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 By Randy Evans    Opinion    May 16, 2024

Evans: There's no room for violence in First Amendment, but…

The events of the past six months in Israel and Gaza have me wishing it were possible to have just one more lunch with a friend who died four years ago. My friend was Jewish. In today’s vocabulary, h...

 
 By Randy Evans    Opinion    May 2, 2024

Evans: Gov. Kim Reynolds plays politics with words about child nutrition

“Unsustainable” is a fascinating word, especially when it is used in government and politics. Merriam-Webster, the dictionary folks, tell us unsustainable means something cannot be continued or sup...

 
 By Randy Evans    Opinion    April 18, 2024

Evans: It's time for leaders to address 'the Big C' in Iowa

No problem is so big that we can’t run from it – or at least avoid thinking about it. That’s human nature. There are many concerns that should command our attention but do not. Too often, we hope or a...

 

Evans: Brenna Bird's words don't match her actions on protection for rape victims

Voters have busy lives – families to care for, jobs demanding their attention, bills to worry about. So, they can be forgiven if they do not closely track their government leaders’ statements and act...

 

Evans: Don't be fooled by political wedge issues disguised as 'simple solutions'

One of the fallacies of politics these days is the notion of simple solutions. Regardless of whether the problem is immigration, the homeless, gun ownership or transgender people, too many leaders or...

 

Evans: Government should face up to growing list of care center concerns in Iowa

A few months ago, I bumped into a former aide to Gov. Robert Ray. As we reminisced about the governor, our conversation turned to his nearly daily meetings with journalists. The aide said yes, those...

 

Evans: Misguided government proposal targets 'vexatious' people

Many decades ago, Mrs. Gentry and Mr. Halferty put up with an inquisitive kid’s classroom questions about American democracy and the workings of government. I did not imagine back then how the meaning...

 

Evans: Judicial ethics in Iowa differ from Washington ethics

There were more disclosures in recent days in the ongoing saga involving the ethical standards of justices on the U.S. Supreme Court – or, more accurately, the lack of ethical standards. With each n...

 
 By Randy Evans    Opinion    August 3, 2023

Evans: UFOs, The issue we didn't know was an issue

Silly me. I thought I had been paying attention to the issues about which Iowans feel strongly. You know, things like inflation, taxes, government spending, the war in Ukraine, a new farm bill, water...

 
 By Randy Evans    Opinion    June 29, 2023

Evans: School and state board blunder in major transparency case

These are challenging times for Iowa’s 327 public school districts. They are being watched closely by state officials and lawmakers, by parents and by others in the community. These eyes are l...

 
 By Randy Evans    Opinion    April 6, 2023

With parents' rights, Iowa Republicans giveth and taketh away when they want to

The Iowa Legislature and Gov. Kim Reynolds cannot seem to make up their minds whether they support parental rights or are against Mom and Dad being the decision-makers when it comes to their...

 

Evans: Iowa GOP 'trifecta' drops the ball with vets

In politics, having a “trifecta” in government is a good thing for a political party – until the trifecta’s inaction on some popular issue starts to haunt the party. Iowa Republicans served up an e...

 
 By Randy Evans    Opinion    January 5, 2023

Evans: SCOTUS could fall on slippery slope of discrimination

Few people like being told what they must do. Lorie Smith is one of them. The suburban Denver, Colo., business owner, a devout Christian, builds websites for customers. She wants to expand her...

 

Evans: Rural Iowa should brace for school 'vouchers'

It won’t be long before empty parking spaces near the Iowa Capitol will be as hard to find as a compromise between Democrats and Republicans. The Legislature returns to Des Moines on Jan. 9, more f...

 

Evans: Where's GOP outrage over farm debt assistance?

I try to stay atop the day’s news. But I must have dozed off last week, because I missed the response from Iowa Republican leaders to the Biden administration’s announcement of $1.3 billion in deb...

 

Evans: We all don't benefit equally from gov't aid

President Joe Biden’s decision to cancel up to $10,000 in federal student loans for many borrowers is fair game for vigorous debate – and disagreement. Americans have been debating and dis...

 
 By Randy Evans    Opinion    August 18, 2022

Evans: Iowa gives too little attention to care of its elderly population

People in the health care field have worked their tails off since the COVID pandemic hit Iowa with a vengeance in 2020. Doctors, nurses and all manner of technicians and support staff have performed h...

 
 By Randy Evans    Opinion    June 23, 2022

Evans: Like it or not, we are all in this together

What is happening to us? What passes for public discussion these days certainly is not civil or thoughtful. Nor is it really much of a discussion. If you read the comments from some supposed leaders,...

 
 By Randy Evans    Opinion    March 31, 2022

Evans: Lessons about cracked legal theories from a misguided pots-n-pans salesman

Many years ago, I sat at the kitchen table of a pots-n-pans salesman from Pleasant Valley. We didn’t talk about cookware. He was laying out with lots of precision why the United States government had...

 
 By Randy Evans    Opinion    March 17, 2022

Evans: DSM school teaches taxpayers an expensive lesson

Des Moines Superintendent Thomas Ahart has been a lightning rod during the past three years over the way Iowa’s public schools have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ahart announced last week that h...

 

Evans: State government may be harming Iowa population challenges

I stumbled across a statistical tidbit the other day that probably will surprise many people. U.S. Census Bureau figures show that between 1900 and 2000, the state that grew the least in population, o...

 

Evans: There's no escaping the chaos of war

The news out of Afghanistan last month about the terrorist bombing at the airport in Kabul brought fresh heartache – and old memories – to Iowa. A native of Red Oak, Marine Cpl. Daegan Page, 23, was a...

 
 By Randy Evans    Opinion    August 12, 2021

Norm Borlaug and Dolly Parton: 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 You.” This is not a knock again...

 
 By Randy Evans    Opinion    July 8, 2021

Evans: It's difficult to stop the drive 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. In fact, there...

 
 By Randy Evans    Opinion    April 15, 2021

Evans: Reynolds should remember Bob Ray before casting away migrant children

It’s hard for those of us of a certain vintage to realize it has been 39 years since Robert Ray was Iowa’s governor. In spite of the passage of so much time, his name was on the minds of many peo...

 

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