Wednesday, July 1, 2015


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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Posted February 18, 2015in Guest Commentary

Sadly, for today’s Iowa GOP, it pays to be ignorant

GUEST #1 By Herb Strentz Although the Iowa press has not reported it yet, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has taken himself out of the Iowa caucus scene and the race for the GOP presidential nomination. Matter of fact, he did so two years ago in January 2013 when he told

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Posted February 11, 2015in Guest Commentary

Mirror, oh mirror, upon the wall, who is the government, after all?

Some people can’t take a joke.  Like me, for instance — even when the joke is about a faceless government or government agency. And that’s a timely topic now, as Congress and state legislatures around the nation got under way this month. The particular government joke I’m thinking about is

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Posted February 04, 2015in Guest Commentary

A ‘dirty’ deal on those burdensome regulations

By Randy Evans You hear a lot of politicians talking these days about burdensome government regulations. Gov. Terry Branstad is one of them. But a proposed regulation moving through state government leaves citizens with the clear impression that the state is engineering a change that is advantageous to certain businesses

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Posted January 21, 2015in Guest Commentary

Straw Poll kept alive by money, press and religious right

Brace yourself: The Iowa Straw Poll, endorsed by the State GOP, will return this summer in its role as a quadrennial horror story. Given how the maligned Poll was brought back to life, perhaps Zombie Burgers will be catered in. The Iowa Straw Poll, which, even Republicans admit, gouges presidential

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