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Douglas Burns

Douglas Burns

Douglas Burns, vice president for news, is a writer and columnist for the Carroll Times Herald. Burns also is a co-owner of Herald Publishing Co., which has been in his family for three generations. You can subscribe to his blog, The Iowa Mercury, on Substack.

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President Nile Kinnick? It’s not so far-fetched.

By: - September 1, 2022

It is, of course, a canyon leap to project greatness onto an unfinished life. Or a developing one for that matter. The mouth of the funnel for leaders, men and women of consequence and distinction, is large, and few end up making through, University of Iowa history professor David Shoenbaum told me several years ago. All of […]

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Sugar-and-salted irony: Grassley runs ‘favorite food’ at Iowa State Fair contest days after voting against capping insulin doses at $35

By: - August 18, 2022

This is rich – rich by both caloric standards and a spectacular, if not cruel, lack of awareness, or give-a-damnism. And the timing is deadly. Within a week, U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley opposed efforts to cap the price of a dose of insulin at $35 and announced an online contest in which he is asking Iowans to […]