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Editorials

Community Outlook: Gladbrook Mayor Keith Sash

Winter is almost over and spring is supposed to be here this week and I finally got around to writing one of these letters. I did see about six robins this last week and the snow is almost gone. Some spring flowers are coming up and I think the eagles are on the nest at the lake so maybe we can ...

Sen. Edler: Cornfields, Common Sense and Community

The seventh week of session was busier as many bills moved out of committee. Next week is the first funnel week of this legislative session, meaning all Senate policy bills need to be out of Senate committees in order to be considered for the rest of the year. This deadline will narrow the ...

Rep. Fisher: District 72 Newsletter

In my last newsletter I reported on the use of the “Black Lives Matter” curriculum in the Ames Community School District (ACSD) and that the Government Oversight Committee would be holding a public hearing on the issue. This hearing was a result of parents in Ames contacting the Republican ...

Legislative Editorial: Rep. Dean Fisher

The 89th Iowa General Assembly has begun. There is much the same as previous years of course, but much that is different as well due to the Wuhan virus. We continue to social distance, we are meeting in larger rooms, and we are taking care to minimize the number of meetings. What hasn’t ...

Cornfields, common sense and community

Dear Constituents, I hope this finds you all well and healthy. Our state has been through a number of unique challenges since my last newsletter and I am proud of Iowa’s determination to persevere and rise above the derecho and all the complications from the pandemic. The Legislature has ...

Editorial-Madison Westwater, senior Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School

According to the National Mental Health Institute, approximately twenty percent of all Americans will suffer from a mental illness or disorder at some point in their life. Despite this high frequency, there are a lot of negative misconceptions, stigmas, and just plain lack of common knowledge ...

Editorial-Paul D. Pate Iowa Secretary of State

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month and that made it the perfect time for the Iowa Legislature to approve the Safe at Home Act. I proudly support this legislation, which passed the Iowa House 100-0 last month and the Iowa Senate on April 15, 45-0. The Safe at Home Act provides ...

Guest Editorial-John Hughes, CEO Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center

As many of you may know, Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center (MMSC)will be building a 75,000-square-foot Outpatient Center as Phase 1 of a 3 phase hospital replacement. The new facility will be located on 30 acres at the southwest corner of the intersection of Highway 30 and Highway14, ...

Unfinished Business by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley

During the tugs of war that crop up in Washington during political debates and policymaking, it’s not surprising the act of legislating has often been compared to the art of sausage making. The give-and-take that has long characterized the legislative meat grinder on Capitol Hill has been ...