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It won’t be long before empty parking spaces near the Iowa Capitol will be as hard to find as a compromise between Democrats and Republicans.The Legislature returns to Des Moines on Jan. 9, …

Mamie Till came along at the right time in American history. During the 1950s, in an era when many Americans were blind to the grotesque toll of racial hatred, this courageous Illinois mother …

By Randy EvansIt is safe to assume Kirk Ferentz has not enjoyed the glorious autumn in Iowa the way he would prefer.He has feverishly worked his Bubble Yum during the Hawkeyes’ games this …

I try to stay atop the day’s news. But I must have dozed off last week — because I missed the response from Iowa Republican leaders to the Biden administration’s announcement of …

Middle ground is not something that often is seen nowadays in Iowa government or our politics.These days, candidates, elected officials and community members often are seen as flawed if they speak in …

“Reasonable” is a word that is used often in Iowa’s laws. Reasonable fees. Reasonable rules. Reasonable efforts. Reasonable force.But events in recent weeks show government …

There was a news update over the weekend about two elderly Iowans who wandered away from different care centers last winter and froze to death. There is no question the deaths were horrible …

Growing up in Bloomfield in the 1950s and 1960s, I remember seeing empty coffee cans next to the cash registers in places like Ollie O’Briant’s drug store, Bill Tews’ coffee shop …

Televisions are getting larger, but that does not make it easier to decipher the political ads that are as common these days as gnats at a picnic.There is one thing we should understand about these …

These days, I stand in front of audiences and engage in what is politely called “public speaking” more often than even Mr. Gentry ever imagined when I showed up at his office door 55 …

  President Joe Biden’s decision to cancel up to $10,000 in federal student loans for many borrowers is fair game for vigorous debate — and disagreement.Americans have been …

Not all of the best medicine comes with a prescription from a physician.Don’t read this to mean I am advocating treating coronavirus with ivermectin, a drug more often used on horses. …

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