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Editorials

Wanted: Your Responses to Tax Survey

Iowa taxpayers are once again in the trenches during tax filing season. Now is a good time to take stock of the confusing pipeline of paperwork and documentation required by the IRS to achieve compliance with the sweeping size and scale of the federal tax code. Many taxpayers say it's high time ...

Letter to the Editor: Puppy mills

What happened to that Doggy in the Window?I'm talking about the Doggy in the window with bars on it not the song. I'll bet you did not know that Iowa has the 2nd number of puppy mills in the nation! Iowa is home to 200 commercial dog breeding kennels (aka puppy mills)! Thousands of dogs are ...

Letter to the Editor: Puppy mills

What happened to that Doggy in the Window?I'm talking about the Doggy in the window with bars on it not the song. I'll bet you did not know that Iowa has the 2nd number of puppy mills in the nation! Iowa is home to 200 commercial dog breeding kennels (aka puppy mills)! Thousands of dogs are ...

Slices of Life – Things that go thump in the attic

Loud thumping resonates from upstairs and shakes the house. Repeatedly. It sounds like bodies hitting walls and furniture being thrown about, which is probably pretty accurate. I pause and wonder if - or when - I should go up. Then I take my next turn at Trivia Crack. The thumping ...

FOIA Protects Public Interest

Bureaucratic stonewalling erects barriers to the public's right to know. It also undermines our system of checks and balances and weakens the public's trust in our institutions of government.Let's remember the genesis of our republic. The government works for the people, not the other way ...

Taxpayers Suffer When IRS Misplaces Priorities

Get ready for the credibility gap to vault north between the IRS and the taxpaying public. Right before tax season kicks into high gear, the National Taxpayer Advocate issued a scathing report that exposed the tax collection agency's misguided strategy to manage its core mission.Just as the IRS ...

Slices of Life – We are the Nielsens

I've never used a pen name or adopted an alias. My family's not in the witness protection program, which I'm assuming would necessitate a name change. But this week we are the Nielsens. It's a moniker steeped in power, prestige and a TV viewing diary.The Nielsen in our house is the Nielsen ...

Slices of Life – We are the Nielsens

I've never used a pen name or adopted an alias. My family's not in the witness protection program, which I'm assuming would necessitate a name change. But this week we are the Nielsens. It's a moniker steeped in power, prestige and a TV viewing diary.The Nielsen in our house is the Nielsen ...