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A little leeway for Obama and Putin

October 2, 2013 “It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. more »»

MCC ensures workplace readiness with certifications

October 1, 2013 Marshalltown Community College prepares students to take one of two paths: to qualify for a job in today’s workforce, or to further their education by transferring their MCC credits to a university. more »»

Touring Camp Dodge

September 27, 2013 On Saturday, Sept. 7, my colleagues and I had the chance to spend a day at Camp Dodge, our Iowa Army National Guard base in Johnston. This was my first visit to Camp Dodge. more »»

10 ways Iowa got safer in 2013

September 21, 2013 Iowa is a pretty safe place. We rank among the 10 most peaceful states in America in the 2012 U.S. Peace Index report, which looks at homicide, violent crime, policing and prison rates. more »»

Is It Possible Al Qaeda (Not Assad) Used Chemical Weapons?

September 11, 2013 Washington says it has proof that Syria used sarin gas on its own people in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta and that only the regime could have been responsible. more »»

Tackling Iowa’s need for more skilled workers

September 4, 2013 Iowa remains one of the most affordable places to live and do business, and that success is reflected in one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. more »»

A renewed call for a federal marriage amendment

August 25, 2013 The United States Supreme Court heard arguments dealing with the issue of the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8, which was a defense of... more »»

Turning the tide on childhood obesity

August 23, 2013 As the Department of Agriculture’s Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, I am on a mission to make sure all of our nation’s children have the best possible chance at a... more »»

Starting a promising school year for Iowa students

August 23, 2013 With the start of a new school year, students of all ages are returning to Iowa classrooms. more »»

Living on borrowed time

August 13, 2013 For over two years, I’ve fought to pass a long-term extension of the Farm Bill. Traditionally, the Farm Bill has been a bipartisan process, but last week was a reminder that times are different. more »»

Honoring America’s truth-tellers

August 10, 2013 It was February 19, 1777. The seeds of democracy were just taking root in America. more »»

On school accountability, reauthorize don’t neutralize

August 8, 2013 Twelve years ago, in an act of bipartisanship that now seems impossible to imagine, the Senate and House passed historic legislation reforming American educatio. more »»

Grassley- Q - A: Reforming the Tax Code

August 5, 2013 Q: Why do you insist that tax reform remain “revenue neutral” as Congress begins work on rewriting the federal tax code? A: It’s the only way to prevent big spenders from growing big governmen. more »»

Accomplishing better things

August 4, 2013 We live in a culture today that is on a continual quest for better things. more »»

A Constitutional Presidency

August 2, 2013 The National Notary Association has put together a significant collection of essays on the political career and philosophy of President Calvin Coolidge. more »»

New tax breaks help expand Iowa’s middle class

August 1, 2013 Iowa’s growing economy has allowed us to cut taxes while balancing the state budget and protecting local services and schools. more »»

Growing Iowa’s family farms through innovative programs

July 31, 2013 Iowa farms feed and fuel the world, and Iowa’s strong agricultural history has driven the economy for decades. more »»

Ignorance or arrogance?

July 29, 2013 The recent announcement of the 2013 World Food Prize laureates has piqued a renewed biotech debate in the world of agriculture. more »»

The Marshalltown Orpheum

July 25, 2013 When Iowa Valley tucked the bail-out of Marshalltown’s Orpheum Theatre into a $35 million bond issue in 2006, its wisdom was questioned on these pages more than once. more »»

The Death Tax

July 15, 2013 Q: Will Congress take up tax reform this Congress? A: The tax-writing Senate Finance Committee is laying the groundwork to rewrite the federal tax code. more »»

 
 

 

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