Category Archives: Fairness

Fairness goes beyond Due Process, but Due Process is an element.

Pissed Off

A private sector employee from Iowa goes across the border on a Friday after work to Illinois and his friends ask if he wants a hit off a blunt.  He takes a hit and thinks nothing of it.  Recreational use … Continue reading

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Octopuses

When I was child in St. Ann’s Grade School, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was running to become the President of the United States.  JFK was a Catholic, just like Joe Biden.  The nuns, the priests, and most Catholics I knew got … Continue reading

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A Taxing Dilemma

Saturday and Sunday, August 7th and 8th, is the tax-fee weekend in Iowa for purchases of clothing and footwear.  What that means is that there is no addition of sales tax, state or local, on purchases of certain cloths or … Continue reading

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What IS the Age of Maturity?

A recent question in CityView, a Des Moines alternative newspaper, asked readers: “Should the minimum age to purchase tobacco products be raised to 21 in Iowa?”  All sorts of answers ensued.  One reader said tobacco should be outlawed and marijuana … Continue reading

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How much does it cost to buy a constitutional amendment?

How much do you think it would cost to amend the Iowa Constitution? To fund an amendment to the U.S. Constitution? Or, the constitutions of all 50 states? What staggering amount would you have to cough up to amend all … Continue reading

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Flaws in the Laws: Part I – Employment Drug Testing

Prior to 1987, there was no law that regulated drug testing of employees or applicants for employment in Iowa.  Employers were free to test an employee, or an applicant for employment, for any drug or substance with impunity.  Since 1987, … Continue reading

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