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Columns

  • On the Side| Brad Hicks

    It was astounding last week when an Iowa Senate subcommittee, led by Republicans, approved a bill that would allow a broader use of medical marijuana.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

     Fifty years have passed since Warren Beatty and Fay Dunaway made “Bonnie and Clyde,” a movie that so maligned real people a lawsuit was brought and others should have been. 

  • Guest Opinion | Catholic Charities

    What is a Survivor Statement? 

  • On the Side| Brad Hicks

    My office is next to the old vault, where decades of newspaper copies are bound and stored.  

    If you ever wondered whether the state of the world is dire and its future grim, you need only open the pages of those old papers. There, you will discover headlines that could be used today. Our technology and methodology have changed, and so have most of the names, but in terms of the world’s concerns, let’s just say a century has had little impact. 

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    There’s not a bottle of Old Overholt to be found in Montgomery County. Despite medicinal benefits, there apparently isn’t one in Cass or Page either. 

    Thirty years have passed since my only sip of the rye first distilled by Abraham Overholt (1784-1870), so I’ve demonstrated an ability to do without. My interest in re-testing the original was stirred by recent news stories about Templeton Rye. 

  • Miner Queries | Cherie Miner

    Iowa has been getting quite a bit of national press lately, and not in a good way.

    Of course, we can always count on Rep. Steve King to incite hate on the national stage, in the process tarring our entire state. But now we’re also getting press thanks to our one-party state government and the corporate-written legislation they are shoving through this session.

  • Masters MIAs

    The golf world gathers around The Masters this week, and there will be two palpable absences.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    A century ago this month, our front pages were about the U.S. entry into World War I. Between now and the 100th anniversary of the armistice of November 1918, we’ll be reminded of various events that took place during that war. 

    Because this column looks for Iowa connections and stories you might not otherwise hear, this week we’ll delve into the Lusitania, an illegitimate offspring, a Welshman from Ottumwa, and a strange lawsuit. 

  • Guest Opinion | John Hendrickson

    Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed the historic collective bargaining reform legislation that provides public employee contract negotiations to be limited only to wages. Supporters of the reform measure argue that public employees need to pay more for their health benefits to make it more equitable with those in the private sector. In addition, the reform measure will save Iowa taxpayers money, just as a similar reform measure, Act 10, in Wisconsin saved $5 billion.

  • Guest Opinion | Catholic Charities

     In the United States, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it.