Thursday, September 3, 2015

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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Posted May 20, 2015in Guest Commentary

The Iowa caucuses versus the U.S. Constitution

For all the red-white-and-blue hurrahs and chest thumping so dear to the hearts of those who promote the Iowa caucuses, it is sobering — even depressing — to consider how the caucuses don’t much care about the wisdom of the U.S Constitution in general or the spirit of Article VI

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Posted April 22, 2015in Guest Commentary

Iowa’s Straw Poll and Caucus: dream or nightmare?

The Iowa dream of homespun democracy now seems like more of a nightmare of electoral folly. The notion of grassroots selection of presidential candidates — thanks to the Iowa caucuses — is pretty much bankrupt. It has given way to billionaires with more money than they know what to do

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Posted April 08, 2015in Guest Commentary

Time to update GOP platform, ala Cruz and Lane

The Iowa GOP needs to update the party’s platform to welcome what Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas sees as his Christ-driven presidential candidacy and to endorse the mission of David Lane and the American Family Association to make the U.S. once again a Christian culture as God intended. The 2014

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Posted March 11, 2015in Guest Commentary

Charmed, I’m sure

By Kent Carlson Maybe it was the period in time I was raised, or maybe it was who raised me, but the term “charming” really wasn’t a big part of my vocabulary. At least not until I met my friend, Dennis. Dennis was about 15 years older than me. He

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