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Posted August 09, 2021in Stray Thoughts

What was Cuomo thinking (and Ernst, too)?

Here is one of the persistent questions rattling around in my head: Why are some well-educated people seemingly so lacking in common sense and good judgment? I’m thinking about Andrew [...]

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Posted August 04, 2021in Stray Thoughts

Iowa’s universities need to learn important lesson

U.S. Court of Appeals said University of Iowa administrators engaged in clear discrimination. In recent years, Republicans and Democrats in the Iowa Legislature often agree on little. But they were [...]

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Posted August 02, 2021in Stray Thoughts

Norm and Dolly: Two peas in a pod

It is hard to imagine Norman Borlaug ever joining in singing “Jolene” or “9 to 5.” I can’t picture him harmonizing in a heart-tugging rendition of “I Will Always Love [...]

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Posted July 19, 2021in Stray Thoughts

Iowa’s universities need to learn important lesson

In recent years, Republicans and Democrats in the Iowa Legislature often agree on little. But they were nearly unanimous this spring in supporting an important piece of legislation — a [...]

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Posted July 12, 2021in Stray Thoughts

Government cuts corners on public participation

Several times a week, someone contacts me because they had difficulty learning about a government meeting or ran into obstacles trying to get government records. These calls and emails to [...]

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Posted July 06, 2021in Stray Thoughts

It’s difficult to stop the march of progress

Controversy, of sorts, arrived in my driveway last week. There was no commotion. There were no protesters. No picketers. No chants about destroying the economy or caving in to China. [...]

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Posted June 28, 2021in Stray Thoughts

A church and its misplaced priorities

Talk about lousy timing. The biggest religion story in Iowa last week was a jaw-dropper. Attorney General Tom Miller announced he has concluded a three-year investigation of sexual abuse allegations [...]

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Posted June 22, 2021in Stray Thoughts

This wasn’t one of the court’s finest moments

Through the long arc of history, the Iowa Supreme Court has developed a reputation for judicial courage that often puts it ahead of many other courts when crafting groundbreaking decisions [...]

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Posted June 15, 2021in Stray Thoughts

Governor is correct: More transparency needed

Gov. Kim Reynolds talked last week about the importance of government leaders keeping other government officials looped in as decisions are made and events unfold. The governor was more correct [...]

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Posted June 07, 2021in Stray Thoughts

U.S. should not treat our friends this way

Too often these days, Americans and our government seem to be incapable of agreeing on what the best course of action is, regardless of the issue. This is especially true when [...]

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