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Your Town Now: Repeal the Drug Tax Stamp law

Iowa has a law that intends to make drug users plead guilty to a lesser charge or suffer the consequences of prison and a large fine: the Drug Tax Stamp law (DTS), Chapter 453B Code of Iowa. Enacted in 1990, the DTS specifically addresses illegal drugs; all substances legally obtained and sold are exempted, so […]

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Your Town Now: Researching the Denver high

Our recent trip to Denver found businesses open, people shopping, clerks running cash registers without apparent error, public transit running smoothly, restaurants serving food, the weather channel reporting local weather and abstract expressionist works hanging evenly on the walls of the Clyfford Still Museum. In response to the question at the front desk “What brings […]

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Your Town Now: Stop pot prosecution now

If you generally don’t vote in local primary elections but are pissed off by current County Attorney Janet Lyness’ practice of prosecuting nearly everyone charged with victimless crimes, such as possession and use of marijuana and public intox, you can do something about it. Make it a priority to vote—and to get your friends to […]

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Your Town Now: Is Fiberight right for Iowa City?

The City of Iowa City is contemplating signing a contract with a company called Fiberight for trash-to-ethanol conversion. Fiberight is a Maryland-based company that creates cellulosic ethanol and biogas from materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill. After a Fiberight presentation at a city council meeting in early January, it was decided that […]

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Your Town Now: How the 2013 Citizen Survey got it wrong

Last August, our city conducted a staff-initiated survey of a select group of Iowa Citians: 95 percent were white, 93 percent homeowners and 74 percent had a household income of $50,000 to $150,000 or more. The purpose of the so-called Citizen Survey was to assess the general level of community satisfaction regarding various city services […]

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Your Town Now: Iowa City’s 2014 Outlook

Having appreciated “Auld Lang Syne,” it’s time now, in the cold light of January, to consider several issues that are locally important for 2014. Emerald Ash Borer Is On the Way On Nov. 1, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported that 25 eastern Iowa counties are quarantined because of the emerald ash borer (EAB). If residents […]

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Your Town Now: What’s the matter with Iowa?

On Nov. 5, several U.S. cities voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana: Lansing, Jackson and Ferndale, Mich. and Portland, Maine. Lansing mayor Virg Bernero backed the measure there, which received 62 percent of the vote, saying the “public is far ahead of politicians on this issue,” and in Portland, 69 percent of voters approved […]

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