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Census date will ensure fair representation for local communities

Detailed Census data released August 12 shows where Iowa’s 3.2 million residents lived as of April 1, 2020, and is available for communities down to the block level. These population numbers … more

Understanding the total cost of college

Before embarking on one of the most expensive journeys of a lifetime, your student should understand the complete cost to obtain the education needed for a specific career.   Why It … more

Why should we be penalized for working hard for our country?

I am a retired federal employee writing to raise awareness of the devasting effects of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) experienced by nearly 2 million people. This policy reduces the earned … more

Reynolds does not protect Iowa’s most vulnerable

The governor has repeatedly made statements attempting to show human interest in Iowans, but her actions show otherwise. More than 2,000 Iowa nursing home residents have died from Covid, even more … more

COVID responses should be local decisions

Back in May, I was asked by the publisher if I would continue to contribute articles on a volunteer basis once my contract with the Highland CSD was completed.  It was suggested that I should … more

Ernst reacts to exit in Afghanistan

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) — the first female combat veteran to serve in the U.S. Senate, a veteran of the Global War on Terror, and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee … more

Iowa celebrated in special “Field of Dreams” game

Last Thursday night Iowa was the center of the baseball world nationally and probably internationally when the Chicago White Sox played the New York Yankees in a stadium in the middle of a cornfield … more

Johnson County Supervisors deal with expanding cultural divides in Iowa

There are some deep cultural divides that have grown up between the rural and urban parts of this country. Unfortunately, these divides seem to be growing deeper. Also unfortunately, Johnson County … more

Isolation isn’t a perk for a small town

Sometimes people seem determined to cut their own throats. Case in point, people in Lone Tree worry they may lose their small school to consolidation. The solution they see is to encourage … more

The city of Washington does not honor its promises

In 1923 the city asked for permission to come across a small strip of our land to access their new sewer plant. This was reaffirmed in 1957. Now they want to build a bypass road and abandon the … more

Agent Orange awareness

August 10, 1961 is the date thought to be the first day the herbicide known as “Agent Orange” was sprayed in Vietnam. Operation Ranch Hand — involving the widespread use of the … more

Thank you for your service!

I would like to thank three special groups of people. The law enforcement officials, the volunteer fireman and the first responders. The law enforcement officials put on their uniforms every day … more

John Lewis Voting Rights Bill must pass

I believe that we are in the most important American political period since the Civil War. States have passed enough anti-democratic legislation to forever alter our country. Those things are already … more

Only in Washington, D.C. does the word “trillion” get thrown around so often

Only in Washington, D.C. does the word “trillion” get thrown around so often and so easily. Under the Biden Administration, there’s a lot of bad news coming out of Washington, … more

Remembering a trip to Israel right before COVID

Recently I have been working on identifying and placing photos in a Blurb picture book on the trip that Helen and I took to Israel the first week of March 2020 just before the COVID-19 pandemic … more

Iowa needs more housing assistance

The clock is ticking for 30,000 Iowans.  Just as school is about to begin, thousands of Iowa families who lost their job or income during the pandemic are now facing eviction. While the … more

Iowa house addresses need for broadband

Iowa has among the slowest Internet speeds in the country, with some parts of the state having no meaningful service available at all. The pandemic has made us even more aware of the need for all … more

Thank you to community leaders for organizing summer festivals and events

We want to thank those involved with all the local summer festivals and for working hard to make them a success. Olivia Kahler (chair of Kalona Days), Heather Trimple (chair of Wellman’s July 3 … more

Forming and breaking bonds with animals

When I was 9 or 10, my parents decided I was physically able enough to manage the required operation of the rickety old iron pump located conveniently near the barnyard for livestock watering. I … more

Conspiracy theories harm democracy

Whether you love or hate Donald Trump you must agree that he is a masterful user of the conspiracy theory to manipulate public opinion. Before the 2016 election he was chirping about voter fraud … more
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