Keep your elected officials honest. Read about local politicians and their decisions. Flag as Inappropriate

Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors. What's on your mind? What's on your mind? Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell something
Posts awaiting your approval 0
High-profile supporters like West Des Moines Mayor Steve Gear and his wife, Sally, are giving legislative leaders new perspectives about medical marijuana. (Patch file photo)
Esoteric Knowledge March 10, 2014 at 12:43 pm
Carl Babcock: And what's wrong with getting high, Carl?...Do you fear losing a world where everyoneRead More lives under your boot so you can delude yourself with a feeling of superiority? If you want to accuse someone for lying for their own selfish needs, maybe you should look in the mirror first instead of psychologically projecting your personality traits onto others!
Carl Babcock March 10, 2014 at 09:52 pm
Esoteric, Why are you so hostile? 1-Getting high makes a person a hazardous driver, for instance.Read More Better to get high on giving oneself to making the world a better place. 2-not feeling superior, just sharing info! 3-not accusing anyone of being a liar, just sharing info to someone who has been misinformed. 4- Sorry I touched a nerve. Please don't take it personally. Peace.
Jason M. March 12, 2014 at 07:47 am
Spreading misinformation doesn't help anyone.
Proposed legislation could make it legal for Iowans to buy and set off some fireworks, including Roman candles.
Anita Miller March 9, 2014 at 09:49 am
Right now you can get a permit to shoot until last year you only needed house insurance and $50.Read More Last year they require Trining in fireworks or a trained professional to be the one to shoot them. I think they should be sold here but should have the old regulations, and maybe a rule on how much open space you need to be able to shoot them.
James Windust March 9, 2014 at 09:57 am
You can buy Cigarette Lighters, Sparklers, Starting fluid, Kerosene, Gasoline, Solvents, and TarRead More & Bug Remover. Which produce sales tax revenue. And hundreds more. Drop the ban. Enjoy the new tax revenue ( Choice here ) 30-Day usage. Adult must show ID. Do not use 500 Feet from apartment complex, 1000 feet from shopping center, 1000 feet from any private or public owned school, hospital, Zoo, etc. Make it safe for everyone. Let' show Iowa we can be adults, and show our children we do care about safety. Let us make the choice.
David Tiffany March 10, 2014 at 07:01 am
The reporting is inaccurate. The ban was imposed because too many fireworks - explosive, notRead More sparklers - were causing severe injuries and major fires. Fireworks ARE explosives. I do not want us to be another Missouri. I want our citizens - especially our children - to be safe. Keep the law as it is.
Credit: Cranford Patch
Maria Houser Conzemius January 17, 2014 at 10:39 am
Interesting. The Republicans won't finance long-term unemployment benefits unless they areRead More "paid for" by spending cuts elsewhere. Well here's an idea. Pay for them by cutting taxpayer-funded subsidies to oil companies, who make billions of dollars in profits each quarter. It's obscene to subsidize wealthy and environmentally unfriendly oil companies while denying benefits to the long-term unemployed.
Credit: Tolland Patch
Tina A. January 7, 2014 at 09:19 am
And this year it snowed in Cairo (a desert) for the first time in over 100 years. Definitely weird!
Tina A. January 7, 2014 at 09:20 am
Credit: Getty
Tank Murdoch December 18, 2013 at 11:04 am
Keep putting your salvation in govt and you will reap a life sentence in poverty.
Maria Houser Conzemius December 19, 2013 at 11:12 am
Tank, both Republicans and Democrats are doing an excellent job of proving that our government isRead More dysfunctional at every level: federal, state, county, city, and school board. Just watch the Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors ruthlessly repress dissent as they close neighborhood schools and build new ones in surrounding suburbs to facilitate white flight and the collapse of constructive, walkable city neighborhoods. Yet despite constant increases in funding to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, they can't seem to remember to save out money for teachers and maintenance.
Mr. Clean December 29, 2013 at 02:27 pm
When it's the worst government rollout of any program in history, the worst website everRead More released,... it can only get better. It can't get worse.
Credit: Santa Monica Patch
Maria Houser Conzemius November 5, 2013 at 10:46 am
Obamacare holds much promise, but that promise has yet to be realized for millions who have tried toRead More log in and purchase a health care plan but have as yet been unable to. Apparently, California and other states have successfully signed up their residents with health insurance plans under Obamacare. There's hope that soon or eventually everyone will be able to sign up, but that hope hasn't been realized yet.
Credit: Petaluma Patch
Mr. Clean November 10, 2013 at 05:34 am
The only nonsense is you saying we're a Christian nation. Those building have Freemason symbols allRead More over them too. We're not a Freemason nation either.
Edith Murcer November 10, 2013 at 04:11 pm
In God we Trust on our money, God in pledge of allegiance and the 4th verse on National Anthem. TheRead More President finishes all major major speeches with "God bless the United States of America", oh and your hand on the bible in promising to tell whole truth in court. So Of course we are a Christian nation. Even marriage was founded within religion that liberals both despise yet want inclusion in this religious founded ceremony. Amen.
Mr. Clean November 11, 2013 at 08:13 am
Seriously? You don't think marriage exists outside of Christianity? Before Christianity? Wow.
Credit: Princeton Patch
Maria Houser Conzemius October 27, 2013 at 02:00 pm
Mr. Clean, I know you're being ironic. And thank goodness for that. One paranoid per blog post isRead More all I can take right now.
Jeff Klinzman October 27, 2013 at 03:05 pm
It's funny: Kevin Swanson says something very stupid about the Girl Scouts, and the only way we areRead More allowed yo show our "tolerance" for his pernicious stupidity is to remain silent, i.e. censor ourselves, and let Swanson's hateful diatribe pass without comment. I "tolerate" people like Swanson the same way I "tolerate" hemorrhoids: bear the pain until they go away. Steve, why do you hate America and true freedom?
Mr. Clean October 27, 2013 at 03:46 pm
I want lemon cookies now.
Credit: Fox Point-Bayside Patch
Maria Houser Conzemius October 13, 2013 at 11:52 am
According to Paul Krugman on ABC's 10/13/13 "This Week," California's transition to theRead More Obamacare exchanges has gone very well for 30 million people. That's 10% of the U.S. population of 300 million. The technological difficulties of the Obamacare rollout would be more prominent in the public's eye than they are if the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party hadn't shut down the government. Krugman said these software problems will be fixed because California has already done it right.
Sen. Chuck Grassley. Courtesy photo.
Maria Houser Conzemius October 11, 2013 at 02:29 pm
Don't ever use snail mail to send a letter to Sen. Grassley or any other senator or CongresspersonRead More to Washington D.C. anyway, an aide to Sen. Grassley once told me. He advised me to send snail mail to Grassley's office in Cedar Rapids instead so the mail wouldn't be delayed by anthrax investigations at the D.C. post office. That can delay U.S. Capitol mail for two weeks or more on a good day, much less when the government is shut down.