Over the last three decades, Iowa’s prison
population has skyrocketed — from a total of
2,276 inmates in 1980 to 8,492 last Thursday,
according to the Iowa Department of Corrections.
That’s a 273 percent jump.
Is this reflective of an Iowa that’s a more
frightening place — or looking at it the other
way, a safer place — with three times as many
people behind bars?
Sound Smoke ’em if you’ve got ’em
Slaughterhouse deserves a salute for a tour
schedule that is nothing short of break-neck.
The Des Moines show will be the group’s 13th
city in 15 days. And they don’t stop there,
playing in Omaha the next night and 11 more
cities in as many days.
Romney is not a candidate; Steinke takes off
Gov. Terry Branstad’s bold endorsement
of Mitt Romney last Tuesday — an hour
or so before Rick Santorum dropped out
— was in a press release on the governor’s