Opinion

07/11/2018 - 8:14am

I wasn’t lucky enough to be alive during the gubernatorial reign of the late Robert Ray, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 89, but I, like most other Iowans, have reaped the benefits of his leadership since the moment I started drawing air.

           

Ray was a Republican from a different era, a genuinely kind...

07/03/2018 - 8:16am
Last week, like thousands of other reporters in the U.S. and around the world, I went out to cover something I figured would be relatively inconsequential after hearing the fire truck sirens: a minor gas leak at a new government building.             Nothing about the half hour or so I spent...
06/27/2018 - 8:14am
Earlier this month, Congressman Steve King won the Republican primary for his seat with an astounding 74 percent of the votes cast. Since then, he’s celebrated the big victory by sharing the views of a European neo-Nazi on social media, downplaying the conditions at child detention facilities and telling a radio interviewer that he doesn...
06/27/2018 - 8:03am
Last weekend I had the pleasure of taking a friend to lunch in Grundy Center. I live in southern Iowa and travel to the area several times each year to visit an elderly friend, continuing a nearly 40 year friendship. Over the years we have tried several restaurants in the area including Grundy County 4H Omelet breakfast. On this trip, the...
06/27/2018 - 7:59am
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”—The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island   As I look back at the history of this country, I believe that if those in power...
06/19/2018 - 9:47pm
I thought about taking my column in at least five different directions this week, but a story I found in The Des Moines Register made me do a double take. I try to believe that people, regardless of their personal shortcomings and human tendencies, are overwhelmingly good, just and empathetic, and then I read headlines that make me wonder if I...
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