Commentary

Do crime victims’ rights belong in Iowa’s constitution? The answer isn’t so simple

BY: - January 24, 2022

When someone says we need stronger rights for crime victims, it sounds like a no-brainer. It’s hard to find anyone who would say they lack sympathy for people who have been harmed by criminals. But when it comes to whether to include a statement of victims’ rights in the state constitution, as legislation now being […]

Vaccine mandates have always faced resistance and saved lives

BY: - January 23, 2022

By Randy Olson Health care professionals had high hopes that rapid vaccination of our entire U.S. population would slow COVID-19 transmission and stem the disproportionately high death count in the United States. We also hoped to avoid more concerning mutations that are inevitable when viruses multiply unchecked. I lost my mother to COVID-19 in November […]

Massive tax cuts won’t solve Iowa’s population challenges

BY: - January 23, 2022

I stumbled across a statistical tidbit the other day that probably will surprise many people. U.S. Census Bureau figures show that between 1900 and 2000, the state that grew the least in population, on a percentage basis, was Iowa. Read that again. No state had smaller population growth between 1900 and 2000, as a percentage, […]

How the Vietnam War pushed MLK to embrace global justice, not only civil rights at home

BY: - January 17, 2022

By Anthony Siracusa On July 2, 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. stood behind President Lyndon Baines Johnson as the Texan signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Although not the first civil rights bill passed by Congress, it was the most comprehensive. King called the law’s passage “a great moment … something like […]

Why is the GOP demonizing teachers as ‘sinister’ and pushing pedophilia?

BY: - January 17, 2022

Gov. Kim Reynolds took time in her Condition of the State message to accuse Iowa teachers and school administrators of “pushing their world view” on students by allowing certain books in the school library or classroom. The address came a day after Senate President Jake Chapman, an Adel Republican, accused both teachers and journalists of […]

Inflation inequality: Poorest Americans are hit hardest by soaring prices on necessities

BY: - January 16, 2022

By Jacob Orchard The fastest rate of inflation in 40 years is hurting families across the U.S. who are seeing ever-higher prices for everything from meat and potatoes to housing and gasoline. But behind the headline number that’s been widely reported is something that often gets overlooked: Inflation affects different households in different ways – […]

Hold Biden administration to its promises for fairer ag markets

BY: - January 15, 2022

Family farmers like me have been calling for years for aggressive federal action to break up monopolies and make markets more fair. We know what happens when a handful of companies control livestock and meatpacking markets: farmers earn a shrinking share of the food dollar, farm income declines, and meatpackers earn huge profits. Meatpacking corporations […]

Sometimes you see the scam coming

BY: - January 15, 2022

I don’t find joy in anyone being swindled, but I do find a bit of irony that the DeVos family, founders of Amway, were bilked out of $100 million. Amway is a pioneer of multi-level marketing, a concept where participants are expected to not only sell something but recruit others to sell it, too. Avon, […]

Senate removal of media won’t keep Iowans informed

BY: - January 11, 2022

Typically, in the days leading up to the start of a new session of the Iowa Legislature, the attention is on lawmakers’ goals and priorities — and on the pledges they make to work together for the good of the people of Iowa. This year, however, Republican leaders who control the Iowa Senate announced a […]

Senate Republicans’ ejection of media from chamber hurts all Iowans

BY: - January 10, 2022

The 2022 session of the Iowa Legislature will begin today, much as lawmakers have convened for most of the past 175 years: with speeches and ceremony, the reuniting of friends and the renewal of partisan enmity. One significant difference: The Iowa Senate will exclude the Statehouse media from access to the floor of the chamber. […]

Lurking behind lackluster jobs gain are a stagnating labor market and the threat of omicron

BY: - January 9, 2022

By Christopher Decker The first U.S. jobs report of 2022 showed continued – if lackluster – growth. But perhaps of greater significance for the economic year ahead are two factors that lurked behind the headline unemployment rate: a stagnating labor pool and the impact of omicron. First, the good news. The economy did add jobs […]

The metaverse offers a future full of potential – for terrorists and extremists, too

BY: - January 9, 2022

By Joel S. Elson, Austin C. Doctor and Sam Hunter The metaverse is coming. Like all technological innovation, it brings new opportunities and new risks. The metaverse is an immersive virtual reality version of the internet where people can interact with digital objects and digital representations of themselves and others, and can move more or […]