Commentary

More COVID-19 testing should not change our behavior. But it probably...

What would you do if you received a positive diagnosis of coronavirus? This is the essential question behind the public policy argument over who should...

Grassley: Iowans should embrace ‘pioneer spirit’ during COVID-19 crisis

This week, I scheduled a dozen county meetings in keeping with my annual tour across the state to keep in touch with Iowans. Like...

I have to avoid all viruses, not just COVID-19. Social distancing...

When news of the COVID-19 contagion broke, I saw two distinct responses: zombie apocalypse-level panic and dismissal of the virus as a mild cold...

The lurid legacy of coronavirus: fear of humanity

Do you remember thriving downtowns, even in rural areas, with cafes, diners, restaurants and maybe even lunch wagons; hardware, clothes, book and department stores...

GOP ‘tough on crime’ messaging misses the point of voting restoration

“If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.” Republicans in the Iowa Statehouse have been channeling Robert Blake of the 1970s TV cop...

COVID-19 outbreak: We’re in a crisis. Let’s not waste it.

Shortly after President Barack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, you might remember, then White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel got into a bit...

Three tickets? Super Tuesday offers clues to Iowa caucuses’ relevance

After a month of hand-wringing over the delayed results of the Iowa Caucuses, you may not want to hear this.  But we are still...

Easy ethics, hard choices

Few things in life come with clear, concise and reliable instructions. Babies do not; they arrive without warning, and you need a library to raise...

This is no way to run a democracy

The results of Iowas first-in-the-nation presidential caucus are not yet in. The Nevada caucus results are not clear two days after. It doesn’t really matter....

Reynolds will have to fight GOP for sales tax plan

The centerpiece of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ 2020 legislative agenda — a water-quality and mental-health funding scheme and income tax cut driven by a...
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