Vouchers, RAGBRAI, Hayden Fry, and Rekha Basu
...throw in a poem. a trip to California, and some sensitivity training and a welcome newcomer
Our columnists weighed in on the most radical push to privatize schools the state has experienced. Dave Busiek, Laura Belin, Art Cullen, Ed Tibbetts, and even John Naughton cover the topic, with our sports writer quoting high school coaches on the impact.
Belin’s take on the IDP chair race:
Welcome to our newest Iowa Writers’ Collaborative member, Macey Spensley. She’ll lower our collective age curve a few notches. We look forward to reading her perspective, not too far away from becoming a college graduate.
SUZANNA DE BACA
Columnist Kyle Munson sums up the only-in-Iowa tradition of RAGBRAI in his column this week by telling us about one of the first riders.
RAGBRAI represents both a fixed destination and an infectious ideal. It has become an acceptable way for adults to run away to the rural Spandex circus each summer. The rest of the year we strive (and too often fail) to live up to the spirit of “RAGBRAI Nation” in our everyday lives: goodwill to fellow travelers, no bike locks, no ego, no stress, etc.
Four days ago, Julie Gammack announced a new venture she and former Register columnist Rekha Basu are cooking up:
What the hell happened to Iowa?
Nik Heftman uses his television production skills to tell stories about businesses owned by people of color through his column series, The Seven Times. Catch this week’s piece:
Our Waterloo columnist tells a heartwarming story about Coach Hayden Fry and a football player.
Our heartland chronicler, Robert Leonard, is always up to something interesting. Catch his post from Friday, and look forward to his perspective on a variety of topics:
One of our newer members is Kurt Meyer, who writes about evolving perspective on insensitivities to Native American culture in this week’s column, It’s a start:
The majority population of this state is not regularly offered stories about immigrants to Iowa and the United States. Columnist Jane Nguyen is changing that here in the Iowa Writers’ Collaborative.
She introduces readers to various new voices through Mary Swander’s Emerging Voices column. This week, we glimpse how a young climate activist from Iowa City sees the world around him. Here’s a piece by Massimo Paciotto Biggers:
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Iowa Writers’ Collaborative Columnists
Laura Belin: Iowa Politics with Laura Belin, Windsor Heights
Doug Burns: The Iowa Mercury, Carroll
Dave Busiek: Dave Busiek on Media, Des Moines
Art Cullen: Art Cullen’s Notebook, Storm Lake
Suzanna de Baca Dispatches from the Heartland, Huxley
Debra Engle: A Whole New World, Madison County
Julie Gammack: Julie Gammack’s Iowa Potluck, Des Moines and Okoboji
Joe Geha: Fern and Joe, Ames
Jody Gifford: Benign Inspiration, West Des Moines
Nik Heftman, The Seven Times, Iowa and California
Beth Hoffman: In the Dirt, Lovilla
Dana James: New Black Iowa, Des Moines
Pat Kinney: View from Cedar Valley, Waterloo
Fern Kupfer: Fern and Joe, Ames
Robert Leonard: Deep Midwest: Politics and Culture, Bussey
Tar Macias: Hola Iowa, Iowa
Kurt Meyer, Showing Up, St. Ansgar
Kyle Munson, Kyle Munson’s Main Street, Des Moines
Jane Nguyen, The Asian Iowan, West Des Moines
John Naughton: My Life, in Color, Des Moines
Chuck Offenburger: Iowa Boy Chuck Offenburger, Jefferson and Des Moines
Barry Piatt: Piatt on Politics: Behind the Curtains, Washington, D.C.
Macey Spensley, The Midwest Creative, Davenport/Des Moines
Mary Swander: Mary Swander’s Buggy Land, Kalona
Mary Swander: Mary Swander’s Emerging Voices, Kalona
Cheryl Tevis: Unfinished Business, Boone County
Ed Tibbetts: Along the Mississippi, Davenport
Teresa Zilk: Talking Good, Des Moines
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