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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 …

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The news that the Iowa Falls School District will put a $28.5 million bond issue to a special election in March was met with enthusiasm and support from some, and skepticism and questions from others last week. All are valid reactions that should be expected when the subject is such a major …

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The battle is not against Twitter or Parler or Facebook, or President Trump. It’s certainly not against each other or the government as a whole. The battle is against misinformation and purveyors of it. This is the rallying cry a nation of many widely varying opinions can and must rally arou…

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Next week Iowa’s senators and representatives will return to the statehouse in Des Moines to begin a new legislative session. We hope they see the coming weeks as they are: an opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of Iowans who’ve endured a string of unbearable months.

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Editor’s Note: More than 120 years ago, newspaper editor Francis P. Church answered a little girl’s letter in response to a question every parent eventually faces. But, what was revealed in the letter, and the reason it lives on, is it reminds us that the spirit of the season is all around u…