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Ernst: Ukraine can win this war

Two weeks ago, I led a group of 10 senators, Republicans, Democrats, and even one Independent, on a bipartisan Senate delegation visit to Poland and Germany. We traveled together to demonstrate Americ...

 

Letters: Iowa House unanimously passes feel-good, do-nothing bill

To the editor: For the past several months, landowners who will be negatively impacted by hazardous CO2 pipelines have been appealing to the Iowa Legislature for help. At issue is a loophole in the state’s eminent domain law that allows the Iowa...

 

Ernst: Iowa biofuel is ready to meet the needs of American consumers

After weeks of dragging their feet, and under bipartisan pressure, on Tuesday the Biden administration finally took steps to ban imports of oil and natural gas from Russia. As Putin continues his...

 

Bills address mental health in Iowa

Over the last five years, the Iowa Legislature has passed bipartisan mental health reform, created the state’s first ever children’s mental health system, created long-term sustainable funding...

 

S-N Editorial

Americans from sea to shining sea will be seeing plenty of Iowa when they fill out their March Madness brackets this week. Both the men’s and women’s teams from Iowa and Iowa State are dancing. The women are at the top of the show bill, with the...

 
 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...

 

The Writer's Pen

My earliest memories of the farm always involve livestock. There were always chores to do, no matter what time of the day or what day of the week. The earliest chore I remember was washing disks for...

 

S-N Editorial

The world witnessed the largest act of military aggression on European soil since WWII in February when Russian troops invaded Ukraine. After months of escalating chest pounding, Russian President Vladimir Putin called everyone’s bluff. What...

 

S-N Editorial

Rural Iowa has many rich traditions, but very few have an impact quite like our local FFA chapters. This week more than 600,000 FFA members across the country are observing National FFA Week. The annual celebration allows communities to laud their...

 

Letters: CO2 pipelines trample on constitutional rights

To the editor: While the first of many CO2 investment companies are poised to seek a permit from the Iowa Utilities Board, several Iowa lawmakers refuse to meet with landowners to discuss concerns about the misuse of eminent domain. Legislators say...

 

Letters: Safety big concern with new CO2 pipelines

To the editor: I would like to express my objection to the CO2 pipelines in Osceola, O’Brien, Clay and Dickinson counties. I have 17 easements (natural gas, above and underground electrical, water fire line, rural water, etc.). Only one of these...

 

Q&A with Sen. Grassley: Crack pipes shouldn't be subsidized by federal gov't

Q: What’s up with the Biden administration’s alleged proposal to hand out crack pipes?...

 

S-N Editorial

Iowa’s state parks are some of the most popular publically funded assets we have the pleasure of enjoying. After all, more than 16 million people used them in 2020 alone. It’s a wonder, then, why we aren’t adequately funding these refuges of...

 

Evans: Iowa lawmakers' mixed message is puzzling

I’m confused, and I have a hunch I am not the only one. Are government mandates a bad thing – or are they good? My confusion comes because I hear what leaders in the Iowa Legislature and Gov. Kim Reynolds have said for months. It certainly seems...

 

Letters From Your Lawmakers

Feb. 18 is the last day of “Funnel Week.” This is the week the Legislature cuts off debate for bills that have not made enough progress to get out of committee. This process helps narrow down the...

 

Pedley's Ponderings

I usually have a lot on my mind but not much to say. Such is the case this week. • Reverse jinx? My beloved Iowa Hawkeyes are on a 3-0 run (as of this writing on Tuesday) since my “fire Fran” column a couple weeks ago. Almost every talking...

 

S-N Editorial

If you keep up with the headlines, you're aware of a plethora of issues being discussed this session in Des Moines. From scandalous books in schools to K-12 vouchers and tax cuts, there's plenty on...

 

Letters: Voting rights and the GOP power grab

To the editor: Senator Joni Ernst’s article on Jan. 20 that Democrats are gaslighting the American people regarding restricting voter rights needs some clarification. The Voting Rights Bill was passed in Aug. 1965. It was readopted and...

 

Letters: Fire Ferentz, too

To the editor: In regard to Pedley’s Ponderings last week, I agree whole-heartedly about your assessment of Fran McCaffery and the years of talented players with so-so results of the Iowa basketball team. I too am a frustrated Hawkeye, but I also...

 

Letters: Trust, but verify

To the editor: In 1966, Ronald Reagan created “The Eleventh Commandment” during his campaign for governor of California. The Commandment reads: Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican. Today, despite my deep admiration for President...

 

Pedley's Ponderings

Every now and then, I’m truly surprised by the World of Sports. The Bengals are in the Super Bowl. Tom Brady retired. The Cubs actually won the World Series. Unfortunately, none of that amusement is ever extended to the Iowa Hawkeyes men’s...

 

Letters: Where's the beef? On the road…

To the editor: Driving past a certain cattle feeding operation 1.6 miles west of Moneta at 11:30 p.m. can be so hazardous to one’s health, if a driver is too inattentive or speeding much too fast. However, the most danger happens at night when...

 

The Writer's Pen

Everyone who owns an automobile knows that regular maintenance is required. You need to keep the tank full of gas, the tires full of air and the engine full of oil. People also need regular maintenanc...

 

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...

 

Letters: Proposed CO2 pipelines

To the editor: The letter to the editor on January 6, 2022 by Bonnie Ewoldt was well written and very informative. As a landowner this addressed concerns and issues for me. It is important that the public knows and understands all aspects of this...

 

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