One would have thought Indian Hills, which is still under close scrutiny for the games it has played regarding the departure of two baseball coaches last year and the explosive allegations by former players, would have made sure there was no doubt about whether it was following open meetings and records laws.

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Like previous government shutdowns, the current one — which enters its 13th day on Thursday — has had less impact than you might expect. About two-thirds of government spending is for benefits such as Medicare and Social Security, which are unaffected by shutdowns. Also unaffected are the jo…

Thursday, December 27, 2018

The Iowa Public Information Board’s decision to press the pause button on a move to dismiss complaints about Indian Hills’ handling of its baseball scandal is an encouraging step for the oft-maligned body.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

All journalists enjoy getting recognition for their work. But by nature and tradition, they'd much rather tell the story than be the story.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The statements from U.S. senators on plans for reformation of the nation’s prison sentencing laws are encouraging. It’s an overdue step that seems, at long last, to have bipartisan support.

Thursday, October 04, 2018
Thursday, August 09, 2018

When voters choose someone to represent them in Congress, they expect that the person who has won their support will honor that trust by taking the job very seriously.

Thursday, August 02, 2018
Thursday, July 12, 2018

President Trump participates in his second NATO summit in Brussels on Wednesday, but as is so often the case, his tweets have preceded him. On Tuesday, he took to Twitter to complain: "NATO countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS. Very Unfair!"

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Donald Trump's trade war has been an abstraction for most Americans so far, but the retaliation has now begun in earnest and the casualties are starting to mount. The President's beloved stock market took another header Monday on news of more restrictions on investment into the U.S., and the…

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Even for an administration that has consistent trouble telling the truth, its defense of a policy separating of children and parents at the border has been a complete debacle.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

"Probably" isn't a word you want to use when talking about whether children are safe. But that is precisely the word that comes to mind as we review the recent controversy that erupted over whether the federal government "lost" 1,475 migrant children who had been placed in the homes of caregivers.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

There’s a lot of debate these days about American values. How do you define them, and how much do they weigh into your decisions in the voting booth?

Thursday, April 19, 2018

For a time, President Donald Trump said, he thought about vetoing the $1.3 trillion spending bill Congress laid on his desk a few weeks ago. Too much money was being spent unnecessarily and some priorities had been ignored, he explained.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

We watched this summer as a slew of complaints emerged about the state softball and baseball tournaments. The complaints weren’t about officiating or any of the normal issues you hear fans carp about. They claimed the playing fields weren’t level between public schools and private schools.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

April is Community College Month, so let’s take a few minutes to celebrate the 1,200 community colleges across the nation and everything that they do for the communities they serve.

The word “science” means many things to different people. While some see science as nerdy and boring, others are in awe of the discoveries that have been made and the technologies that change our lives.

Thursday, February 09, 2017
Thursday, February 02, 2017

We’re concerned about a proposal supported by state Sens. Mark Chelgren and Ken Rozenboom that is making its way through the legislature. If enacted, it would fundamentally alter the public’s access to information about how their money is being spent.

There have been a lot of distortions and misunderstandings regarding my Election Integrity proposal. My job is to make it easy to vote, but hard to cheat. That’s what this proposal accomplishes.

Thursday, January 05, 2017
Thursday, December 29, 2016

In early 2016, the owners of the True Value building adjacent to the Drake Public Library, City Hall and the Fire Department, announced that they would be greatly expanding their business and moving to the former Wal-Mart property north of town in the fall of 2016. The announcement and event…

Thursday, December 22, 2016

When mental health issues become visible, it often happens explosively and tragically. The shootings at Newtown and Virginia Tech, along with countless other deadly crimes, were carried out by mentally unstable individuals. About a year ago, an Iowa veteran dealing with post-traumatic stress…

Thursday, December 15, 2016
Thursday, December 08, 2016

The people of Iowa once again showed they are among the most civically-minded in the nation, thanks to their turnout in the 2016 general election. More than 1.58 million Iowans made their voice heard. Iowa’s 72 percent turnout ranks among the top five states in the country for voter participation.

Friday, December 02, 2016

The city of Centerville deserves a lot of praise for its approach and execution targeting and demolishing neglected and abandoned housing.

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Wednesday, November 09, 2016
Thursday, November 03, 2016
Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Appanoose County Collaboration Council in cooperation with the Iowa Partnership for Success Project, the Iowa Department of Public Health and Sieda Community Action is a community coalition focused on preventing underage alcohol use and other related issues in the community. Collaboratio…

Thursday, October 20, 2016

I was thinking the other day about the state of mental illness in our community. I remembered my experiences working in the psychiatric wards in Des Moines. I dealt with children, adolescents and adults. These individuals were suffering. Many were at the most vulnerable times of their lives.…

Thursday, October 13, 2016
Sunday, August 07, 2016

During the Iowa caucus campaign six months ago, Donald Trump skipped the final Republican debate moderated by Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, with whom he was feuding. Instead he held a charity event to raise millions for wounded veterans, including his personal donation of $1 million.

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

More must be done to address mental health needs all across our country, particularly the mental health needs of students. The start of many mental health conditions often occurs in adolescence. One in five youth live with a mental health condition, but less than half of these individuals re…

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Do you really know what bipolar disease is? Or, are you confused about it, like many Americans, thinking this might mean a split personality or even schizophrenia or multiple personality disorder. Unfortunately, sometimes patients are told that they have bipolar disease without even an expla…

Monday, May 09, 2016

Question: Did the recent Iowa Supreme Court decision involving the Warren County Board of Supervisors change the definition of an open meeting of a governmental body?

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

When mental illnesses are talked about, often the language used is clinical and impersonal. These words don’t really do justice to what life with a mental illness feels like. That is why this year’s theme for Mental Health Month is: Let’s talk and end the stigma of mental illness.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016
Monday, March 28, 2016
editor's pick

Prepared statement of Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa Chairman, Senate Committee on the Judiciary

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Daily Iowegian editorial board unanimously decided the sentence handed down by Judge Lucy J. Gamon in the Jay Edward Horn Sr. felony sexual abuse case was inadequate considering the degree of abuse.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

No matter where you look, you’ll find someone who has been affected by cancer. Maybe it was a loved one, a close friend, or the individual themselves. Regardless, their lives have been affected, at least once, somehow, someway.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

When govern­mental bodies violate the open meetings law, the most common excuse is “We made a mistake.” Appanoose County Auditor Linda Demry needs to explain why her office failed to adequately inform the public of two very important meetings the Appanoose County Board of Supervisors held on…

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