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Gold Star teachers represent excellence in the Cedar Valley

It has become a time when people in area education circles take note. Last week, 10 area teachers were announced as 2015 Gold Star Award teachers.

May 01, 2015 6:00 am(0)

Incentives for business expansion is a good problem for city to have

Incentives for business expansion is a good problem for city to have

As we've said before, it's a nice problem to have: A debate over whether to provide public incentives for a business expansion.

May 01, 2015 6:00 am(0)

A lasting lesson from Vietnam

A lasting lesson from Vietnam

"What lessons did we learn from Vietnam?"

April 30, 2015 6:00 am(0)

Effort creates a place for all vets and their organizations

Sometimes, mergers just make a lot of sense. Whether that is in the business world, government services, school districts – or any number of e…

April 29, 2015 6:00 am(0)

China's jailing of journalists

This editorial appeared in a recent Washington Post:

April 28, 2015 6:00 am(0)

New citizens can give us renewed appreciation

The words, “Congratulations, you are now citizens of the United States,” are a pleasure for U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge Jon S. Scoles to speak.

April 27, 2015 6:00 am(0)

City’s denial of liquor license is a predictable waste of time

Here we go again.

April 26, 2015 6:00 am Related



Plant a tree for the future

Lucy Larcom's life spanned a good portion of the 1800s. She was a teacher, abolitionist and poet. One of her best known works is titled, "Plan…

April 24, 2015 6:00 am(0)

Inclusive park could provide access and important lessons

We’ve placed our editorial support behind a wide array of fundraising campaigns over the years. A story earlier this week has us wishing succe…

April 23, 2015 6:00 am(0)

After 45 years, Earth Day still conveying important message

Earth Day events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970 and is celebrated in …

April 22, 2015 6:00 am(0)

Communities and students benefit from ‘Leader in Me’

Over the past five years, the “Leader in Me” program has been spreading across school buildings in the Cedar Valley.

April 21, 2015 6:00 am(0)

Inclusion makes the Cedar Valley a stronger community

We are again in the midst of running a series of articles focused on inclusion. The stories already appeared in Inclusion magazine, a Courier …

April 20, 2015 6:00 am(0)

Cedar Falls changes strategy in quest to improve schools

The Cedar Falls School District has been listening intently to residents following last September’s failed $118 million bond levy referendum f…

April 19, 2015 6:00 am Related



City needs to enforce its own policy on roadside memorials

A council decision on an ordinance that would clearly state roadside memorials are not to be placed on public property could be coming next week.

April 17, 2015 6:00 am(0)

Iran's absurd persecution

The following editorial appeared in Tuesday's Washington Post:

April 16, 2015 6:00 am(0)

Cedar Falls School District keeps the lines of communication open

There are more meetings coming up concerning the facility needs within the Cedar Falls School District.

April 15, 2015 6:00 am(0)

Memo to Iowa Legislature: Finish school funding now

We're tired of Iowa schools being held hostage to political gamesmanship in the Iowa Legislature.

April 14, 2015 6:00 am(0)

Food safety inspections lag as funding stagnates

A story last week should have caught the eye of those who dine out frequently.

April 13, 2015 6:00 am(0)

Observe existing review process if pulling a book from classrooms

Anytime a book is pulled from school classrooms, it’s bound to create a bit of a stir.

April 12, 2015 6:00 am Related



Civil War diorama offers unique perspective and history lesson

Civil War diorama offers unique perspective and history lesson

A common phrase circulates on genealogy and scrapbook websites, popping up frequently as a suggested space filler for the margins in family albums:

April 10, 2015 6:00 am(0)

We may not be so lucky next time

The 4-year-old boy who was shot while playing in his home last week was released from the hospital Tuesday.

April 09, 2015 6:00 am(0)

Community eagerly awaiting the Veterans Park expansion

All who serve their country in the military, or other important capacities, deserve our thanks for putting their lives on hold on our behalf.

April 08, 2015 6:00 am(0)

Gallagher felt a deep-rooted responsibility to community

The Cedar Valley lost one of its greatest supporters when Ed Gallagher Jr. passed away Sunday at the age of 89.

April 07, 2015 6:00 am(0)

Support still needed for rebuilding of Island Park Beach House

For local supporters of a new Island Park Beach House in Cedar Falls, rebuilding efforts have turned into a long and sometimes frustrating process.

April 06, 2015 6:00 am(0)

Downtown Cedar Falls depot is landmark worth preserving

Downtown Cedar Falls depot is landmark worth preserving

The announcement Regions Bank was vacating one of Cedar Falls’ most historic landmark buildings has some local history buffs uneasy.

April 05, 2015 6:00 am(0)

It is time to implement anti-bullying strategies

While previous efforts have died at the Statehouse, bipartisan support for substantive ant-bullying legislation is looking better this year.

April 03, 2015 6:00 am(0)

Worthy compromise on Iowa's school start dates

Compromise seems to have won out in Iowa on at least one issue – settling, for now, a longstanding debate over school start dates in Iowa.

April 02, 2015 6:00 am(0)

Help support veterans and Memorial Hall, buy a brick

If you're a veteran, if you're related to a veteran, if you care about a veteran or if you even know a veteran, now's the time to stand up and…

April 01, 2015 6:00 am(0)

In addition to protection by law, graves deserve respect

In addition to protection by law, graves deserve respect

The East Janesville United Methodist Church served its congregation for more than 140 years, baptizing, marrying, counseling and eventually bu…

March 31, 2015 12:00 pm(0)

Iowans beware: Presidential candidates are arriving soon

Iowans beware: Presidential candidates are arriving soon

Closely following his announcement he will run for president, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is making a stop in Cedar Falls on Thursday.

March 30, 2015 6:00 am(0)

Waterloo civic foundation presents new opportunities

In 1956 the Waterloo Civic Foundation was established by a group of visionary citizens to support nonprofits and initiatives in their community.

March 29, 2015 6:00 am Related



Historic YWCA and its patrons are deserving of the investment

The YWCA in Waterloo is one of the oldest human service agencies in Black Hawk County and serves some of the most at-risk people in our area. …

March 27, 2015 6:00 am(0)

Gadson joins impressive list of champions from Waterloo

Gadson joins impressive list of champions from Waterloo

Still crying over your broken NCAA men's basketball bracket sheets?

March 26, 2015 6:00 am(0)

UNI’s basketball season is one for all to be proud of

Having one of the best seasons in school history doesn’t automatically equate to a string of victories in the national basketball tournament.

March 25, 2015 6:00 am(0)

Senate Democrats at fault for trafficking act impasse

The following editorial appeared in Saturday's Washington Post:

March 24, 2015 6:00 am(0)

Benefits of white-water course in Cedar Falls fun to ponder

The approval to fund design work on a Cedar River dam has ratcheted up discussions of a possible white-water paddling course in Cedar Falls.

March 23, 2015 6:00 am(0)

Housing incentives are necessary to compete

Waterloo remains in competition with other Northeast Iowa communities when it comes to development and housing.

March 22, 2015 6:00 am Related



Citizens’ input can help shine light on government dealings

By Rox Laird and Mike Hodges, co-chairs, Iowa Newspaper Association Government Relations committee

March 20, 2015 6:00 am(0)

Spring break offerings are a great experience for kids

We are certain the legendary broadcaster R.J. McElroy would be proud of the way his namesake trust and Waterloo downtown organizations have pu…

March 19, 2015 6:00 am(0)

Transparency in government, accountability always essential

Transparency in government, accountability always essential

We are now in the middle of Sunshine Week, -- a time to impress upon all citizens the importance of open and transparent government.

March 18, 2015 6:00 am(0)

Everyone must hear this plea

Shots fired.

March 17, 2015 6:00 am(0)

'Selling Waterloo' was Elmore's specialty

It always gives us great pleasure to talk about people who sincerely love Waterloo and the Cedar Valley.

March 16, 2015 6:00 am(0)

Credit due to those who searched for Evelyn Miller, pursued justice

Credit due to those who searched for Evelyn Miller, pursued justice

Jurors in Hamilton County this month capped a criminal investigation that began a decade ago. The group -- seven women and five men -- unanimo…

March 15, 2015 6:00 am(0)

City leadership will include both hardships and criticism

Earlier this week, Waterloo Mayor Buck Clark announced he would not be seeking a fourth term when November elections roll around.

March 13, 2015 6:00 am(1)

Iowa medical marijuana law desperately needs upgrading

Over the years we have generally supported the legalization of certain marijuana derivatives for some medical situations. That’s simply been a…

March 12, 2015 6:00 am(0)

Students continue to impress with dance marathon benefit

Every year the University of Northern Iowa Dance Marathon comes up with more impressive results.

March 11, 2015 6:00 am(0)

Panthers continue to thrill area sports fans

Panthers continue to thrill area sports fans

Congratulations to the University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team on a Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship.

March 10, 2015 6:00 am(0)

Budget process a difficult balance

Last week, the Waterloo City Council approved a city budget for the next fiscal year, and each member deserves thanks for their work during th…

March 09, 2015 6:00 am(0)

Time to clean up problems with prison’s construction

The problems that have prevented a new prison from opening in Fort Madison are quickly turning the situation into one of the more notorious fi…

March 08, 2015 6:00 am Related



Help maintain sanctity of funeral ceremonies

Many states, Iowa included, have passed laws keeping funeral protesters at some distance. It’s a sad commentary that such rules need to be cre…

March 06, 2015 6:00 am(0)

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