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Editorials

Food Shouldn’t be an Impossible Choice

Food shouldn’t be an impossible choice. This is a bold statement, but very truthful. For the general population, we take it for granted that there will be something to eat when we get home from school, work, or play. And we will have a choice of what to eat. But in northeast Iowa, for over ...

Iowa leaders face new pressure to study climate change

The effects of climate change, such as droughts and destructive storms, have been visible across Iowa in recent years. That's prompted calls for state lawmakers to hold more direct talks about solutions. The Iowa Legislature reconvenes in January. Before that happens, groups like the Center ...

Grassley, Warren praise FDA’s finalized over-the-counter hearing aid rule

Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) issued the following joint statement after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a key rule allowing hearing aids to be sold over-the-counter, an effort they have worked on since 2017: "Five years after our bipartisan ...

Our first president left us lessons on civility and humility

When George Washington was 6 years old, he received a hatchet as a gift and immediately tested it on his father’s cherry tree. His father saw the damaged tree and asked his son if he had done the deed. The boy confessed with his most famous maxim: “I cannot tell a lie.” The story itself ...

Advocacy group helps Tama Co. residents stop large Iowa Select CAFO

It’s easy to build a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) in Iowa. Weak regulations and a powerful pork industry make Iowa the country’s leading pork producer. While CAFOs aren’t easy to stop in Iowa, local residents from Tama County showed that it can be done with some grit, ...

This is what political courage looks like

We all know what courage looks like. It’s at the core of our favorite stories. It’s central to the plots in most movies and television shows. It’s the backbone of the legends we cherish from history and from daily life. Political courage is not so familiar. It’s an oxymoron these ...

Center publishes expanded resources on USDA conservation programs

Rural farms and ranches have a reciprocal relationship with their environment. Soil health, sufficient water, and proper temperatures all have a part in bringing crops or animals to fruition. Too often, agriculture practices cause our environment to tire, leading to the use of more inputs ...

A quest for significance gone horribly wrong

Agonizing questions are being raised by the recent tragic mass shootings at a school in Texas and a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. As in the recent years’ similar acts of horror at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, a Walmart in El Paso, and a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, people want to ...

Lawmakers eliminate open-enrollment deadline before session adjournment

Iowa lawmakers ended the 2022 legislative session Wednesday in the wee hours with action on some familiar topics: school choice and election law. The Iowa Senate adjourned for the year at 12:11 a.m. and the House followed at 12:17 a.m. Before they went home, Republicans in the Iowa House ...