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Last week was the first funnel week in the legislative session. This means that most bills that have not yet a been approved by a committee are dead for the session. This is our way of narrowing down the bills that we will still deal with. However, because a bill passes a committee does not …

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Budget Presentation – Below, please find the link to the City’s website that contains the budget presentation that was provided during the City Council’s Feb. 18 Study Session. A main point in the draft budget is the continued implementation of prior year’s public safety staffing recommendat…

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Iowa’s health care system continues to exist in a state of crisis. Not only is the number of Iowans without health insurance rising, but the cost of insurance premiums and co-pays continue to increase. Since July, over 3,400 prescription drugs have gone up an average of 10.5%, with one type …

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The Senate has passed a proposed constitutional amendment stating that there is no right to an abortion in the Iowa Constitution. Unelected Supreme Court judges ruled two years ago that the right exists in our Constitution even though the word abortion does not appear in it anywhere.

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Upcoming City Council Meetings – This is a reminder that the City Council retreat is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, February 15. The next regular City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 18. As always, the City Council agendas and meeting materials may be accessed on th…

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House and Senate lawmakers have yet to resolve their differences on school funding for the upcoming school year. I find this particularly interesting since both Chambers are controlled by my Republican friends. During debate on Tuesday, House Democrats offered a plan to invest $133 million i…

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Water Resource Recovery Facility – Found below are two links from the city’s website. The first link is to the news release regarding the City Council’s approval of a construction contract for the WRRF. This release and accompanying fact sheet were distributed to media outlets throughout the…

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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I have been very surprised by the number of voters in my circle of friends and acquaintances who have the mistaken idea that the proposed “Courthouse” on the square will once again provide the services that the previous one did for the past 80 years...collect taxes, register and license vehi…

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At the Candidate Forum for Indianola City Council, there was a question about whether there were any conflicts of interest by any of the candidates. Candidate Heather Hulen said she would recuse herself from any vote dealing with the YMCA, where she is the Executive Manager.

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I am writing this letter to ask the registered voters of the Indianola Community School District to give serious consideration to voting for Kevin Schlomer for school board.

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Iowans are bearing the brunt of inaction from Washington. Special interests are pouring money into our politics to halt progress even before it begins – we can feel it on our farms, on main streets, and by the lessening healthcare options in our communities.

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Hello, I am Shirley J. Clark and I am seeking your vote on November 5th. This is for the City of Indianola, At-Large position. I believe that my current and past experience on the City Council is important.

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