Editorial: Fix Iowa's deficient bridges

Madison County, Iowa is known for its old-timey bridges, but as it turns out the rest of Iowa has an abundance of old, rickety bridges as well. According to a recent report from Transportation for America, Iowa has the third highest rate of structural deficiency among its bridges in the United States. More than 5,000 of the state's 24,465 bridges - 21.2 percent - are structurally deficient.

Beall: A prize for Monsanto

The World Food Prize, sometimes referred to as the Nobel Prize for food and agriculture, was just awarded last week in Des Moines to 3 genetically modified food scientists and the decision has rightfully stirred up controversy. The controversy isn't just about what they have done but who they work for. All 3 are executives at chemical companies, including Robert Fraley who is the vice president and chief technology officer for Monsanto Company Inc.

Overton: Don't be cheap on sales tax

Iowa City residents will likely rejoice in learning that they can keep a little more money since the local-option sales tax recently expired. In 2009, voters approved this 1 percent sales tax increase to fund flood mitigation and recovery projects, raising $34 million. But before you race celebrate the area's falling taxes, keep in mind that the Iowa City government now has to scramble to make up for a loss of what will amount to over $50 million in property tax revenue over the next 10 years.

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