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  • Column: Sick day

    I can’t remember the last time I was truly sick with the flu. I had strep throat last summer, but it wasn’t that bad, and it came while I was on vacat ...
    Jan. 17, 2017 - 11:07 am
  • Let’s embrace transitions

    I am thinking about transitions from one way of living personally and our presidential administration transition and the dangers with both personal an ...
    Jan. 17, 2017 - 10:44 am
  • K-12 schools should be top priority

    The 2017 session opened last week, and it was exciting to meet many of my colleagues. Iowa is fortunate to have caring and dedicated representatives. ...
    Jan. 17, 2017 - 10:43 am
  • Column: Should of, would of, could of

    I’m in the process of celebrating my birthday. While technically the day of my birth is Jan. 15, I typically like to observe the greater part of the m ...
    Jan. 16, 2017 - 11:16 am
  • Revitalizing small towns and rural Iowa

    I’m proud to represent small towns and rural Iowa. We’ve faced some big challenges in recent years though, with more than 70 counties losing populatio ...
    Jan. 16, 2017 - 10:58 am
  • Worst of times

    Now that I no longer do a weekly TV show, I have more time to read my local paper. Sadly, that’s The New York Times.
    Jan. 16, 2017 - 10:58 am
  • Column: Trivia night at the Fore Seasons

    During the cold of winter, it is sometimes difficult to find things to keep yourself busy or entertained. Most outdoor activities work best in warmer ...
    Jan. 13, 2017 - 11:13 am
  • YPJC welcomes newcomers to first 2017 social

    Whenever I talk with people about Young Professionals of Jasper County, I often times hear the same questions: What is a Young Professional? How do yo ...
    Jan. 13, 2017 - 10:49 am
  • Customer service etiquette 101

    I may not be perfect (I mean, anything is possible), but when I do my job, I try my best to do my best. I spend a lot of my time doing my work quietly ...
    Jan. 13, 2017 - 10:49 am
  • The war on moderation

    January marks the 98th anniversary of the ratification of the 18th Amendment, more commonly known as prohibition. While Prohibition is remembered as o ...
    Jan. 12, 2017 - 10:34 am
  • Column: How BuzzFeed’s choice affects us all

    In the age of President-elect Donald Trump, you never know what you’re going to read when logging in to your Facebook news feed or opening the newspap ...
    Jan. 12, 2017 - 10:51 am
  • Broken drive shaft

    Around 8 p.m. my phone rang. It was Ginnie.  “My car’s making a bad thumping noise,” she said. “I’m pulled over at the Hy-Vee parking lot.  I’m afraid ...
    Jan. 12, 2017 - 10:34 am
  • Come together, right now, over football

    Is the NFL a barbaric distraction that diverts attention away from important issues facing the American public? Maybe.
    Jan. 11, 2017 - 10:23 am
  • The anti-science mainstreaming of mental illness

    The U.K.’s Daily Mail recently reported that 23-year-old Anna Teshu of Staten Island, New York, has gone missing. Teshu’s 15 minutes of fame began in ...
    Jan. 11, 2017 - 10:20 am
  • Discover Hope continues fight against addiction

    On behalf of Discover Hope 517, I would like to thank everyone who helped us address the issue of addiction in our community in 2016. Throughout the p ...
    Jan. 11, 2017 - 10:20 am