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A report released last week should have Iowans thinking twice about their icy-cold vices. Health experts unveiled the 2024 Cancer in Iowa Report, and results were extremely concerning. Iowa once again has the second-highest rate of new cancer cases...

 
 By Nick Pedley    Opinion    February 29, 2024 

Pedley's Pondering

I often feel like I don’t do enough to help my fellow man. Last week, I did the bare minimum. After delivering the newspaper, I swung over to the Hartley Community Center to donate blood for the first time. I really don’t know why it took me...

 

Feenstra: Leading the charge to stop Biden's EV mandates

In our free-market economy, Americans should have the freedom to purchase the car or truck of their choice without the federal government putting its thumb on the scale to advance a specific policy...

 

Jones: What is the Iowa Taxpayer Relief Fund?

The Iowa Taxpayer Relief Fund is an account in the state treasury that holds unanticipated state revenue to be returned to the taxpayers. In order for funds to be deposited in the Taxpayer Relief...

 

Sen. Evans: Week 7 Senate recap

Following our first legislative deadline, the seventh week of session in the Iowa Senate focused on debate and sending bills to the House of Representatives for their consideration. One bill that...

 

Letters: Power players in Iowa Senate are aiding and abetting

To the editor: The Iowa House is considering a bill designed to combat “organized retail theft” of property from stores. Lawmakers supporting the measure said they wanted to deter looting, which has happened in some U.S. cities. Law enforcement...

 

Remarks From the Reverend

Author’s Note: This is the second of a series of devotionals from Psalm 146. “Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the LORD his God” – Psalm 146:5 In putting...

 

S-N Editorial

Golden girl Iowa’s Caitlin Clark takes sports world by storm It doesn’t take someone who bleeds black and gold to appreciate what Caitlin Clark has done in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes’ unstoppable guard last week became the all-time scorer in NCAA...

 

The Writer's Pen

I was cooking supper the other night. Bruce came into the kitchen and asked, "What's that smell?" "Oh," I said. "I thought we'd have something different tonight. I call it broiled plastic spatula. 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...

 

Jones: School security bill protects kids

Keeping students safe in schools is a top priority. Last week, the Public Safety Committee advanced House Study Bill 675 to ensure students have the protection they deserve. HSB 675 has two parts,...

 

Ernst: Fixing Biden's FAFSA Fiasco

It’s often said that your own education is one of the best investments you can make. For many students, that investment looks like heading off to college. Even as the cost of higher education...

 

The Writer's Pen

It has been said that grand parenting is the reward for putting up with your children all those years. Some have said they wished they could have gone to grand parenting right away, and skipped...

 

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...

 

Grassley: How Iowa pioneered the rise of renewable energy

Every day is National Iowa Day in my book. There’s no shortage of things to celebrate in our great state. Iowa farmers feed our nation and countries around the globe. Iowa manufacturing is responsib...

 

Sen. Evans: Week 5 legislative recap

Last Thursday marked the end of Week 5 in the Iowa Senate, and this week was the first major legislative deadline of the year. The upcoming deadline means we spent much of our week in subcommittees...

 

Jones: Fighting human trafficking

This fall, the House and Senate held a joint interim committee to discuss the continued fight against human trafficking. The committee consisted of Representatives, Senators, law enforcement, county a...

 

Pedley's Ponderings

This winter hasn’t been much of one. I think I can speak for all of you when I say that’s perfectly fine. Still, it’s winter in Iowa, and with that reality comes a degree of boredom. I don’t ice fish, ski or have a snowmobile, so my options...

 

S-N Editorial

Fourteen years is a long time to ignore the will of the people. In Iowa, lawmakers don’t seem to mind. The Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund was established by popular demand in 2010. Back then, 62 percent of Iowa voters agreed th...

 

Pedley's Ponderings

Regret is an inescapable fact of life. Lately, I’ve been internally gnawing at a decision I made three years ago. I was a Detroit Lions fan for more than 20 years of my life. This ill-fated decision was based on one man and one man only: The great...

 

Q&A with Sen. Chuck Grassley

Q: What should taxpayers keep in mind for tax filing season? A: The IRS will start accepting and processing individual tax returns on Jan. 29 for the 2023 tax year. As taxpayers across America gather financial information to document employment,...

 

Remarks From the Reverend

Author’s Note: This is first of a series of devotion from Psalm 146. Each devotional will cover one or more verses of this Psalm, beginning with verse 3 to the end of the Psalm. “Do not put your t...

 

S-N Editorial

Far too often are we reminded of the horrors of gun violence in America. It seems like mass shootings command headlines weekly, and if not that frequent, at least monthly. Last week, it hit home. A gunman entered Perry High School on Jan. 4 before...

 

The Writer's Pen

Christmas is over for another year, but the memories still remain. This year, for example, it rained on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I don’t recall that ever happening, though my memory isn’t...

 

Letters: 'A threat to our democracy'

To the editor: Trump’s rhetoric and the MAGA Republicans are a threat to our democracy. I have been reading and studying information regarding Hitler and the Nazis during the 1930’s and 1940’s leading up to, and including, WWII. There were...

 

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