Letters To The Editor
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Lawmakers should not design curriculum

A bill in Iowa’s legislature to imbue a restrictive version of social studies education upon our young people is not only poorly written but replaces the goal of teaching WHAT happened in history … more

Proposed changes to history, gov’t curriculum are problematic

I am a parent and an educator. I have worked in public education for nearly 14 years at the secondary level as a social studies teacher. I am not writing this as a representative of my district or my … more

It’s time for a change in representation

The current Congressperson for the 1st District, Mariannette Miller-Meeks, needs a clearer voting strategy in Congress. For instance, she voted against the Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxic Act … more

Fighting for veterans?

On February 8th, Representative Miller-Meeks posted a picture on X (formerly Twitter) of her meeting with officials from the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA). She correctly stated that … more

Clean up after your dogs

There's an issue in Lone Tree that I wish could be dealt with: dog owners. The city parks (especially North/Tank Park) are not dog parks. There is a leash law in the city for your dog and to pick … more

Legislators should prioritize our quality of life

Like many members of our community, I appreciated the time that our state representatives spent with their constituents at the Washington County Hospital & Clinics on Feb. 9. I was, however, … more

AEAs are far better than the alternative

Fifty years ago, we put students before politics and the AEAs were created with the help of Senator Chuck Grassley, to create equal opportunities for all students, so that regardless of whether you … more

Patriotism matters

Republicans have been working on legislation intended to instill patriotism in K-12 students by having them sing the National Anthem daily. I agree completely that we need to renew students’ … more

Our leaders need to protect our natural resources

I grew up catching bluegills (and one huge catfish) in the pond behind my house. In high school I started canoeing the rivers in northeast Iowa. I still love spending time outdoors, but these days I … more

An assault on our heritage

Maybe you missed the story last month, it’s interesting. The Satanic Temple of Iowa followed the rules, applied and was approved for a display at the Iowa State Capitol for the Christmas season. … more

AEA proposal lacks common sense

Our house is over twenty years old. Like all homes, even ones in excellent shape, ours needs maintenance and improvements occasionally. Recently, my wife wanted to replace our kitchen floor. I … more

Republicans will whitewash anything

Local farmers tired of looking at their dusty, cob-webby barn walls can get a nice whitewash job done by calling most any Republican. Whitewashing is what they do. Nikki Haley's recent inability … more

Why I’m caucusing for DeSantis

As a Christian, husband, father, and American, I am deeply concerned about our country’s direction. We are at a crossroads, faced with the decision to vote for a generational leader, or a man who … more

Biden policies not responsible for property tax reform affecting Kalona library

News Editor Cheryl Allen’s Dec. 28 “From the News Desk” article unfortunately contained an untruth that is being promulgated by State Senator Dawn Driscoll concerning the reason for the impact … more

Letter to the Editor

Another Johnson County Fair has come and gone. I think it’s worth highlighting the sheer impact this fair has on the community and our youth.   4-H and FFA are organizations helping … more

We should celebrate Prop 12

Eliminating gestation crates will not only ease the suffering of mother pigs – it may also put some money back in the pockets of Iowa farmers.   The USDA funded a two-and-a-half year … more

Is this your Iowa?

Which important issues were supported by your state representative and state senator: Help low-income people feed their families, or help pay state administrators high salaries?   … more

Iowans should  be free to choose

Over 60% of Iowans support a woman’s freedom to choose what happens with her pregnancy, and I’m one of them.  Women and their loved ones need to be able to decide whether the … more

Did library decision reflect will of the community?

By a majority vote of the Kalona Library board of trustees, the book “Gender Queer” retained a place in the library. Did the vote represent the community? If a majority of … more
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