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Editorial: Problems at juvenile home

A recently released Board of Education report says that the Iowa Juvenile Home is woefully understaffed and underfunded. This report comes after months of controversy surrounding seclusion techniques used at the home, which prompted Governor Branstad to convene a special task force to recommend improvements to the facility and scale back the home's use of seclusion as punishment.


Tilly: A credible threat

The United States Treasury estimates that by Oct. 17, they will no longer be able to fund the government unless they are allowed to resume borrowing money by Congress. For that to happen, the House and Senate will have to raise the debt ceiling - an essentially arbitrary cap on government borrowing that must be raised periodically to accommodate the nation's growing debt.


Guest column: Repeal the 21 ordinance

America has a dysfunctional coming of age ritual with alcohol. It's tacitly OK to start drinking in your late teens, as long as you don't get caught. That makes access to alcohol, while not difficult, still a valuable commodity for the coming of age person, emphasizing the link between adulthood and alcohol and encouraging overuse when the "forbidden" (nudge wink) fruit is available.


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