It is hard to imagine Norman Borlaug ever joining in singing “Jolene” or “9 to 5.” I can’t picture him harmonizing in a heart-tugging rendition of “I Will Always Love You.”

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Currently, our nation is wrestling with mind boggling problems relating to our 250-year history. The issues are complex and unfortunately highly charged with confrontational politics. In this wilderness, it is helpful to acquire some perspective on the very nature of history which may offer …

In a society saturated with politics, primary schools teach third-graders to check their racial privilege or lack thereof, and local television weather reports veer into climate science. Many people, finding insufficient satisfaction in just doing their jobs, grasp for the prestige and excit…

Iowans want to know what their local governments—county supervisors, city councils, school boards—are up to. They always have. The very first newspapers in many of the state’s counties regularly published local public notices, paid for by local governments. It’s an American tradition that go…

In a time of deep partisanship, clean water should be an obvious policy area where lawmakers can collaborate. It is crucial to the lifeblood of our country and ensuring its accessibility is critical to protecting American families.

Iowans have reason to be optimistic. The state and the country are getting back to business, but the reality is the COVID-19 pandemic scarred our economy. Although Iowa businesses are challenged by a lack of workers, nationwide too many people continue to struggle with unemployment. In order…

This weekend, we celebrate the 245th anniversary of our nation’s independence. As we use this time to celebrate our freedom with family and friends, we must take a moment to remember what Independence Day means to us as a nation.

Through the long arc of history, the Iowa Supreme Court has developed a reputation for judicial courage that often puts it ahead of many other courts when crafting groundbreaking decisions before important legal concepts become widely accepted.

In 1962, a little noticed news item said that Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles, which both Russia and the U.S. eagerly developed and tested, dumped vast quantities of exhaust pollutants into the atmosphere. In fact, in the stratosphere where the air is very thin, the ratio of rocket pollu…

The reason Democrats in Washington are increasingly frustrated is because their legislative ambitions far outstrip their congressional majorities. They have no majority at all in the U.S. Senate — it is evenly divided, 50-50, between Republicans and Democrats — and depend on Vice President K…

Too often these days, Americans and our government seem to be incapable of agreeing on what the best course of action is, regardless of the issue. This is especially true when we are talking about immigration and immigrants.

Have Americans still got the guts for democracy? In light of recent events in Washington, you'd have to say it's doubtful.

The last year has been difficult for all of us, especially our frontline healthcare workers and providers. Throughout the pandemic, our healthcare system was stretched to the limit and tested time and time again.

Just one percent of the U.S. population steps up to serve our country in uniform. That’s one percent of Americans that we call upon to sacrifice time away from friends and family to defend our nation from our adversaries. We owe an immeasurable debt of gratitude to these Americans who give s…

There’s no doubt about it: it’s been a long year. Just ask any small business, restaurant, or other employer across our state. Fortunately, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Because of Operation Warp Speed, we now have vaccines; and COVID cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are trendin…

Does President Joe Biden have a mandate to rebuild the United States? To remake American capitalism? To reshape the role of government? The president's Democratic supporters say yes. But the results of the election that brought Biden to office say no.

Michael Wood will tell us something about today's Republican Party.

I often share the lessons I learned growing up on my family farm in southwest Iowa. It was a great experience that taught me the value of hard work and lending a helping hand. It left me with a sincere appreciation for the grit and dedication of Iowa’s ag community and the folks across the h…

Cable news programming suggestion: Instead of filling every broadcast with the latest presumptive police outrage, try covering the latest drive-by killings. Show us more of what's really happening on the streets where we live. Newspapers and local TV are already on it.

The 2021 session of the Iowa Legislature will end in a few weeks, and one big issue moving toward a final vote would make charter schools easier to create as an alternative to the traditional K-12 public schools.

It started as one of those ridiculous controversies of the Trump era. In May and June 2017, then-President Donald Trump blocked a few Twitter trolls who were criticizing his tweets. The next month, those trolls, backed by Columbia University's Knight First Amendment Institute, sued the presi…

There is an uproar about the crisis on the border, with individuals crossing to the U.S. side without U.S. citizenship. I have been hearing about this crisis every year since I was an adult. The solution has been for the U.S. government to blame Democrats or Republicans.

In early March, President Joe Biden met with a group of seven historians in the East Room of the White House. One topic of conversation: Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal. "He'd like to be [FDR]," Axios' Mike Allen reported in an inside account of the meeting. "Biden's presidency ha…

"Racism is real in America, and it has always been," said Vice President Kamala Harris after a shooting in Atlanta left eight dead, six of them women of Asian descent.

Many years ago, during a conversation with an old lawyer, he made a comment I still remember: “You can sue the bishop of Boston for bastardy, but that doesn’t mean you are going to collect.”

On April 7, 2017, less than four years ago, a majority of Democrats in the U.S. Senate joined a majority of Republicans to sign a letter supporting the filibuster. The letter, to Senate leaders Mitch McConnell and Charles Schumer, began: "We are writing to urge you to support our efforts to …

Legends have power. They lend a sense of the history and memories of individuals, families, organizations, towns, states and nations and can be aspirational. We tend to believe our legends even when they (inevitably) abridge, simplify and sanitize our actual histories. And when a legend dive…

"Don't be scared, honey. Don't be scared," Joe Biden said to 8-year-old Layla Salas at a town hall meeting in Milwaukee. "You're going to be fine, and we're going to make sure mommy's fine, too." Layla said later, "When Joe Biden spoke to me, I felt more safe. ... It felt very comforting for me."

Things are looking worse by the hour for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Recently, a fourth, and then a fifth, woman came forward to accuse him of inappropriate behavior. At that point, Cuomo's support among top Democrats in New York began to crumble — apparently some were OK with three accusers…

"The challenge facing our schools is unprecedented," said candidate Joe Biden last July. "President Trump has made it much worse. We had a window to get this right. And Trump blew it."

Donald Trump says he has begun a political comeback campaign, telling the Conservative Political Action Conference last Sunday in Orlando, Florida, that he's considering a third run for the presidency in 2024.

During the 2020 campaign, candidate Joe Biden promised to undo President Donald Trump's border security policies. He pledged to halt all deportations for 100 days and allow asylum seekers who enter the United States illegally to stay in this country while their cases are considered, rather t…

"What any religious tradition ascribes as God's will is no concern of this Congress." New York Democrat Rep. Jerry Nadler, chairman of the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives, said this on the House floor during debate over the euphemistically named Equality Act.

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