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Editorial: Branstad, STEM and schools
Opinions/Editorials · January 19, 2017
We hear many people, including teachers, cite West Branch’s public school system among their top reasons for moving to the community.

Speaking Volumes: Trouble with tablets? Lost in your laptop? Bring it in on Thursdays to get some help
Opinions/Editorials · January 19, 2017
The West Branch Public Library has several events coming up over the next few weeks that I wanted to let you know about.

Senate Update: Branstad-Reynolds proposal will weaken courts’ ability to make Iowa a safer state
by Bob Dvorsky, State Senator · Opinions/Editorials · January 19, 2017
In his annual State of the Judiciary address, Chief Justice Mark Cady laid out the importance of investing in our courts and why it matters for families, public safety and all Iowa taxpayers.

Your Capitol Voice: Reviewing guv’s pitch for 2017
by Bobby Kaufmann, State Representative · Opinions/Editorials · January 19, 2017
The 2017 General Assembly is officially underway. My first column of the year will focus on how the year is looking from a 20,000 foot view rather than diving into specific issues.

Letter: Do Trump’s tax returns show ties to Russia?
Opinions/Editorials · January 19, 2017
Donald Trump presents himself as a man that in satisfaction of nothing more than whim will disrupt anything he cares to.

Editorial: Deep breath ... and dive into 2017
Opinions/Editorials · January 12, 2017
On the national stage, we will next Friday see the inauguration of President Donald Trump.
We will also see Republican majorities in the U.S. House and Senate.
And, here in Iowa, Republicans will assume majorities in the state House and Senate.

Letter: Dick Rex key to downtown’s revitalization
Opinions/Editorials · January 12, 2017
News travels slowly before it reaches the wilderness of Downeast Maine, where I live, so it was only recently that I learned of the death of Dick Rex.

Editorial: Much done in 2016, not all
Opinions/Editorials · January 05, 2017
It’s time to look back on key issues and projects as they progressed over the past year.

Letter: Misplaced fears of war refugees out of Syria
Opinions/Editorials · January 05, 2017
It was good to read the article on refugees by Keegan Sotelo in the Dec. 15 issue of the Bear.

Letter: Not enough data to prove growth coming
Opinions/Editorials · January 05, 2017
During the school board’s information forum on their proposed referendum, school board President (Mike) Colbert stated that there are predictions indicating a potential increase for future student enrollment.

Letter: Proud to be a Democrat and Obama backer
Opinions/Editorials · January 05, 2017
I am proud to be a Democrat.

Letter: Trump should seek feedback before tweeting
Opinions/Editorials · January 05, 2017
President-Elect Donald Trump’s nightly tweeting appears to have stirred up a little active fascination around the world that must leave many people agog at how Trump can late into the wee hours of the night keep coming up with such a broad range of presidential policy tidbits.

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