COVID_19

Pandemic’s grip on Iowa eases, but vaccination rate slows

BY: - June 7, 2021

The coronavirus’ grip on Iowa loosened across the board the past two weeks, but the state’s vaccinations continue to slow. The number of new daily cases averaged 96 in the past week, down 49% in two weeks, the New York Times reported. Deaths were down 41% and hospitalizations fell 9%. The number of tests fell […]

COMMENTARY

Iowa’s new symbol should be a question mark

BY: - February 10, 2021

Through the years, the Iowa Legislature has chosen an official state flower and a state bird. There’s also a state tree and even an official rock. It may be time for lawmakers to designate an official state punctuation mark, too. The question mark seems to be an appropriate choice — especially after the troubling news […]

Grassley back at work in D.C. following COVID-19 quarantine

BY: - November 30, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley is back on Capitol Hill after quarantining due to a positive COVID-19 test.  Grassley’s office said Monday that the 87-year-old Iowa Republican had remained asymptomatic since testing positive on Nov. 17, and that Grassley’s doctors cleared him to return to the office. “I did not experience symptoms, but more […]

Senate GOP emergency relief plan leaves out direct aid to states

BY: - September 8, 2020

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans unveiled their latest coronavirus relief proposal Tuesday but were met with swift objections from Democrats. The GOP plan failed to include direct aid to cities and states, a priority for Democrats, or rental relief or nutrition assistance, and it appeared it wouldn’t go far enough to resolve a monthslong stalemate over […]

COMMENTARY

Airlines got travelers comfortable about flying again once before – but 9/11 and a virus are a lot different

BY: - July 15, 2020

The U.S. airline industry has generally faced two obstacles in enticing more people to fly: fear and fares. Before the novel coronavirus, few feared flying thanks to the extreme rarity of airline crashes in the U.S., and domestic inflation-adjusted fares that were about the lowest ever. As a result, a record 811 million people flew […]