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Opinion

District 53 Newsletter: March 9, 2023

Editorials

This week we entered into the Debate phase of the session, sending bills to the Senate, and a few to the governor’s desk. This week, Iowa House Republicans passed Senate File 75 to establish licensure in Iowa for Rural Emergency Hospitals. This bill was a priority bill for the ...

Public notices belong in newspapers

Editorials

Some members of the Iowa Senate do not think that public notices published in newspapers remain relevant and necessary. A bill filed in the newly formed Technology Committee just over a week ago moved through committee in two days and last week moved through the Ways & Means Committee in ...

Sen. Annette Sweeney’s Week 7 Newsletter

Editorials

When I begin the newsletter for the week, it is a reflection of what has transpired and also looking to the next week. There is an old saying here at the legislature, "Session normally starts out like a freight train, slowly gets up speed, and then don't get in front of it!" Not true this ...

Letter to the Editor: Hawkeye Community College

Letters to the Editor

As the Board of Trustees for Hawkeye Community College, we’re committed to ensuring the public's investment in Hawkeye is protected. In 2015, voters approved a bond referendum to help the college fund a 10-year facilities plan. This came at a pivotal time in Hawkeye's history. It not only ...

The Weekly Scoop: Edition 6

Editorials

The lowa Legislature is underway in promoting a sustainable budget for taxpayers along with our new State Treasurer, Roby Smith. For the State of lowa to prosper, economic prosperity is critical. The State Treasurer fits in with agencies such as Department of Revenue, Department of ...

District 53 Newsletter: Feb. 23, 2023

Editorials

This week a second hearing was held regarding inappropriate books in our public school libraries. In its first hearing, the Govt. Oversight committee heard five Iowa moms share their experience challenging books in their child’s school library or curriculum that were not age appropriate. ...

Dengler Domain: Farming

Local Columns

As the weather warms up and farmers pull the machinery out of the shed to make the final tune ups before planting, I am lucky, blessed, and excited to have this be my first year on my own farming. If you asked me when I was a kid playing my PlayStation 2 if I wanted to be a farmer, it would ...

District 53 Newsletter: Feb. 16, 2023

Editorials

I filed a bill again this year, House File 153, that seeks to provide grants for the demolition of abandoned school buildings in small towns and rural areas. Many of these old school buildings have been sold off for a pittance and then left to rot by their owners. We have perhaps hundreds of ...

The Weekly Scoop: Edition 5

Editorials

Our state is on the right path. Earning the respect of the people must be maintained if we wish to trust state government, seeking solutions and creating laws to allow surrounding midwestern states to follow our example. The low House is doing just that! There were great results from the ...

On Nature: Alaskan Oil Drilling

Local Columns

In the recent State of the Union address, President Biden touted his commitment to reducing climate change, but there is concern that his administration is about to take a big step backward. The Bureau of Land Management is poised to approve the Willow oil drilling project in the ...