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The latest victim in the war on whistleblowers

June 3, 2015 Jeffrey Sterling learned the hard way that the feds will throw the book at anyone who embarrasses them. Jeffrey Sterling recently stood before a judge as his sentence was read. more »»

Laws of nature

May 25, 2015 Following are immutable laws of nature, many of which you will already know from personal experience. . more »»

Nonviolence for whom?

May 12, 2015 If violence isn’t the answer, somebody should tell the police. Ferguson. New York. Baltimore. more »»

Why not travel to Cuba?

March 23, 2015 Scuba diving off Varadero Beach shouldn’t land you in hot water with Uncle Sam. If you’re an American citizen, you’ve got one of the most valuable passports in the world. more »»

Ingenious ideas from the internet

March 17, 2015 This should really say “copied by Rick Deines” since it is taken from an email a friend sent to me. Sharpen a pair of scissors by cutting a sheet of sandpaper. more »»

Call the advertising police!

March 2, 2015 That sound you hear is my own advertising siren sounding, hoping to arrest some of the ads that now flood television. more »»

A mythical right for bigotry

February 23, 2015 Anti-LGBT activists are masking their bigotry as a quest to protect "religious freedom. more »»

Deflategate? What about povertygate? Or hungergate?

February 10, 2015 Can we step back from the “Deflategate” controversy for a minute or two? Why the moral outrage over about a dozen footballs that were under-inflated? I know it is wrong but on a scale of 1-10 with... more »»

Enhanced misinformation techniques

February 3, 2015 Torture supporters outnumbered opponents 2-to-1 on major news shows. more »»

Investing in schools keeps Iowans competitive

January 27, 2015 Iowa schools are crucial to a world-class education that prepares students for good jobs and strengthens our middle class. more »»

Iowa courts expand their successes

January 18, 2015 The Chief Justice of Iowa’s Supreme Court, Mark Cady, told legislators last week that Iowans can be proud of our state’s court system, which is one of the best in the nation. more »»

Don’t shortchange our students

January 17, 2015 Your advocacy is needed. The impact of the governor’s school funding proposal is far below what is necessary to finance Iowa’s schools. The governor is proposing to increase per pupil spending by 1. more »»

Regent funding formula must be re-examined

January 9, 2015 The regents funding task force was to study and recommend needed change to the funding formula which divides a $500 million “pie” between the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the... more »»

Torture doesn’t save lives, It costs them

January 6, 2015 This is the kind of knowledge that damages the soul. more »»

New year to focus on job creation, fiscal responsibility

January 5, 2015 We capped off 2014 with promising news on the economy. That means we can continue to make both fiscal responsibility and job creation top priorities in 2015. more »»

Focusing on the middle class and job training

December 23, 2014 It has been observed that a good number of school children think the first day of the year is sometime in late August when they return to school. more »»

The country has spoken: Time to change direction on tax extenders

December 10, 2014 While the dust is still settling from the mid-term elections and the pundits are trying to figure out what it all means, the American people have made their collective voices heard and delivered a... more »»

‘Black Friday Blues’

November 28, 2014 Shoppers will be lining up at the crack of dawn on “Black Friday” for spectacular deal. more »»

Will Christie make the right decision?

November 21, 2014 With the midterm elections behind us, the attention of many across the country will now turn toward our state and its unique role in national politics. more »»

Not just one day, but a lasting commitment

November 12, 2014 Let us first state the obvious. Veterans Day is for those who return from war. Memorial Day is for those who have not survived. more »»



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