Commentary

State Fair meeting was affront to open government

The decision last week to cancel the Iowa State Fair was a reminder of the seriousness of coronavirus and the consequences of many people’s...

Could China’s strategic pork reserve be a model for the US?

During the height of the coronavirus pandemic, we became accustomed to face-masked shoppers, social distancing and one-way aisles at the grocery store. But most...

Immigrant meatpacking workers: essential or disposable?

Meatpacking plants, particularly the big national and international companies, have instituted a veil of secrecy. They failed in the early days of COVID-19 to...

Amid partisan clashes, lawmakers manage stunning moments of unity

The coronavirus legislative session of 2020 ended like a slow-moving train derailment, as legislators wrapped up the session with emotional, partisan debates over abortion...

Stripping voting rights from felons is about politics, not punishment

In 2018, Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment ending the disenfranchisement of ex-convicts. Though it excluded people convicted of murder or sexual offenses, Amendment...

Success for these students means success for Iowa

As the virtual commencements and drive-by celebrations for the high school class of 2020 fade into memory, Iowa College Aid would like to recognize...

Public needs to see for itself how police act

There’s a quiz today. How would the tragic death of George Floyd have been perceived if the encounter occurred on a deserted side street in...

What makes a journalist — the person or the device?

Reporter arrests and assaults continue to rise during ongoing George Floyd protests with more than 300 violations of First Amendment rights, according to U.S....

19 facts about the 19th Amendment on its 100th anniversary

One hundred years ago, the 19th Amendment enfranchised millions of women across the United States following a seven-decade campaign. The struggle to expand voting...

Iowans’ voices are being shut out of legislative debate

The three-day return of the Iowa Legislature has done more harm than good to the people of Iowa. Legislative leaders should again suspend their...
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