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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Rape is rape, nothing else is (06/28/16)
Let me begin with a simple declarative. Nothing, I repeat, nothing, is like being raped. Rape is a horrific invasion of the most sacred thing we have, our bodies. So, it infuriates me to hear celebrities and politicians minimize rape by equating their life experiences to being violently victimized, or by using their powerful public platform to blame victims...
Readers Respond (06/21/16)
When I spoke at the Rockefeller Fund Conference on Pipelines and Eminent Domain last week, I emphasized that if we're going to argue against the abuse of eminent domain for a pipeline, we truly have to get to know the landowners and tribes who sit in a pipeline company's crosshairs. (Read the full text of my speech here.)...
Time for a Nonviolent Assault on Our Blood-Stained Congress (06/14/16)
After the horrific shooting in Orlando there are some facts we might want to consider: A homegrown (US-born, US citizen) Islamist terrorist committed the worst mass shooting in US history. The NRA defends the right of everyone--including terrorists--to obtain, possess, load, and carry assault weapons...
Iowa school choice is the right choice (06/14/16)
The Iowa General Assembly (IGA) needs to change the K-12 educational system for Iowa students from the current geographical-assignment system to a complete school-choice plan where the tax money allocated follows the child as soon as possible in order to bring all the benefits research has shown these plans provide to our state. ...
Readers Respond (06/09/16)
Recently Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa reintroduced legislation - S. 2911 - that would make it unlawful for a meatpacking company to own, feed, or control livestock intended for slaughter. According to the National Farmers Union, livestock ownership among a few multinational firms restricts competition, puts farmers and ranchers on an uneven playing field, and increases the chances of market price manipulation. ...