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Education is an honorable and rewarding career

When I entered the teaching profession in 1982, my mother was very concerned on whether or not I would find a job.  The competition for teaching professions was very fierce and getting a foot … more

Tough times make me proud to represent Iowa

These past few months have not been easy on folks in our state. The coronavirus pandemic, and now, the Aug. 10 derecho, have tested Iowans and strained our resources. But Iowans are strong, and … more

Derecho reminded us how blessed we are

2020 just keeps on giving! This time it struck in the form of a derecho, a rare but powerful wind storm. The results are devastating: 80% of the structures in Cedar Rapids were damaged, and … more

‘Big Meat’ gets pass from Reynolds, Ernst

Dear Editor: President Trump and Senator Joni Ernst have been pretty tough on China lately. Trump blames them for the pandemic, conveniently ignoring the two months he fiddled while the virus … more

Memories of a decoder ring and Shirley Temple bowl

Not long ago, someone in my presence voiced the question: “What is this world coming to?” That, in itself, was not uncommon, but it did make me think of a like situation in a former … more

Government action in Portland was illegal

I have been horrified by the recent events in Portland. Unidentified federal troops in unmarked vehicles have been attacking civilians, using tear gas and other weapons that are not allowed during … more

School board faced a tough decision

For many years, I wrote a weekly mayor’s column for the Wellman Advance, but I haven’t written anything since the Advance stopped publishing as a standalone newspaper.  I am going … more

Thank you, Mid-Prairie school board members

Dear Editor: Thank you, Mid-Prairie school board members For what? For requiring all students and staff to wear masks when they return to school face to face Aug. 24. You would have missed a … more

We should all do our part to curb COVID-19 spread

Dear Editor: It concerns me that in the last two editions of the paper there is not one single picture of someone wearing a mask, as personal protective equipment to prevent the spread of … more

COVID-19 puts legislators, schools in uncharted territory

The Iowa Legislature wrapped up their suspended session in June.     To say that the conclusion of the 2019-20 school year and the start of the 2020-21 school year presented new … more

Supporting small businesses, fighting for families

Throughout this pandemic I’ve continued to listen to and hear from Iowans in all corners of our state. During telephone town halls, virtual town halls, conference calls, Facebook live … more

Thank you to local firefighters

Dear Editor: I wanted to take this time to thank our fantastic local fire departments. Often, we take something for granted until we need it. On Wednesday, July 15, our hay barn caught fire. … more

Grassley has been accessible for 40 years

Dear Editor: A commentary in The News of July 8, 2020, took issue with the practice, started by Senator Grassley, of elected officials visiting each of Iowa’s 99 counties and taking … more

‘Full Grassley’ is more than visiting every county

Dear Editor: Recently, a friend shared with me Rod Sullivan’s July 2 column in your newspaper. I was surprised. It has been awhile since I retired from Senator Grassley’s office, … more

Please step up and mask up

Dear Editor: I realize to many the COVID-19 pandemic is a lot of fuss about nothing. I see many of my neighbors walking about without masks or social distancing. So far, the state of Iowa has been … more

All I remember is the rolling hills

And the corn. Oh, that golden corn. Best in the world, I’d say. And I haven’t tasted it since 1998. That is the year I left the comfy surroundings of Cedar Rapids for a new job in … more

The ‘Full Grassley’ is just a media stunt

There are many things in politics that make my blood boil. But nothing compares to the so-called “Full Grassley.” You know what this is, because we see it every year. A politician … more

Washington County should consider wind ordinance

Dear Editor: Does Washington County have a wind energy ordinance guiding the setbacks an industrial wind turbine can be placed from your home? How close is too close to avoid flicker, noise, … more

Work together in unity and pray

Dear Editor: The flags were so pretty the other week that were put up for Memorial Day. Thanks to all the people who put them up. One morning as I was looking at them and the wind was blowing, I … more

Recognize your Privilege

Dear Editor: I expect more from a newspaper column, especially one written by the publisher. In the Blindside column published June 25, Mr. Slechta wrote, “The death of George Floyd in … more
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