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Opinion

Rural Iowa should brace for school ‘vouchers’

Editorials

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, more firmly in Republican control than it was on May 24, when this year’s session ended. With ...

Iowa farmers’ priorities released for 2023 farm bill

Editorials

Rural advocacy groups in Iowa have released their priorities for the 2023 Farm Bill, which is already being discussed in Washington, D.C. The Center for Rural Affairs has spent months gathering input from Iowa farmers, which the group wants lawmakers to consider. The Center is focusing on ...

Dengler Domain: Giving Thanks

Local Columns

Considering Thanksgiving was last week, I am late with this article. After the pandemonium of celebrating the holiday, I finally had time to sit down and give thanks. In no particular order, here are a few things for which I am thankful. 1. United States of America We might not be ...

On Nature: Ice Doesn’t Lie

Local Columns

Sea ice is rapidly declining in extent and thickness, especially in the shallow coastal waters of the Arctic Ocean. The ice is telling us that the arctic is warming rapidly, caused almost certainly by the emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. As a result, the southern Beaufort ...

Dengler Domain: Population

Local Columns

As I reflect on my grandmother’s life – born in 1923 – it got me thinking how much the world has changed. She experienced a world war, the farm crisis, and the internet coming of age. In light of the recent election, I also thought about how many U.S. House of Representatives members Iowa ...

Civility needed before, during, and after Election Day

Editorials

Discussion and debate has always been a part of rural America. From coffee shops to the local co-op, rural residents aren’t afraid to show their loyalty for one candidate or another, share their thoughts on the issues of the day, and voice their distrust of the government. Sometimes ...

Dengler Domain: Football

Local Columns

There has been no final decision to drop from eleven-man football to eight-man football, but if it does happen, the North Tama Redhawks will probably be successful. When the Redhawks dropped from Class 1A to Class A – North Tama was competitive. When I entered high school, we became one of ...

Letter to the Editor: Linda Moeller

Letters to the Editor

As taxpayers, we entrust the County Treasurer to properly account for our tax payments and license fees. We also expect the County Treasurer to have the necessary education, experience, and objectivity to do the job to serve taxpayers. Independent candidate for Tama County Treasurer Kathy ...

Letter to the Editor: Vote Brodigan for Supervisor

Letters to the Editor

Do you believe in electing the most qualified candidate to do the job of safeguarding your tax dollars? If you do, the choice is clear in the November general election. Vote for Randie Brodigan for Tama County Supervisor. Randie is experienced in county affairs. He worked in Tama County for ...

Letter to the Editor: Kathy Holtz for Treasurer

Letters to the Editor

I am casting my ballot in the November general election for Kathy Holtz for Tama County Treasurer. Kathy is very qualified to do the job after studying accounting at the University of Iowa, and understanding what it takes to lead and work with others as an experienced, detail-oriented ...