Congressional budget negotiators are moving to meet a December 13 deadline to produce, well, something. For weeks, we’ve been told to keep expectations low.
The Iowa Board of Education has taken a positive first step in attempting to raise Iowa student achievement by considering some deviations from the Iowa Core regarding reading, but a similar step needs to also be taken regarding math.
Tuesday, I found myself preparing for the Newton Chamber of Commerce Christmas Party and Award Ceremony, which happens tonight. It will be my first of many networking and social events as a Daily News staff writer.
I think everyone’s first car should be absolutely terrible. Just a real hunk-of-junk on wheels, a rolling disaster, I mean the epitome of the term “bucket.” I’m talking rusted out ’70s Ford Pinto bad here.
In the last few years of the 1960s and the first few years of the 1970s, hospitals were experiencing a period of growth in volume, facilities and funding. Financial performance was strong as the Medicare and Medicaid programs grew and health insurance benefits were offered to more and more people through their place of work. Increasing insurance coverage led to increasing utilization of health-care services and dramatic increases in health-care costs. By the early 1970s, skyrocketing health-care costs was front page news across the country. In 1973, Congress responded to the pressure to “do something” to reign in costs by passing legislation requiring every employer with more than 25 employees to include a Health Maintenance Organizatio
Delegates at the recent United Nations climate conference in Warsaw decided that one billion dollars a day, the amount currently being spent across the world on ‘climate finance’, is not enough. Far greater funding is needed to save the world from what UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calls the “greatest threat facing humanity.” That climate science is highly immature and global warming actually stopped 17 years ago was never mentioned.
“I’m OK, You’re OK” is the title of a former best-selling book. “I Stink, You Stink” is the reality behind many soured relationships.
Saturday morning, I had the pleasure of being a guest on the Racin’ Boys radio program on Sports Talk 810 WHB-AM. Hosts Scott Traylor and Kirk Elliott wanted to talk about NASAR’s purchase of Iowa Speedway last week and what it means for Newton.
In the wake of Senate action last week to restore the Senate practice that nominees receive an up or down vote, there has been a great deal of hyperventilating about whether the rules change is consistent with the intent of the Founders and what it means for the future of the Senate.
During the tugs of war that crop up in Washington during political debates and policymaking, it’s not surprising the act of legislating has often been compared to the art of sausage making. The give-and-take that has long characterized the legislative meat grinder on Capitol Hill has been put on the chopping block.
Iowa’s roads and bridges are in bad shape. That can make businesses hesitant to locate or expand here, and hinders efforts to grow our economy and create more good jobs.
Sal Alaniz Jr.’s phone rings at 2 a.m. He answers on the second ring; he was up anyway, prowling the internet.
It’s 4 a.m. Wednesday morning, the day before Thanksgiving, and I’m thinking to myself I am perhaps one of only four people in all of Newton who is awake.