THE MINI: Our government tells us the unemployment rate is at a decades low. If this is so, why are there so many "help wanted" signs in front of so many businesses? - Roger L. Wilson, Moville, Iowa
Iowa's economy runs on CO2.
If Congress wants to cut spending, they should lead by example. Take a 20 percent cut in wages. Stop using the federal subsidies that pay 72 percent of the cost of their insurance. Start paying their own insurance. Cut out the free perks they use. Julie Karrer, Lawton, Iowa
Snow; a dirty four-letter word. --David Atkins, Sioux City
HF 3 is currently an Iowa bill about SNAP and Medicaid that needs some work. Share your stories with lawmakers.
THE MINI: The Department Of Defense was recently audited to account for $3.5 trillion of it's assets. The DOD could only account for 39% of its assets. Maybe they should check Biden's garage to see if he has a tank, howitzer or Humvee sitting next to his Corvette. - Duane Behrens, Sioux City
THE MINI: How many times is the White House going to claim the Republicans are going to cut Social Security and Medicare and how many times do the Republicans have to assure the American people they are not going to cut those programs? - Richard Satter, Sioux City
THE MINI: The Associated Press recently reported that President Biden will end the COVID-19 emergency on May 11. Upon hearing that, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the immortal words of NYPD Lt. John McClane (aka Bruce Willis) in the movie "Die Hard," when he said, “Welcome to the party, …
THE MINI: After seeing the horrendous video of the Tyre Nicols beating and subsequent aftermath of that event, one should be reminded that often times it is the content of one's character, and not necessarily the color of one's skin, that defines one's actions. - Bill Weber, Sioux City
THE MINI: I read with great interest the front page article about the State limiting the lengths of trains in Iowa. If Rep. Siegrist is getting upset waiting for a train to pass, it will be interesting to see how he handles standing in line and having to wait for his electric car to be charg…
We’re told that if public schools were better, there wouldn’t have been a need for this “voucher” law. I have worked in both public and private schools for years and the difference is not staff, it’s the students.
Congrats to Rep. Randy Feenstra and Sen. Chuck Grassley for supporting the bipartisan Rural Opioid Abuse Prevention Act, signed into law by President Biden last December.
THE MINI: They are not school vouchers, they are education "stamps." Parents receive "supplemental assistance" to purchase education for their children in the private sector. - Randy Bradley, Sioux City
THE MINI: Thank you to the nine citizens who put their hat in the ring for the County Board of Supervisor vacancy. May the best woman win! -- William F. Burrows, Sioux City
I have yet to meet anybody that opposes abortion on NON religious grounds. What happened to our founding father's principle of separation of Church and State? Please let those who wish to follow individual religious abortion path to do so; and those that wish to follow their nonreligious abo…
The Siouxland Youth Athletics relinquished its lease of the six softball and youth-sized baseball fields at Riverside Park in the fall of 2022. New bids came from The Arena/Hesse Foundation and Westside Little League, both looking for expansion of softball and possibly baseball programs. A c…
I believe this country has achieved greatness through of the rise of the middle class largely because of public education of the general population. The bill in the Iowa Legislature to provide state funding to parents who enroll their children in private schools is coming up for a vote soon,…
"If we are not providing a foundational education for our children, then we are failing." - Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, 2023 condition of the state address.
THE MINI: Ask yourself: What did I do Monday to commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.? - Journal Editorial Board
THE MINI: To be clear, did anyone interpret Certified Supervisor Woodbury County Chair Matthew Ung's proposed New Rules as a way to restrict taxpayers' input to the Board reducing Citizens Concerns on the Agenda from two items to one at the end rather than at the beginning of the meeting? - …
THE MINI: So not only did the school district waste $1.3 million on space that is now going to be closed but it sounds the the kids got a crappy education to boot. Real good use of taxpayer money. Way to go school board. --JoAnne Steckelberg, Sioux City
Congratulations to reporter Nick Hytrek on the three-day, well-crafted piece of journalism explaining the "suicide by cop" story, concerning the shooting death of Michael Meredith.
I disagree with the plan for the conversion of Sixth Street to a three-lane road. It's a major artery through downtown and constricting it would cause rush hour back-ups and delays.
THE MINI: Consider these the "chipper" days of winter. Get out there while it's warm and chip that ice off your driveway. - Journal Editorial Board
THE MINI: Falls can kill when going down stairs. Do it backwards. If you fall forward, only about 2' or 3' handrails is a big help. -- Don Kessler, Sioux City
When I was a child I grew up on 16th and Court streets. In those days kids ruled the neighborhoods, nobody tried to hurt or bother us... and homelessness was not a common sight.
‘Tis the season to be jolly, but not for everyone. When I asked a friend of mine how his Christmas was, he answered, “Someone decided to light around 50 fireworks in my neighborhood tonight (these trigger my PTSD big time).” My dear friend is a veteran who fought in combat. I cannot imagine …
THE MINI: With all the pay and benefits ex congressman Steve King has received and continues to receive on the Public Dole, is he really squabbling over $550? Bah Humbug! --William F. Burrows, Sioux City