Same-sex marriage is in the news a lot recently. From Utah to D.C. to Oklahoma, there are battles being fought in the courtrooms and capitol buildings across the country on the issue. So just why is it that this one group, who only comprises a small percentage of our population, is getting so much attention?

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Last year many advancements were made in providing equality to the LGBT community across the country. More and more states now recognize marriages, regardless of the couples’ sex, and a federal ban on non-heterosexual marriages was lifted by the Supreme Court.

The Affordable Care Act has many opponents for many reasons. If it seems as though the issue is being hashed and rehashed ad nauseam, that is only because it is. As the signature legislation of our current president, the health care law has become a source of division among our government and acts in many instances as a representation of our political differences.

Fall is well underway and that means one thing for many Iowans: hunting season is here. Whether they go dressed in camouflage or blaze orange, thousands of hunters have already started their yearly harvest. Many more are eagerly awaiting the final seasons of the year, namely, early and late shotgun season for deer.

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Sexism, racism and any other unjust discrimination are ugly realities. No one can reasonably say — even in today’s age — that these are merely unpleasant memories. The truth of the matter is, there are still those out there who view others as intrinsically lesser because of gender, skin color and a host of other personal or outward descriptions.

The Obama administration has recently been under heavy fire from seemingly all sides for the debacle that the Affordable Care Act rollout has become. One of the more piercing commentaries on how the president and his office have mishandled the health insurance reform is his famous promise that “If you like your insurance plan, you can keep it.” This is contrasted sharply with the multitudes of Americans who are now being notified that they cannot, in fact, keep their insurance plans.

Last Friday, Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Geneva to attend talks between the Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Zarif, and the foreign policy leaders of numerous world powers. The talks centered around the international sanctions levied against Iran for its nuclear program.