Commentary

This is what political courage looks like

BY: - June 13, 2022

We all know what courage looks like. It’s at the core of our favorite stories. It’s central to the plots in most movies and television shows. It’s the backbone of the legends we cherish from history and from daily life. Political courage is not so familiar. It’s an oxymoron these days, or one of those […]

We may never see police accountability in the Texas school shooting. This is why | Opinion

BY: - June 12, 2022

By Matthew T. Mangino The first 911 call from Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas came at 12:03 pm. on May 24. Seventy-eight minutes later, a U.S. Border Patrol tactical team killed the 18-year-old gunman, who had by that time, killed 19 children and two adults. A teacher, Eva Mireles, spoke to her husband, an […]

To address gun violence, our nation needs to focus on the greater good

BY: - June 11, 2022

Middle ground seems to have disappeared in the United States, and that’s unfortunate. These days, there’s no appetite for the give-and-take that leads to compromise. Regardless of the side you are on, it’s pretty much “my way or the highway.” Speaking of highways, in 1973, Congress and President Richard Nixon enacted a nationwide 55 mph […]

Column ǀ What the Jan. 6 hearings will really reveal

BY: - June 9, 2022

There was some fear when the Jan. 6 committee convened that it would amount to little more than a partisan tool that could easily be discredited. That’s not how it turned out. The nine members of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol, as the House panel is […]

Legal loophole creates confusion over prosecution of teens with guns

BY: - June 6, 2022

President Biden, in a prime-time address last week, called on Congress to ban semiautomatic “assault style” rifles – or at least raise the age for legal purchase from 18 to 21. He was reacting to the spate of horrific and heartbreaking mass shootings that killed 22 people, most of them children, on May 24 at […]

Should we protect nature for its own sake? For its economic value? Because it makes us happy? Yes

BY: - June 5, 2022

By Bradley J. Cardinale As spring phases into summer in North America, with trees flowering and birds migrating, nature seems abundant. In fact, however, the Earth is losing animals, birds, reptiles and other living things so fast that some scientists believe the planet is entering the sixth mass extinction in its history. This fall, the […]

In Midwestern schools, LGBTQ teachers face discrimination, hate and their own fears

BY: - May 30, 2022

By Ferial Pearson The national debate about LGBTQ issues in schools has come to the Midwest. In the wake of the passage of Florida’s so-called “don’t say gay” law, more than a dozen other states – including Missouri, Iowa, Tennessee and Ohio – have proposed similar legislation aimed at limiting how teachers discuss topics of […]

How to disarm manipulation and gaslighting, personally and politically

BY: - May 30, 2022

We all know that domestic violence is a common occurrence in Iowa and elsewhere, but statistics are sobering, with one in every four women having experienced it in their lifetimes. Some 1.3 million women are victims of such violence each year. Women aged 20-24 are at greatest risk. Tactics of abusers involve manipulation and gaslighting. […]

What veterans’ poems can teach us about healing on Memorial Day

BY: - May 30, 2022

Editor’s note: This is an updated version of a column originally published in 2017.  By James Dubinsky Memorial Day, a national holiday to honor the 1.17 million men and women who have died to create and maintain the freedoms outlined in our Constitution, is not the only Memorial Day. The holiday emerged from the Civil […]

Former teacher still has nightmares about the reality behind school shooter drills: ‘We wouldn’t be O.K.’

BY: - May 29, 2022

I am a former 4th-grade teacher. I taught in a small town in Iowa. My school was built with an open-space concept, and housed grades pre-K through 4th, with three sections of each grade after pre-K. The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade classrooms were all built following the “open-space” concept. According to Wikipedia, in “the […]

Bishop’s denial of communion to Pelosi over abortion stance raises the question: W.W.J.D.?

BY: - May 28, 2022

Officially, bishops and archbishops in the Roman Catholic Church have one boss, the pope. Of course, their ultimate authority figure is Jesus. That’s why many Catholics and non-Catholics have been asking a very simple question in recent days: W.W.J.D.? What would Jesus do? The question has been circulating since the archbishop of San Francisco announced […]

Reynolds administration ignores senator’s questions on 200 unresolved sexual harassment claims

BY: - May 23, 2022

The state of Iowa had a backlog of nearly 200 employee sexual harassment complaints as of April 20 that had not been investigated, state Sen. Janet Petersen said during a recent budget meeting. “Taxpayers, since 2012, have paid out $28 million in claims and I see nothing in this budget addressing sexual harassment or hostile […]