Stray Thoughts: There Are Important Lessons In Simplicity

Envy affects people in different ways. Some of us are motivated by the old adage of “keeping up with the Joneses.”

But I have no desire to keep up with them, or with the Trumps. I would not want to live in Trump Tower. Randy Evans
On Open Government
Randy Evans is the executive director of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council. He is a former editorial page editor and assistant managing editor of The Des Moines Register.

In Their Words: Free Speech On College Campuses In Iowa

Students, teachers and administrators share their thoughts about speech and expression boundaries on Iowa college campuses. READER ADVISORY:
Derogatory language in this report may be viewed as offensive.

Jim Bohannon: We Should Be Passionately, Shamelessly Promoting First Amendment Benefits

Jim Bohannon, host of the popular radio news talk programs “The Jim Bohannon Show” and “America in the Morning”, spoke Oct. 2, 2014, in Des Moines at the annual Celebrating a Free Press and Open Government Banquet about the power of the First Amendment, and work he says needs to be done to preserve the freedoms the Amendment promises. You may view his address here in two parts. RELATED:
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The banquet was hosted by the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism in partnership with the Iowa Freedom of Information Council and Iowa Newspaper Foundation. Additional sponsors were the Associated Press, Iowa Broadcasters Association and the Faegre Baker Daniels law firm of Des Moines.