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Editorials

Traer Time Machine: Giving Thanks

An editorial from an edition of the Traer Star-Clipper published on Friday, August 28, 1953, caught my eye this past week while searching through our archive books for stories on the late LeRoy Kopriva — 1954 Traer High School graduate, Redhawks starting quarterback, and great-uncle to this ...

What’s the law on vaccine exemptions? A religious liberty expert explains

For Americans wary of COVID-19 vaccine mandates, like the sweeping requirements President Joe Biden announced Sept. 9, 2021, it seems there are plenty of leaders offering ways to get exemptions – especially religious ones. No major organized religious group has officially discouraged the ...

Will Iowa keep its proud tradition of fair, nonpartisan redistricting?

Iowa’s nonpartisan redistricting process has long been held up as a model for the country, even though most other states have shown little interest in adopting it. This year, Iowa’s much-heralded but little-emulated process is proceeding under two sets of unusual circumstances. The first, ...

Q&A: Afghan Drug Trade and Fentanyl

Q: Why is it important to strengthen enforcement of synthetic fentanyl? A: Deaths and illnesses from COVID-19 have caused immeasurable pain and suffering among American families for more than a year. The pandemic is distressing our economy, supply chains and schools, causing continued anguish ...

Dengler Domain: Buy Local

Spending money is not something one enjoys doing unless it is on a vacation or delicious ice cream. Spending on utilities, groceries, or anything else in between is not fun. Watching the greenbacks leave the wallet and never come back is not a fulfilling feeling. An important part of spending ...

Dengler Domain: Sept. 16

Looking out for each other is the best action one can do in society. Trying one’s best to help the greater good is the best one can do. It is hard. Self-interest is the easiest and most comfortable route but volunteering or giving service to the community rises the community’s tide. ...

Q&A: 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Q: What goes through your mind two decades after 9/11? A: As the world observes the 20th anniversary of 9/11, it’s notable that an entire generation of Americans was born after the horrific terror attacks. No matter if you watched it unfold on television in real time or read about it in ...

Restricting access to public notices poses a threat to the public

Iowans want to know what their local governments — county supervisors, city councils, school boards — are up to. They always have. The very first newspapers in many of the state’s counties regularly published local public notices, paid for by local governments. It’s an American ...

Dengler Domain: September 2

Labor Day is here. This marks the end of summer, and fortunately, the end of the heat. There might be near-unanimous agreement for the heat to be gone. Unfortunately, Iowa autumns are as rare as bears in Iowa. Once in a blue moon, one comes, but more than likely, it stays in hiding. The worst ...