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Did you get a tape-recorded message on the phone from Rep. Steve King last week?
  • Curious but cautious about Harper Lee’s book
    “It’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” That was the advice Atticus Finch gave to Jem during a signature moment in Harper Lee’s book, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” That may still be good advice, only this time it should be directed to the book. 
  • The way we care for  disabled citizens affects us all
    Kate was just 9 months old when her parents heard her diagnosis: “cerebral palsy.” She would spend her life in a wheelchair. She would need surgery to place metal rods in her back to correct the spinal curvature. The physical and intellectual impairments would be permanent. 
  • At gut-check time with abortion politics, is Ernst a Clinton in conservative clothing?
    It’s a line of a questioning most pro-life candidates don’t like. Count our new U.S. senator among them. 
  • President Hillary Clinton: King’s Divine Right of Kings?
    From Steve King’s lips to God’s ears. You can’t retract a prayer. But our congressman may be wishing he provided more direction and guidance to our maker should one Hillary Rodham Clinton take the presidential oath of office in 2017. 
  • King’s national  political event shows deep GOP bench
    In a single word, I would call the Iowa Freedom Summit, energizing. 
  • 20 takeaways from Steve King’s Iowa Freedom Summit
    1. Scott Walker is the real political deal. The Wisconsin governor — who went to grade school in Plainfield, Iowa — showed connectivity, policy bona fides and earnest seriousness. Walker focused effectively on education, which is where Iowans spend the majority of their state taxes. 
  • Who, now, will do a lot of things?
    “We are the guardians of justice in this state. We have an obligation to support justice and make sure that the system works for everyone.” 
  • If Art were around, I can hear him whisper, “Make it brief, Judge — not too much about me.” 
  • The considerable substance of Art Neu’s voice
    I’ll just come right out with it. Art Neu and I were in prison together. I’ll let that hang there for you to absorb. We were in prison. And not just one prison or some easy federal hideaway. Nine of them. All of the prisons in Iowa, in fact. 
  • Art Neu’s bold instinct: Name 26-year-old as Carroll police chief
    Thirty years ago next month, Mayor Art Neu appointed me chief of police for the city of Carroll. That alone isn’t that newsworthy until you consider this: I was 26 years old, with all of three years, eight months, and 24 days of law-enforcement experience.  (I am being specific with the time because it makes it sound like a lot more experience). 
  • Why Joni Ernst should select Carroll for a district office

    Let’s get right to the point. The City of Carroll should be considered for a district office for our newest federal representative, U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst of Red Oak.

  • Support the Carroll Area Child Care Center
    The Carroll Area Child Care Center and Preschool — established in 1978 as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with the Internal Revenue Service — works tirelessly toward its mission: to provide the highest quality childcare and educational services available, including the provision of food, rest, play, citizenship, habit training and general supervision to all children in the Carroll area. 
  • Identity politics weigh heavily in Iowa Democrats choice of narrator
    The least-known candidate for chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party is the best choice. 
  • Mayor Adam Schweers’ Theory of Everything Carroll

    Carroll Mayor Adam Schweers Dec. 3 delivered a wide-ranging half-hour speech to a crowd of about 40 people at the Knights of Columbus hall during a public forum on housing. Schweers said he was not trying to strong-arm a Kansas City, Kansas, developer’s 32-unit, affordable-housing complex into the city. An earlier meeting in which the Carroll City Council rejected local incentives to help the company leverage an application for federal tax credits through the state got “out of hand,” Schweers said.

  • Rejoice our freedom  to sing ‘Silent Night’  in peaceful Iowa
    One of the more gripping, inspiring Christmas stories I’ve ever heard doesn’t involve Tiny Tim and a bunch of lame ghosts. 
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