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Editorials

Rural Iowa should brace for school ‘vouchers’

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

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 ...

Civility needed before, during, and after Election Day

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 ...

Iowans are turning out to vote! Join them!

Iowa voters are turning out in big numbers to vote in the 2022 election. Many have already voted by mail, at their local county auditors’ offices, or at satellite voting stations. If you are voting by mail, mail in your ballot ASAP or return it in person. Either way, it must arrive at your ...

Q&A: What You Need to Know to Vote

Q: What’s your message to Iowans as Election Day approaches? A: On Nov. 8, voters across the country will cast ballots in the midterm elections for federal, state and local offices. Here in Iowa, voters will determine representatives in newly redrawn districts for four congressional ...

Enough is enough – bad behavior by coaches, parents and fans must stop

There’s an unfortunate trend continuing in Iowa and across the nation that must be addressed: the negative behavior of some coaches, parents, and fans at high school athletic events. Far too often, we see yelling, harassment, disrespect, and even physical assault directed at high school ...

Should you vote early in the 2022 midterms? 3 essential reads

As political campaigning for the midterm elections is ramping up, millions of voters are considering how they should cast their ballots on Nov. 8, 2022. In addition to the traditional way of voting at their local precinct on Election Day, many have the option to vote earlier by mail. With the ...

Journalism was a calling for slain reporter Jeff German

A former colleague of mine was stabbed to death in his yard this month, apparently for writing something someone didn’t like. His name was Jeff German and he was a crackerjack reporter who spent a career covering crime and corruption in Las Vegas. We worked together at the Las Vegas Sun ...

The bicoastal view does not match rural reality

Storm Lake is 150 miles from the Iowa Capitol and 240 miles from the major leagues, and we have two electric vehicles. So this headline in The New York Times caught our attention: “You want an electric car with a 300-mile range? When was the last time you drove 300 miles?” Clearly, the ...