November 8, 1990
Does the city of Long Beach need to spend $16 million on banners, painted logos and "barriers" to hide dangerous-looking buildings (Times, Nov. 4)? Does changing the language we use to refer to downtown Long Beach give the appearance of improvement? This has got to be the most bonehead idea that the City Fathers have ever pursued. Especially when in the same section of the paper was an article titled "Murders Up 25% in L.B. from the same period in '89." Instead of spending $16 million to give the appearance of an interesting and livable city, use the money to improve the police force.
January 11, 2004 |
The Des Moines Register, Iowa's dominant newspaper, endorsed Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina as the best choice in the state's Democratic presidential caucuses on Jan. 19. The paper, in an editorial today, said that among the Democratic contenders, Edwards has "most eloquently and believably" expressed the party's view that President Bush's policies favor the wealthy.
September 12, 2004 |
When postal worker Steve Miller proposed in 1985 to fellow council members of Riverside that the town designate itself the "future birthplace of Capt. James T. Kirk," they went for the idea. But, Miller recalled, one group in town wasn't so sure. "The toughest thing I had to do was go down to the senior citizens dinner and explain to people in their 70s and 80s who'd never seen 'Star Trek' how a fictional character was going to be born here." It wasn't that Trekker Miller had had a vision.
January 26, 2013 |
Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, a liberal Democrat and a champion for Americans with disabilities, announced Saturday that he will not run for reelection next year, deciding that 40 years in Congress is enough. Harkin's retirement gives Republicans a chance to pick up a Senate seat during next year's midterm elections. They need to gain six seats to retake control of the Senate. But Sen. Michael Bennet, who chairs the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said Harkin's early announcement gives the party ample time to recruit a strong candidate to run next year.
April 26, 2012 |
No. 23 Detroit Lions: OT Riley Reiff, Iowa - Reiff bounced around the line as a freshman, playing at various spots before replacing Bryan Bulaga (a first-round pick of the Packers) at left tackle as a sophomore. Reiff started all 13 games at left tackle as a junior before deciding to turn pro. If there's a knock on him, it's that his arms are a tad shorter than typical for a left tackle. Comment: Reiff is more of a right tackle playing on the left side. But he was good value for the Lions here with many expecting him to go earlier.
November 3, 2012 |
DUBUQUE, Iowa - President Obama waxed sentimental Saturday night about the closing days of his final campaign for office in an appeal to the voters who put him on the map. Standing under a bright yellow gingko tree as he spoke in a town square here, Obama asked several thousand supporters to help him win Iowa just one more time. “I started my presidential journey right here,” he said. “You know me by now. You may not agree with every decision I've made ... but you know I say what I mean.” Five years ago, Democratic caucus participants gave Obama the first win of the primary season, erasing suspicions that the young senator could give a good speech but wasn't a bona fide contender for the party nomination.
October 25, 2013 |
Coincidence or not, Ted Cruz's appearances in Iowa this weekend come as Texas' tea party senator and his wife appeared to be trying to humanize the potential 2016 presidential candidate, who is both loved and hated, even among Republicans, for his faux-filibuster and failed government-shutdown strategy. On Friday night, Cruz is scheduled to speak to a crowd of about 600 at the state Republican Party's big Ronald Reagan fundraiser in Des Moines. (The appearance is to be live-streamed at www.desmoinesregister.com )
October 25, 2012 |
INDIANOLA, Iowa - Friday was senior night at Indianola High School, the Indians set to play the Lincoln Railsplitters in the last home game of the season. First, though, came a dose of tradition, celebratory and sweet. Every football player, cheerleader, cross-country runner and band member poised to graduate in spring marched down the track, their names and plans called out over the public address system as the shivering crowd cheered. Bob Kling did the honors for the marching band's seniors: Samantha Barth, Central College, pre-med … Hannah Hayden, Concordia University, Christian education … Travis Huss, undecided.
August 10, 2007 |
Iowa carved out its place on the political map in the 1970s, when longshots George McGovern and Jimmy Carter used strong showings in the state to power their campaigns to the Democratic nomination. Tradition has helped the state maintain its first-in-the-nation status. But every four years, politicians in other states protest that Iowa is too small (roughly 1% of the U.S. population) and too white (about 95%) to properly represent the rest of the nation.
November 27, 2008 |
The national fight over same-sex marriage is coming to a peak in Iowa, where the state's highest court will hear arguments next month over whether the state's ban on gay unions is unconstitutional. The debate over the future of Iowa's Defense of Marriage Act, a decade-old law that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman, comes after a ruling by a lower court judge last year.