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Fighting terrorism requires respect for Islam

Dec 12, 2015 by Rick Smith

Photo courtesy of Lance Theroux Fighting terrorism requires respect for Islam By Rick Smith How America’s politicians label the fight on terrorism is a critical issue dividing the two political parties. The Republicans have been unrelenting in their attacks on President Obama for refusing to use the term “radical Islam” when referring to terrorism. The GOP has attacked the...

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Not ready for Medicaid Managed Care

Dec 12, 2015 by Rick Smith

Not ready for Medicaid Managed Care By Kathleen O’Leary   With 25 days before the launch of turning Iowa Medicaid, which delivers needed services to 560,000 Iowans, to private Managed Care companies (MCOs), Legislators on the Legislative Medicaid Managed Care Oversight Committee heard how the MCOs are not ready for the January 1, 2016 beginning.   However, in a partisan...

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Youth: Pay attention to how the GOP votes

Nov 5, 2015 by Jerry

Youth: Pay attention to how the GOP votes By  J. Marshall Tormey, Urbandale Alexandra Smith, chairperson of the College Republican National Committee, encouraged the GOP to remember young voters in her Oct. 28 Des Moines Register opinion column [Republicans could win by remembering young voters]. She is right. More important, young voters should remember how the GOP has voted. The Republicans...

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Criticism of Privatizing Medicaid is growing

Nov 5, 2015 by Kathleen Oleary

Criticism of Privatizing Medicaid is growing By Kathleen O’Leary There are many, almost daily, articles in the paper concerning the rush towards the Privatization of Medicaid.   Rate of growing criticism of private, for profit companies delivering Medicaid services is shown by the rapidly increasing of online signatures on a MoveOn.org petition entitled “Iowa Governor Branstad’s plan to privatize Medicaid ...

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We need to get smart about guns

Oct 11, 2015 by Mark

We need to get smart about guns By Mark Challis, West Des Moines Each time a mass shooting happens, the Republican Party claims a nuanced response about the need to carefully screen applicants for gun licenses is trying to take guns away from law-abiding citizens. Ben Carson states he doesn’t like the government knowing where guns are, or who owns them....

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