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This week the House Ways & Means Committee, on which I serve, took up House File 648 — this bill legalizes sports betting in Iowa, and puts sports betting under the oversight of the Racing and Gaming Commission (which already provides oversight of Iowa’s casinos); the bill also legalizes…

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When I hear politicians talk about abolishing the Electoral College, it immediately makes me think about the impact on the state of Iowa. It would be devastating. The ripple effects would render Iowans’ voices moot in the general election and bring an end to Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucus…

From Netflix, Spotify and Amazon Prime to Blue Apron, Birchbox and beer of the month, your debit or credit card statements are likely littered with subscriptions that are costing you dearly.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated itself an organization hostile to women and people of color.

The Muslim community has been inundated with an outpouring of love, sympathy, support and condolence in the wake of New Zealand shooting.

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March Madness always provides plenty of opportunities for finding Cinderellas. While the first two rounds will offer plenty of upsets, the key to lasting success in handicapping the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament is finding the right sleeper to win the title.


Many Americans are outraged by the college admissions scandal revealed by the FBI Tuesday. The scandal involves celebrities and wealthy investors who allegedly bought their children’s way onto college sports teams and cheated to improve their children’s SAT and ACT scores.

The same Democrats outraged by Donald Trump’s alleged offenses against the First Amendment passed, as their first priority, a speech-restricting bill opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

On behalf of the team that put together the Kayla Fuegen Sellers benefit, I’d like to offer a big, heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped with the benefit, provided donations, and attended the benefit event on March 2 at Gil’s Ballroom.

Democratic socialism is having something of a moment. It isn't just Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; since President Trump was elected, the membership of the Democratic Socialists of America has grown nearly tenfold. Admittedly, that amounts to only 56,000 members, so it remains …

How does a team show class and respect to their opponent and sport? Is it shaking your opponent's hand? Losing with grace? Winning with respect? Or is it something more?

This week was funnel week, which means by the conclusion of this week, policy bills need to be voted out of at least one committee to remain eligible. Due to this approaching deadline, there were many long and late-night committee meetings to determine what legislation will make its way to t…

Recent letters to the editor have promoted universal medicare coverage for all. The last major change had promised that you could keep your doctor, and it would provide dramatic reduction of the cost of medical care. This did not work on either issue.

United Way of Clinton County, Iowa funds allow Family Resources to provide sheltering and housing services to survivors of crime in Clinton County, Iowa. Without funds from United Way, survivors of violent crimes would not have access to services.

I may be fairly unique for someone who went to college and med school in the 1960s and 1970s in that I have never used any drugs, including marijuana, and never intend to. However, looking at the reliable information available concerning the pros and cons of marijuana use, I find there is a …

This week we were visited by 51 students from seven different schools representing the Clinton Gateway ImpACT Coalition as well as the Camanche-DeWitt Coalition. They had the opportunity to meet with the Governor and other legislators and discuss substance abuse issues that are currently fac…

The death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment and it has no purpose in our civilized society. All people should know that our death penalty system is tremendously flawed: it is unfair, racially biased and costs taxpayers more than life imprisonment.


Angels Care Home Health from Davenport is collaborating with the Clinton Public Library to offer a Community Classroom series. Once a month they will visit and talk about a specific topic. Join us for a discussion on how together we can get help for “Depression and Anxiety.” Generalized anxi…

Robert Kraft’s name will now long be associated with one of the most despicable scourges of modern life, and rightly so.

I found the recent column in your paper titled “Medical perspective on marijuana use” to be both grossly wanting and frustratingly inaccurate. The author, Dr. Anis Ansari, makes several sweeping claims about the plant that are both unsubstantiated and harmful to the larger debate that is cur…

It appears we are living through a period of historical records. For those of you living in this area, we have managed to get through most of the coldest winter on record. We are also close to the record for snowiest winter as well. Closer to my usual topic, the current economic expansion is…

Work continued last week in the Legislature on a number of topics. During the sixth week of the session we discussed issues ranging from organ donation, landowner hunting rights, financial literacy and special education.

Editor’s Note: Due to a technical error, a letter to the editor published Feb. 12 and attributed to Dr. Anis Ansari was printed in error. This is Dr. Ansari’s correct submission.

Having in the past always being limited to 500 words or less in any letter to the editor I have submitted, I was particularly miffed at the fact the Clinton Herald allowed a personal attack on me to run over 840 words.

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