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Senate Update: Iowa failed to crack down on stalking this legislative session
by Bob Dvorsky, State Senator · Opinions/Editorials · May 27, 2016
While the 2016 session made progress on a number of fronts, there were disappointments for working families, crime victims, and sick and disabled Iowans.

Letter: Clinton, Trump: A vote for the least pathetic
Opinions/Editorials · May 27, 2016
The future of what I have long considered my Democratic Party in service to the American people, if it is to still have a meaningful one, lies with the masses of daughters, sons, grandkids, nieces, nephews and neighbor kids of us all.

Soapbox Philosophy: Important to Bill
by Gregory R. Norfleet · Opinions/Editorials · May 26, 2016
Normally this space is reserved for our weekly editorial, but I feel it appropriate for this editor to say a few words on the passing of a fine man, Bill Kron.

Your Capitol Voice: Scattergood protected in final bill language
by Bobby Kaufmann, State Representative · Opinions/Editorials · May 26, 2016
In my last column I touched on three successes of this year’s legislative session (balanced budget, more timely school funding, and property rights language) as well as three disappointments on issues that did not advance (higher school funding, water quality language, and medical cannabis).

Letter: Don’t know poppies? We must do better
Opinions/Editorials · May 26, 2016
May is a special month in many ways. We celebrate Mothers’ Day, graduations and Memorial Day.

Letter: Shame Iowa so high on list of bad puppy mills
Opinions/Editorials · May 26, 2016
This past week, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) issued its annual Horrible Hundred report, listing the 100 worst commercial dog breeding facilities in the country www.humanesociety.org/news/news/2016/05/horrible-hundred-2016-puppy-mills-exposed.

Letter: Trump not so hot on our 1st Amendment
Opinions/Editorials · May 26, 2016
As I watch Mr. Trump “campaign,” I wonder what about conservative values of small government and balanced budgets outweigh his disdain for First Amendment values?

Editorial: Welcoming Ambassadors
Opinions/Editorials · May 12, 2016
We hope the community will tip its collective hat the Main Street West Branch’s new Community Ambassadors program, a welcome wagon of sorts to introduce a variety of community representatives to the owners and managers of new businesses, or established businesses marking new milestones.

Guest column: May 19: Public invited to city strategy meeting
by Jonny Stacks · Opinions/Editorials · May 12, 2016
Join a group of creative, committed individuals working to make the story of West Branch come to life.

Your Capitol Voice: Balanced budget, school funding and RICL action all positive for legislature
by Bobby Kaufmann, State Representative · Opinions/Editorials · May 12, 2016
The 2016 Legislative is officially done.
We adjourned after 110 days a week ago Friday.

Letter: Trump takes center arena in GOP’s tent
Opinions/Editorials · May 12, 2016
Now that Donald Trump is the nominee apparent of the Republican Party, will establishment Republicans fold their not-so-big tent with big-elephant Trump having taken over the center arena trumpeting to masses of his supporting rubes, EAT CAKE, and they do?

Editorial: Step up to the plate, Herbie!
Opinions/Editorials · May 05, 2016
When the Washington Nationals baseball team revealed Racing Herbie, a mascot that looks like President Herbert Hoover, West Branch’s most famous son has something no other Racing President has: A presidential library and museum.

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