Thursday, October 8, 2015

Posted September 30, 2015in Guest Commentary

America can be ‘Great’ — despite Trump and GOP debates

Say what you will — and we all have — the lead up to the 2016 election so far is….is….is? Well, maybe Shakespeare characterized much of the give-and-take among presidential candidates in “Much Ado About Nothing.” Or maybe he caught the spirit of today’s political rhetoric in Macbeth: Life’s but

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Posted September 23, 2015in Guest Commentary

The GOP agenda (or lack thereof)

To hear Republicans tell it, America’s major issues boil down to Hillary Clinton’s emails, Benghazi and Planned Parenthood. To hear Republican presidential candidates tell it, you’d think the most important issue facing the nation is Hillary Clinton’s old emails. Not climate change, not the growing gap between the filthy rich

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Posted September 16, 2015in Guest Commentary

White supremacy is alive and all too well

A New York Times obituary for Julian Bond, the civil rights icon who passed away this August, described the late leader as a “persistent opponent of the stubborn remnants of white supremacy.” Remnants? Hardly. Notwithstanding the hard-won gains of the 1960s, race relations in 21st-century America are still characterized by

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Posted September 09, 2015in Guest Commentary

Carter for President? Makes even more sense today!

Offered below is an editorial endorsement of Gov. Jimmy Carter of Georgia for U.S. President. It likely was the first-in-the-nation endorsement for a candidate then known as “Jimmy Who?” But the endorsement resonates today because of Mr. Carter’s recent diagnosis of cancer and because the qualities ascribed to him in

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Posted August 19, 2015in Guest Commentary

American heroes: Cause for joy and lament

The recent death of an American hero, Dr. Frances Kelsey, like the deaths of most real heroes, is cause for both joy and lament. Joy because such heroes reflect our society at its best; lament because of the contrast between their heroics and the shortcomings of others that too often

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Posted August 12, 2015in Guest Commentary

An important addition to the library of Iowa history

While Congress and several state legislatures, including Iowa’s, were reinforcing the barriers to gay marriage, a determined handful of Iowa gay-rights advocates were preparing to go to court. A new book, “Equal Before the Law,” which came off the presses this summer, offers a highly readable, thoroughly researched and sometimes

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Posted July 22, 2015in Guest Commentary

Don’t expect logic when it comes to jobs in Iowa

Government exists for a variety of reasons, and one of the chief reasons is protecting people’s health and safety. Keeping competitors out of your business shouldn’t be one of the reasons.
But in Iowa, that’s not really the case. There are too many examples written into Iowa’s laws and regulations that

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Posted July 15, 2015in Guest Commentary

Who knew? Candidates love the USA!

For a moment, on July 5, I longed for Nov. 9, 2016, the day after the presidential election. Then we’d be rid of insidious campaign ads, overblown rhetoric and questionable press coverage. But it dawned on me (1) at my age I should savor each day and not wish time

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Posted June 24, 2015in Guest Commentary

Guns in church

A faith group in our town recently held a worship event with about 350-plus people in attendance. They expected people from several states and foreign countries including Nigeria, South Africa, Botswana, United Kingdom and Canada. The International group came together in celebration of their Christian faith to worship and recognize

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Posted June 17, 2015in Guest Commentary

Political promises: On collision course with reality?

On the sidewalks of New York, longtime mayor Ed Koch, would ask passersby “How’m I doin’?” Iowa legislators would be ill advised to ask that, given the awful record of the 86th General Assembly. Sadly, in Iowa government, promises seem to outnumber progress and production — that’s certainly so in

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