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Editorials

Update from the Iowa Capitol

Need help from storm recovery? Iowa was hit hard by the Dec. 15 high winds. If you were impacted by the storm but are unsure how to proceed, call 2-1-1 to be connected to resources and guidance. Please report any storm damage you know of so that local and state officials can document all ...

On The Record: Congresswoman Ashley Hinson

December 12, 2021: All Over Iowa’s First Congressional District Before heading to Washington this week, I was out on the road in Fayette County, Bremer County, and Black Hawk County meeting with constituents, small businesses, and community organizations. I visited the Northeast Iowa Area ...

Dengler Domain: Christmas Traditions

What makes Christmas one of the best holidays is not the gifts, not the eerily similar meal to Thanksgiving, but the traditions. Of all the holidays, everyone has a variety of traditions they do as a group or individual. Whether it is the Christmas spirit or seeing old friends and family, it ...

Hard-working entrepreneurs deserve our support this holiday season

The holiday season is upon us, and for many people that means making purchases for gift exchanges and planning the menu for family and work gatherings. But, for our nation’s small business owners, preparing for the biggest and busiest time of the year can take months of hard work, and ...

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 ...