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Letter to the editor: Johnson County, wear your mask!

By Kent Williams, Iowa City Last weekend I visited the North Dodge Hy-Vee, the Coralville Hy-Vee. Only about half the people were wearing masks. When I’ve visited other businesses, the people working there weren’t wearing masks. At my chiropractor’s office, no one was wearing a mask. If you visit the popular stores near Kalona, no […]

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Letter from Joe Bolkcom: Iowa’s workforce crisis, dangerous prisons and neglected state parks are the result of GOP policy

Iowa’s workforce crisis and rural decline can be traced to irresponsible Republican tax and economic policies year after year. Their actions bring to life the words of their puppet master Grover Norquist who said, “I’m not in favor of abolishing the government. I just want to shrink it down to the size where we can […]

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Letter from Joe Bolkcom: Are rural Iowa communities better off today than they were five years ago?

By Joe Bolkcom, Iowa Senator, Iowa City Iowa Republicans’ tax and economic policies have hollowed out Iowa’s small communities and rural landscape. Their big business approach to every problem have resulted in everything getting bigger: worker shortages, farms, packing plants, chemical and fertilizer companies, tractors, consolidated schools, convenience store chains, food and childcare deserts, CAFOs, […]

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Letter to the editor: White nationalists’ war on woke

By Mary Gravitt, Iowa City White nationalists are waging a war on woke, accusing crowds of African-Americans of using woke as a code word against White privilege, which nationalists declare is a communist/socialist plot. Woke is Black slang which originated from two sources: Spike Lee and the Bible. Blacks have always been castigated for speaking […]

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