Letter to the Editor: Trump’s distrustful reign

By Robert David The president-elect has trust issues. Big ones. (It is important to disclose I have trust issues too. I am convinced I know best. And it takes hard work to loosen those reins. That, or swallow a little prescription pill that fuzzes things up.) In our country, trust in institutions and in others […]

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Letter to the Editor: Wage increases lead to vibrant communities

by J. E. Ironside I have been an employee advocate for 20 plus years of my life — the first half as a manager of a drugstore, the latter half as a union organizer. I have seen many sides of how wages affect the working man and woman and their families. I’ve known folks who […]

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Letter to the Editor: The curious case of Hancher, the cashless auditorium

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]I am writing for an explanation as to why the new Hancher Auditorium does not accept cash. Unfortunately, I no longer own a credit card, so the inconvenience of this situation practically ruined my enjoyment of the concerts I have attended there thus far. I went so far as to complain to the […]

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Letter to the editor: Crisis Center director says upcoming state, federal legislative decisions will impact Center clients

By Becci Reedus Our politicians and policymakers will face many important decisions in the coming months. Now more than ever, those leaders need to hear from all of us about the issues impacting our community. As executive director of The Crisis Center of Johnson County, one of my jobs is to educate our policymakers and […]

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Letter to the Future: Paris Agreement hangs in the balance

climate change

By Alastair Bland Scientists have warned for decades that greenhouse gas emissions have put the earth on track for calamitous storms, floods, droughts and rising oceans. Last year, before the Paris climate summit, writers, scientists and artists were invited to write “Letters to the Future” predicting what success or failure in combating climate change might […]

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Op-ed: If we will not be given space, we will carve it out of yours

Protesters block I-80 on Nov. 12 in Iowa City. photo by Zak Neumann

By Rose Fiala Everyone I know is Scared. Capital S. A kind of collective, shared fear that I hadn’t known until Election Night, the fear of an entire generation of queer, undocumented, Muslim, trans, disabled, poor and people of color (PoC) staring out at the next four to eight years. The fear of knowing that […]

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Op-ed: Building local progressive networks in the wake of Election Day 2016

By Damita Brown Some of us would like to pretend that business as usual will suffice — that the unfortunate outcomes of Tuesday’s election have no bearing on how we go about the unending progressive movement for inclusion, equity, peace and justice in this county. Others are quite clear that it is more important than […]

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Letter to the Editor: Processing Election Day 2016

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] By Karen Nichols As I sit here, a few days into our electoral apocalypse, I am struggling with what to say. I, like many of you, am awash in worry, anger, fear and an almost overwhelming sadness. I wish I had a set of ready-made answers for how to counter the coming onslaught of […]

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Letter to the Editor: Measure C hopes to change the game of Codes & Charters

By Aleksey Gurtovoy What if it was much easier for us to change the Constitution than to change the laws that have to follow it? A lot of people consider this to be a silly question: It’s pretty obvious that such a hypothetical arrangement would put things awfully out of balance. Yet that’s precisely the […]

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Letter to the Editor: Treating addiction as a healthcare issue, not a crime


By Cameron Foreman, Petra Hahn & Sarah Ziegenhorn Our state, like many others, is suffering an opioid epidemic. Too many Iowans, of all walks of life, start with an injury, proceed with a visit to the doctor and end with an opioid addiction. In fact, one in five people is at risk for developing an […]

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Opinion: Dakota Access Bakken Oil Pipeline Nearing Finish Line in Iowa

Bakken Pipeline, Zak Neumann

By David Goodner Construction of the Dakota Access Bakken oil pipeline along the Iowa portion of the route is nearing completion, according to a statewide construction report from Dakota Access filed with the Iowa Utilities Board late Wednesday. The embattled $3.8 billion infrastructure project would move hydro-fracked crude oil from the Bakken oil fields of […]

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