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A Thanksgiving Message from the General Society of Mayflower Descendants

November 25, 2015 On this November 26, 2015, as you carve the turkey, and look around the table at your loved ones, there are important lessons you can teach both young and old about our American Thanksgiving holiday. more »»

Measuring student success in community colleges

November 23, 2015 Local students enroll in community colleges for a variety of reasons. more »»

More pro-growth policies needed in Iowa’s budget

November 14, 2015 The 2016 Fiscal Year budget was a divisive issue for the Iowa Legislature. Disagreement centered on spending for education and the closure of two state mental-health facilities. more »»

Gradma's Book of Wisdom

November 11, 2015 Photographs being taken and compiled by Sheryl Chute... more »»

Three new laws help veterans in need

November 11, 2015 Veterans Day, today- Wednesday, November 11—a time to honor those who have served our country and made great sacrifices in their military duty. more »»

It’s time to renew the American century

November 5, 2015 Henry Luce, the late publisher of Time and Life magazines, described the 20th century as the American Century. Today, in the 21st century, the United States is in declin. more »»

Local elections and newspapers

November 2, 2015 November is election time in America. Voters in many local municipalities will go to the polls soon to choose local public officials. more »»

Inside the Iowa House: The Governor Who Thought He Was King

October 31, 2015 Our system of government is set up with a series of checks and balances. Right now, Iowans picked a divided government, which means we have to work together to move our state forward. more »»

On the stump: Political notes 2015

October 23, 2015 •From the press office of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa): “The decision by the Bureau of Prisons to completely remove pork from its menus was ham-handed at bes. more »»

Three ways Iowa is ensuring safety and justice for victims

October 21, 2015 Iowa is taking positive steps to help survivors of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, human trafficking and violent crimes. Here are three recent pieces of good news: 1. more »»

The forgotten Alexander Hamilton

October 16, 2015 Instead of removing Alexander Hamilton from the $10 bill, it would be better for Americans to rediscover the principles and philosophy of one of our greatest Founding Father. more »»

The attacks on TABOR continue

October 11, 2015 Do Legislators have a Constitutional right to impose taxes on citizens and to deny citizens any veto power over those actions? A group of politicians in Colorado seems to think so, and are continuin... more »»

On the stump: Political notes 2015

October 8, 2015 •Received on Oct. 2 by fax - yes fax, not email: Carol Torkko is announcing her candidacy for President of hte United States. more »»

Have you thought about MCC?

October 6, 2015 “Have you thought about MCC?” Those were the words that one mother told me she asked her son as he was making his college decision. more »»

“Police Body Camera Video: Who Gets to See?”

October 1, 2015 As police departments across the nation and in Iowa begin equipping their officers with body cameras, a central question has emerged: Who gets to see the footage? It’s a question that has pitted... more »»

What is a “Sin Tax”?

September 25, 2015 As a Director of the National Taxpayers Union, I am not that keen on any kind of tax, but as a Political Scientist, I know that “government is the price for civilization” and “taxes are the price fo... more »»

Widespread support for water quality improvements

September 23, 2015 The Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award was presented during a ceremony at the Iowa State Fair. more »»

An economics lesson from President Warren G. Harding

September 18, 2015 The United States economy struggles to recover from the Great Recession. more »»

Make an impact in your community, vote this Tuesday

September 7, 2015 This Tuesday, September 8, important elections will take place in your community. The next leaders of your local school board and community colleges will be determined at the ballot box. more »»

It's time to get going on the future of the Iowa Juvenile Home / State Training School for Girls campus in Toledo

September 3, 2015 TO: Hon. Terry Branstad Governor of Iowa Charles Palmer Director Iowa Department of Human Services State Senator Steve Sodders State Rep. more »»

Did you know that rule changed?

August 19, 2015 Each year a plethora of rules are changed in the state of Iowa by the various agencies and boards, and we usually have no idea that something has changed until it affects us. more »»



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