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Iowans take pride in our first-in-the-nation caucuses. We defend them by touting our residents’ willingness to show up at candidates’ events to shake their hands and ask them hard questions. But it doesn’t stop with the presidential candidates. We do the same with our state and local represe…

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Maybe it’s the calm after the surge. Maybe it’s the expansion of vaccine eligibility. Maybe it’s the governor’s repeal of the state’s partial mask mandate. Maybe it’s the warm weather. Whatever the reason, the mask discussion is back. Specifically, the debate over whether school districts sh…

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In these days of increased expenses, decreased revenue and a more-uncertain-than-ever future, our local officials need to find new ways to save money. Many times, the most obvious choice is to reduce expenses: discontinue a program, reduce the number of employees, or defer maintenance or bui…

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Last month we praised our state senator, Annette Sweeney, in this space for being one of only a few Republicans who stood up for public schools as her party pushed through a “school choice” bill that could ultimately take money from Hardin County’s excellent public schools.

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Next Tuesday will be a big day in the Iowa Falls School District. Voters are being asked to weigh in on a proposal that would spend $28.5 million to build a new elementary school and renovate and add on to the high school.

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Change isn’t easy. Especially when it’s forced upon us. We’ve endured a lot of change over the last 11 months: our work, our social lives, our children’s activities, the way we grocery stop and the way we celebrate holidays. Even the simple act of remembering to grab a mask before leaving ho…

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It’s hard to defend Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ handling of the COVID-19 pandemic at any point over the last year, but the past two weeks have us scratching our heads and clinging to our masks. At a time when there’s room for optimism, room for - dare we say it - excitement and celebration, inst…

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Less than a month into the 2021 legislative session, it’s clear it’ll be a memorable one. As if the lack of COVID-19 precautions at the statehouse isn’t enough of a headline, the lawmakers in Des Moines have drawn our attention with several hotly-contested education bills – from the eliminat…

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It’s been a long 10 months of pandemic life, but the sweet scent of freedom that could come from the COVID-19 vaccines this year has begun to waft across the country. Spring fever has arrived urgently, and with a voracious appetite. We miss our loved ones. We want to meet friends for dinner …