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Editorial: Better, smarter workforce
Opinions/Editorials · January 30, 2015
Free community college sounded good at first mention during President Obama’s State of the Union address, but we think there are more practical ways of producing a more-educated workforce.

Minds and Matter: State wavers (waivers) on local controls
by Kevin Hatfield, School Superintendent · Opinions/Editorials · January 30, 2015
A recent decree from Governor Branstad and Education Director, Dr. Buck states that school early start waivers will no longer be granted to districts unless they can identify that “significant negative educational impact” will occur.

Senate Update: Student achievement lagging
by Bob Dvorsky, State Senator · Opinions/Editorials · January 30, 2015
The legislature and governor must make sure that every child gets the best education possible so that all Iowans can compete for the jobs of the future.

Editorial: Bullies, higher ed and vets
Opinions/Editorials · January 22, 2015
In his State of the State speech last week, Gov. Terry Branstad offered some bold ideas to address bullying, encourage higher education and boost opportunities for veterans looking for work.

Speaking Volumes: WARM up with a book again this winter
by Nick Shimmin, WB Public Library · Opinions/Editorials · January 22, 2015
For this Speaking Volumes, I wanted to just provide some information on upcoming programs that we have coming to the West Branch Public Library this winter.

Senate Update: Please stay in touch with me throughout this session
by Bob Dvorsky, State Senator · Opinions/Editorials · January 22, 2015
The Iowa Legislature gaveled in on Jan. 12 for the 2015 session. It was an honor to sign my name in the official register after being re-elected as senator for the people of Senate District 37, which includes Cedar County, portions of Johnson County and Wilton in Muscatine County.

Your Capitol Voice: Good and bad in Branstad’s speech
by Bobby Kaufmann, State Representative · Opinions/Editorials · January 22, 2015
The first week of session has come and gone and it was an eventful one!

Editorial: WB entering a busy year
Opinions/Editorials · January 16, 2015
Setting 2014 to rest, it’s time to consider goals and hopes for 2015.
The City of West Branch, West Branch Community Schools and Hoover Complex have a lot of irons in the fire right now — big-budget irons. And they’re getting ready to take some out and strike.

Soapbox Philosophy: Terrorists not helping their religion
Opinions/Editorials · January 16, 2015
Violence against people in the name of religion happens far too often, but the attack Jan. 7 on Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris added an element of attacking free speech, which is a broader attack on society as a whole.

Your Capitol Voice: Education, bridges, property rights: State gets started
by Bobby Kaufmann, State Representative · Opinions/Editorials · January 16, 2015
Hello and Happy New Year — this week marks the beginning of the 2015 Iowa Legislative Session.

Letter: Need a new name for ‘middle class’ in Iowa
Opinions/Editorials · January 16, 2015
Over the past few months State Senator Bob Dvorsky has repeated political rhetoric so often that it is time to set the record straight.

Editorial: OK, 2014: How’d it go?
Opinions/Editorials · January 08, 2015
So when we started writing this editorial to review how the community carried out the work of 2014, the weather had not been so bad compared to last year, but we had to reconsider that observation with the snow and cold from earlier this week.

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