When former U.S. Rep. Ed Mezvinsky was making his first run for Congress during the Watergate scandal in 1972, the question of whether President Richard Nixon should be impeached was not on voters’ minds.

It’s no secret that Washington politics have become so polarized that it can be tough for Democrats and Republicans to come together to tackle challenges that their constituents face. But that’s exactly what happened recently on Capitol Hill thanks to Iowa’s Congressional delegation.

As this year nears its end, the Grassley family is grateful for another fall harvest. Like other family farms across Iowa, our three-generation farming operation experiences many of the uncertainties blanketing our profession.

The Iowa Board of Regents is being asked this week to consider a complex proposal to turn the operation of the University of Iowa’s utility system over to an unnamed business that will be paid to operate it for the next 50 years.

Mark Cady was right at home at the piano and was an occasional singer, too, maybe best known among family and friends for his rendition of “Easter Parade” each New Year’s Eve — a whimsical tidbit that widened the eyes of some people at his funeral last week.

Sir Walter Scott, a Scottish author and novelist (1771-1832) was correct when he said “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” The phrase may apply to Walt Rogers’ September 30 Des Moines Register op-ed titled “Claims Iowa isn’t spending enough on education don’t …

Thirty million people in this country don’t have access to health care. And the rest of us? Too many Americans have such inadequate plans they can barely afford to take their kids or parents to see a doctor.

Americans are concerned about the high price of drugs. The pharmaceutical industry has become a system rife with gaming. Profits are regularly prioritized over patients. Laws meant to encourage innovation, recoup private investment, and ensure patient access are too often manipulated to supp…

If we want to win, we can’t worry about what the other side will say about us, and we need to advocate for the best interest of the country day in and day out.

VALDOSTA — Jimmy Carter, the longest living U.S. President, turned 95 Tuesday.

TAIPEI, Taiwan — What happens on Hong Kong Island does not stay there. The ongoing tsunami of discontent washes over this island, which, like Hong Kong, is navigating the choppy waters of relations with the same large and menacing mainland neighbor. This nation — which is such psychologicall…

Rural communities are struggling to keep health care services available to their residents. 

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — It is difficult to discourage and impossible to manage Justin Amash because he, unusual among politicians, does not want much and wants nothing inordinately. He would like to win a sixth term as congressman from this culturally distinctive slice of the Midwest. He do…

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I’ll save some readers a little time and declare my fandom for the Knoxville Panthers, St. Louis Cardinals and Iowa State Cyclones.

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A McDonald’s receipt is my last memento of my mother. It’s dated a dozen days before she died.

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I was perusing Facebook this past week and came across two of our local media outlets reporting on the recently held walking audit, which included information regarding a Traffic Engineering Assistance Program (TEAP) study from 2015. This report reviews several traffic concerns and identifie…

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Whether you’re a kid or you’re fishing with one, there’s something beautiful about a bobber plunging into a lake.

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The shade of an apple tree wasn’t enough to keep me cool Sunday, but it reminded me of an important story a friend once shared.

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Mrs. Wall was my first real authority figure. A grandmotherly kindergarten teacher, she left little doubt who was leader our squirrelly pack of five-year-olds. Especially at nap time.

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If anything proves my undying optimism, it’s my garden. For the past 18 years, I’ve tended a tenth of an acre, but my roots go back to a little patch behind my boyhood home.

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The internet is an amazing place where people go to hope and hope goes to die.

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The orange of their jail jumpsuits was about all they had in common.

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I’d hoped to see a friend amid the snow Saturday at the March for Our Lives outside the state capitol. She’s a Knoxville High School senior who cares about keeping her school safe from mass shootings.

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A song has been stuck in my head since Saturday night. “We’re All in This Together” was the catchy climax to Knoxville High’s production of “High School Musical” last weekend, but more than the melody, it’s the image I cant shake.

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All the world’s a stage, a wise man once wrote.

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Write what you know, they say, which is why I’ve never written about wrestling.

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KNOXVILLE — Local leaders and school staff shared hours of insights in November about how the Knoxville Community School District can best serve its students and partner with the community. On Tuesday, the Knoxville school board began the hard task of prioritizing what was gleaned from those…

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