Commentary
71 results total, viewing 1 - 20

Thanks to our Emergency medical services

This week’s issue of The News features a special salute to the volunteer emergency medical services and the Washington County Ambulance Service with photos of those servies.  Thanks to all … more

Student Built Housing Project

This summer the City of Kalona will be working with The Greater Iowa City Area Home Builders Association (HBA) which serves Johnson, Washington, Cedar, and Iowa counties on a student-led home remodel … more

Johnson Co. to study broadband needs

Johnson County is pursuing a study to assess broadband internet capabilities, needs and deficiencies in the county. The study is a result of Johnson County’s investment of funds received from … more

Thank you to the many volunteers of 4-H

During this important National Volunteer Week, I cannot help but stop and be so thankful for the countless people who give to Washington County 4-H.  I would like to express my sincere thanks … more

Inside the Iowa House: Iowans deserve a seat at the table

Just a week out from what is supposed to be the end of session, the most consistent thing I’ve heard from Iowans this year is that they are fed up with politics. They’ve seen the endless … more

Learning about new things shouldn’t be scary at all!

The only time I’ve ever been in a wheelchair is when I’ve left the hospital — and then, I didn’t even need to push myself. But this past weekend, I attended the Adaptive … more

Pair of bipartisan bills would better protect prison employees

March 23 marked the one-year anniversary of the murders of correctional officer Robert McFarland and nurse Lorena Schulte at the Anamosa State Penitentiary. We mourn their loss and continue to fight … more

“Defending freedom in Ukraine is defending freedom everywhere”

Last weekend, I led a group of ten senators, Republicans, Democrats, and even one Independent, on a bipartisan Senate delegation visit to Poland and Germany. We traveled together to demonstrate … more

Don’t Leave Your Health to Luck: A Parable

A woman hits a golf ball your direction, up the hill towards the green on #9. She jogs up the fairway to get a better look at the shot, jumping with excitement and throwing a fist in the air when the … more

Corporate greed is causing inflation, hampering Iowa’s recovery

In this year’s State of the Union Address, the President shared his vision for an economy that grows from the bottom up and the middle out. The key pillars of this vision: making more products … more

President Biden should follow Governor Reynolds’ example of leadership

President Biden’s first State of the Union Address came as nearly everything in our country is looking “up.” Consumer prices, violent crime, our national debt, illegal border … more

On the right of passage of turning 10 years old

I was nine years old when for Christmas 1940 I received my very last doll. A big ‘awkward’ thing I promptly named Susi. Why Susi? Maybe because my daddy always called me Susi, which I … more

Schneider: Excellence Together

“Preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s world in a caring learning environment” is Mid-Prairie’s mission statement.  On March 1 from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM, … more

Highland rated “commendable” and “high performing” in state report

School districts try to find as much data about their students as possible.  Every year schools have students take a multitude of tests.  They take tests for classes but also to monitor … more

Mid-Prairie bond referendum to address educational space needs

The construction projects that will be made possible with the passage of the March 1 bond referendum were the result of a process started by a District Facilities Committee back in April 2018.  … more

Biofuel, workforce shortage bills in the Iowa House

We took our first vote of the 2022 Legislative Session this week in the Iowa House. It was a vote I was very proud to cast because it’ll help support our renewable fuels industry here in … more

Return to work, victim protection bills

My Return to Work Incentive legislation (SF 2161) is in response to conversations I’ve had with local employers. I believe this carrot approach to getting people back to work will be more … more

M-P bond referendum: Why will there be two questions on the ballot?

In this week’s column, I am going to focus on the reason why there will be two questions on the bond issue ballot on March 1. Our current total property tax rate in the district is $13.23 … more

Nielsen: “Lawmakers should behave better than second graders”

When you think of the Iowa State Capitol building, what things first come to mind?  The beautiful architecture, the hard work done in the name of Iowa families, the solemn reverence for the … more

Kinney aims to fix workforce crisis

State Senator Kevin Kinney of Oxford joined other members of the Iowa Legislature for the start of the 2022 Session this month. “We’ve got to fix Iowa’s workforce crisis. Too … more
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 Next »
Currently viewing stories posted within the past year.
For all older stories, please use our advanced search.