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Celebrating a Centennial of National Parks: Americans are flocking to their favorites

August 3, 2016 The most Americans in recent years are heading to national parks in recognition of the U.S. National Park Service’s 100th anniversary on Aug. 25. more »»

Wythe’s Wisdom

July 21, 2016 In Colonial Williamsburg, there is an important house that people still tour with interest. more »»

Engage Iowa - Who we are

July 18, 2016 Editor’s Note: Cedar Rapids Mayor and Engage Iowa leader recently visited the Tama News-Herald - Toledo Chronicle offices. more »»

Clearing some misconceptions about felons and voting

July 15, 2016 Despite what you might have read or heard recently, felons are not permanently barred from voting in Iowa. There are a lot of misconceptions regarding this issue. I hope to clear up some of those. more »»

School choice is the right choic

July 13, 2016 The Iowa General Assembly (IGA) needs to change the K-12 educational system for Iowa students from the current geographical-assignment system to a complete school-choice plan where the tax money... more »»

Veterans may be affected by fireworks

July 1, 2016 Dear Editor, As the Independence Day holiday approaches, Phantom Fireworks would liek to remind all our custoemrs and all of those who use consumer fireworks to be mindful of the fact some vfeterans... more »»

How does transparency work with law enforcement?

June 29, 2016 This last year has brought a spotlight on the use of body cameras and car dash cameras by law enforcement officers. This issue has landed directly in front of the Iowa Public Information Boar. more »»

Explore our history and culture this summer

June 25, 2016 Iowans and out-of-state visitors looking for interesting things to do this summer have lots of choices. more »»

Iowans heed the call for pollinator habitat development

June 22, 2016 In 2016, the Iowa Farm Service Agency (FSA), worked with Iowa farmers and landowners to convert 97,371 acres of cropland to new pollinator habitat plantings by utilizing the Conservation Reserve... more »»

State benefit plans

June 8, 2016 The Iowa General Assembly (IGA) needs to change the pension system for state employees from the current Defined Benefit (DB) plan to a Defined Contribution (DC) plan as soon as possible (ASAP). more »»

Veterans can fill skilled job openings

June 4, 2016 Iowa needs skilled workers to fill immediate openings and anticipated retirements over the next five years. more »»

Ernst condemns VA Secretary’s comments on wait times

June 3, 2016 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), the first female combat veteran to serve in the U.S. more »»

Vote Tuesday, June 7

June 1, 2016 Primary Election Day is Tuesday, June 7, and I encourage all eligible Iowans to make their voices heard by participating. Exercising the right to vote is one of our most important civic duties. more »»

Q&A: Memorial Day

May 30, 2016 Q: Why is Memorial Day a federal holiday? A: This holiday observes the ultimate sacrifice of more than 1 million Americans who served in the Armed Forces and lost their lives in the line of duty. more »»

Why history is important in our public life

May 18, 2016 History is not just a matter of personal opinion, individual preference, or sectarian dogma. It is about truth: what is real, reliable, and factual. more »»

May is School Board Recognition Month

May 16, 2016 Facts from The Iowa Association of School Boards Role of School Board Members- Vision: The school board engages the community in setting the course to guide local education, keeping student... more »»

Iowa’s “Bucket List”

May 12, 2016 The concept of the “bucket list” gained great attention from the film The Bucket List a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Rob Reine. more »»

May Monthly Consumer Focus: Dietary supplements

May 6, 2016 When you pick up a prescription medication, it’s likely a drug that’s been clinically tested, is proven safe, and is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). more »»

The crisis of liberalism

May 4, 2016 The national debt has risen to over $19 trillion, and this unfortunate milestone suggests some serious fiscal problems ahead for the United States. more »»

Keeping vulnerable kids a priority

May 3, 2016 Every child deserves a safe, permanent and nurturing home. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are there to help abused and neglected children by serving as their voice in court. more »»



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