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Legislature needs to fix the cost barrier for public records

There is a retired businessman in western Iowa who bristles every time he reads a newspaper article from somewhere in our state about government...

Presidential candidates should address felon voting rights in Iowa

It used to be that Florida, Kentucky and Iowa were the last states to strip people of their voting rights permanently but that changed...

Iowa Legislature 2020: IWILL or IWON’T? Republican leaders agree on...

IWILL or IWON’T?  That’s a dilemma for Iowa Republican legislators as they open their new session in an election year that could challenge their...

Don’t let special interests hijack natural resources fund

I have lived and worked on a small Sac County farm for the past 41 years. During our time on the farm, my family...

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We have a constitutional right to pursue happiness but many don’t...

Happiness is a distinct American virtue. It is one of three natural rights along with life and liberty in the Declaration of Independence whose author, Thomas Jefferson, never explained what he meant by pursuing it. 

Iowa needs money for mental health care. Here’s one place to...

Over the last two legislative sessions, many have worked to improve the treatment of adults and children who suffer from mental illnesses in Iowa. ...
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