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An Inconvenient Truth: Open Government Requires Transparency

March 27, 2015 Withholding information, or even appearing to keep the public at arm’s length, creates a breach of trust between the American people and our institutions of government. more »»

Bipartisan Senate Supports Access to Mental Health Services

March 27, 2015 The state of Iowa needs to do more — not less — to ensure that all Iowans have access to mental health services. more »»

Iowa schools need better budgets to thrive

March 20, 2015 You’ve got to wonder what other states think of the debate Iowa is having over local school funding. Davenport’s school superintendent, Dr. more »»

Letter to the Editor: National Ag Week

March 20, 2015 Dear Editor, Even in these difficult times, we can be grateful for the blessings we enjoy in this country, like our safe food supply and a wide variety of food choices. more »»

Which Nursing Homes Make the Grade?

March 20, 2015 When families need to make decisions about long-term care, many feel overwhelmed and unprepared. more »»

Community Involvement Key to Better Infrastructure

March 20, 2015 Over the past two decades, Iowa has installed over 5,000 megawatts of wind capacity and gained 4,000 related jobs. Iowa landowners receive $16 million each year in the form of land lease payments. more »»

Slices of Life - The technology debate

March 20, 2015 “Does technology free us or trap us?” This question came across my inbox the other day and caused me to paus. more »»

Slices of Life - Something from nothing

March 13, 2015 A blank page can be daunting. Especially first thing on a Monday morning, which is how I usually start my week. As a columnist, it’s my job to fill the page with something - or nothing. Yeah, nothing. more »»

Wanted: Your Responses to Tax Survey

March 13, 2015 Iowa taxpayers are once again in the trenches during tax filing season. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Puppy mills

March 6, 2015 What happened to that Doggy in the Window? I’m talking about the Doggy in the window with bars on it not the song. more »»

Did Speaker John Boehner Violate the Law in Inviting Netanyahu to Address Congress?

March 6, 2015 Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congresswithout first notifying President Obama of his intention to do so led to much... more »»

Slices of Life - Things that go thump in the attic

February 27, 2015 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. more »»

FOIA Protects Public Interest

February 27, 2015 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. more »»

Taxpayers Suffer When IRS Misplaces Priorities

February 20, 2015 Get ready for the credibility gap to vault north between the IRS and the taxpaying public. more »»

Slices of Life - We are the Nielsens

February 20, 2015 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. more »»

Iowa Needs More Skilled Workers to Expand Middle Class

February 13, 2015 Iowa has a shortage of skilled workers. Employers say it’s the No. 1 obstacle to growing our economy. more »»

Slices of Life - Big game, bigger commercials

February 6, 2015 It’s the time of year when the term “F-word” takes on a whole new meaning. Especially if, like me, you reside in a home with a bunch of football fanatic. more »»

New Year, New Congress: Listen, Learn, & Lead

February 6, 2015 Voters sent Washington a message in November. Lawmakers can make the most of the historic election in the new year by making fresh resolutions for the new Congress. Let’s listen, learn and lead. more »»

Q&A: Medicare Advisory Panel

February 6, 2015 Q: What is the Independent Payment Advisory Board? A: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) contains a slew of unpopular provisions that will figure prominently on the radar screen of the 114th Congress. more »»

Investing in Schools Keeps Iowans Competitive

January 30, 2015 Iowa schools are crucial to a world-class education that prepares students for good jobs and strengthens our middle class. more »»



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