Editorial: Due diligence sometimes not enough

Iowa needs to change its gun-permit laws to give its county sheriffs more discretion when deciding who gets a gun permit and who doesn't. The current system renders even the most thorough background checks almost useless by denying sheriffs the ability to act upon their findings.

Bianchini: Stop using the R-word

Individuals can tear someone down verbally just as quickly as they can physically. The worst part is that they may not even realize it.

Wilhelm: Listen to Iowans

When asked about Iowans too poor to afford health insurance, Gov. Terry Branstad talks about health-care saving accounts, increasing co-pays, and people drinking at open bars at weddings. While it's not the governor's fault that he has no idea what it is like to live in poverty, it is his fault when he refuses to help Iowans who do.

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