddle the clapper first. more »»

Q & A

September 6, 2014 Q: What is ALS? A: Some people may know the neurodegenerative disease by another name, Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. more »»

Dental care for many at University of Iowa

September 4, 2014 I have many fond memories of growing up in the Tama-Toledo area such as having spaghetti suppers at Big T with friends, running into people at Fareway who wanted to discuss the Trojan football... more »»

Key to IVCCD’s success is a workforce committed to our mission

September 2, 2014 Faculty have returned to our campuses, our admissions offices are working feverishly to register students, and all of the last minute details are in full swing as we launch another academic year at... more »»

The “Redskins”

August 30, 2014 “If I were the owner of the team and I knew there was a name of my team — even if it had a storied history — that was offending a sizable group of people, I’d think about changing it.” U.. more »»


August 29, 2014 We are creatures of comfort and love predictability - change tends to make us uncomfortable. As my wife would say, she likes a “Calm Pond”- no waves and therefore no change. more »»

Newspapers are still here and still making money

August 22, 2014 For more than a decade, that has been a common and constant refrain. While working at washingtonpost. more »»

Almost all of us used to earn the minimum wage

August 6, 2014 Liberals decry the fact that the minimum wage hasn’t been raised since 2009, and talk about “income inequality” and “fairness. more »»

The technology that will stimulate journalism’s future is now here

July 30, 2014 To say technology has changed the newspaper media industry is understating the obvious. While much discussion focuses on how we read the news, technology is changing the way we report the news. more »»

The Decline of Civic Education and the Liberal Arts

July 25, 2014 Higher education faces many problems today, but one of the most serious problems is the decline in traditional liberal arts curriculum. more »»

Sodders to co-chair bipartisan review of medical cannabis oil legislation

July 25, 2014 State Senator Steve Sodders of State Center will co-chair a bipartisan legislative review of the effectiveness of a new Iowa legalizing the use of medical cannabis oil. more »»

Creating jobs, growing Iowa’s economy with clean energy

July 23, 2014 Iowa is proof that clean energy works. We lead the nation in wind power generation and in biofuels production. We also rank among the top 12 states in the nation when it comes to energy efficiency. more »»

What should one expect at college?

July 17, 2014 Similar to the Frank Capra comedy-drama which made Jimmy Stewart famous – Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, the new book by David Stag, Bill Smith Goes to College contains angst, drama, and humor. more »»

Storms create emergencies across Iowa

July 11, 2014 Because of bad weather throughout June, the Governor has already proclaimed disaster emergencies in 48 counties, including Black Hawk. more »»

How to make higher education more transparent in Iowa

July 9, 2014 As with all forms of government, when less information is made easily accessible to the public, it effects the preconceived ideas about that form of government. more »»

Happy Birthday, America

July 4, 2014 Celebrating the 4th of July brings family, friends and neighbors together for backyard barbecues, pool parties and patriotic parades. more »»



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