Commentary, editorials from Reader staff.

Congressional Hearings on Enron Resemble a Toothless, Clawless Bear PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Editorials
Tuesday, 26 February 2002 18:00
The congressional investigation of the Enron debacle is frustrating, to say the least. Both House and Senate participants are clearly unqualified to probe the complex financial and political issues that characterize Enron’s dirty dealings.

March for Cultural Trust Fund PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 February 2002 18:00
The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (IDCA) has articulated a brilliant concept in the form of a bill currently before the state legislature to provide funding for arts and culture. The IDCA is asking legislators to appropriate $1 million annually for the next 10 years to help seed a new “cultural trust” for operational support of arts/culture-related organizations throughout Iowa.

Local Services for Valentine’s Day PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 12 February 2002 18:00
Several weeks ago, I wrote about two locally owned businesses that I recently discovered. This week I want to talk about three locally and woman-owned enterprises that I have been doing business with for many years, and make for good ideas for Valentine’s Day or any occasion.

Enron is Example of Failed Economic Model of Capitalism PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 February 2002 18:00
As the Enron travesty unfolds, promising to be the most diabolical and heinous corporate scandal in America’s history, perhaps citizens are beginning to awaken to the corporate terror being perpetrated upon us (is it any less terrifying to have your life’s savings, the resources you planned to live out your life with, wiped out by the very people you believed were protecting it?).

Who Gets the Ticket? PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 29 January 2002 18:00
The Iowa legislature is considering new legislation to curb the predatory practices associated with contract home sales. There is also legislation pending to undo the damage perpetrated on Iowans in 1996, when the legislature passed a law permitting “pay day loans” that allow usury interest rates, or “fees” as they are called, to be charged to consumers who utilize the service.

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