Congress is back in session today and that means it’s time to start writing and calling our reps again. Need a topic? Here are a few, but there are many other issues as well. […]
We must support existing incentives for charitable giving by protecting the full scope and value of the tax deduction for all forms of charitable gifts. Charitable giving incentives encourage donors to give more, but under the Senate tax reform proposal, charities could see a staggering loss of up to $13.1 billion in contributions annually.
“Boys will be boys” is a phrase that gets ingrained in everyone’s head from a young age. However, not once in my life have I heard the phrase “girls will be girls.” I came face-to-face with this realization a few weeks ago when something circulated my high school that would change the community forever. […]
Happy birthday, reader. I know, Nov. 8 is probably not your literal birthday. But if the day holds any significance for you, I imagine some part of you changed a year ago on this date. How could you not? I’ve changed, you’ve changed, your friends have changed, politics has changed, the meanings of things such as borders or violence or truth have changed. […]
The Notorious RBG reminds us all how to effect lasting change. When asked what advice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had for young women today, she answered with: “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”
At your very first school board meeting, you voted to approve a laundry list of school construction expenses. One of them was $28,000 to pay for balancing and conditioning mechanical systems at the new Hoover Elementary school. You were told by the ICCSD facilities manager, Duane Van Hemert that the extra money was required because the work wasn’t written into the original construction contract that the district allowed the contractor to write, and that it was work required by law. […]
The opening of the Rapid Creek Cidery at Wilson’s Orchard on Dingleberry Road has been noted in several media stories applauding the project. While I am agnostic about the new building itself, there is an aside to the cidery story that should concern all county citizens. The cidery offers unique amenities, but those came at a high price and I hope they remain one of a kind.
The item in the June 2015 agenda was simple: An application by Wilson’s Orchard for a conditional use permit for a retail orchard and winery. As defined in the Johnson County Code of Ordinances, a retail orchard is “land used for the growing and limited sale of trees, fruits, vegetables and the retail sale of assorted products not produced on site.” The ordinance defines a cidery as “a facility for the preparation, marketing and distribution of (cider). May include a tasting room or sales area.” Good for Wilson’s, I thought. Not thinking those definitions would be abused, I did not attend that meeting. […]
By Loren Glass and Kathrina Litchfield After Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway coined the phrase “alternative facts” in January, George Orwell’s 1984 shot to the top of the Amazon bestseller list and has remained a bestseller ever since. Apparently, bookstore clerks weren’t joking when they moved dystopian fiction to current events. Like the Ministry of Truth, […]
By Robert David Even as a kid, you did not get a “do-over” in my neighborhood without a fight. Accidentally tap the white pool ball with the cue stick, or shank a punt on the grassless vacant lot — it counted. Your bad, dude. Not my problem. If you yelled like a stuck pig, flailed […]
By Jason B. Lassner Two recent events suggest that we Iowans are serious about addressing the scourge of cell phone use while driving: a 12-0 vote by the Iowa Senate Transportation committee in favor of making it a primary offense and Governor Branstad’s support for requiring the use of hands-free technology. I don’t believe that […]
By Stacey Walker Every now and again it seems the universe bestows upon humanity one of those ethereal and affable personalities that end up changing the world for the better. Here in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, we had one of those personalities in Dr. Percy Harris. As far as heroes go, he was the exemplar. Born […]