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  • I’ve run out of patience with ‘Kanyadians’

    There are certainly heavier subjects to take on than celebrity behavior. Nearly any military who have recently returned from overseas duty would proba ...
    Feb. 18, 2015 - 10:54 am
  • A bridge too far?

    A key principle to employ when expenses outweigh revenues is making sure that government is operating as efficiently as possible. Raising taxes should ...
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 10:46 am
  • Keeping away the big, scary monkey

    It took just a few months shy of four years, but we finally had our first lasting bad dream. My oldest still takes the occasional nap and when I picke ...
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 10:46 am
  • End bullying in Iowa

    A couple of years ago I spent a lot of time reading, researching and learning about bullying in schools. Amid the mounds of material that is available ...
    Feb. 16, 2015 - 11:04 am
  • Iowa invests in teacher leaders

    Iowa has become the first state to create a teacher leadership system designed to boost student achievement, increase teaching expertise and raise the ...
    Feb. 16, 2015 - 11:04 am
  • Caucus recognizes importance of rural economy

    Over the past 50 years, many rural communities have experienced a significant decline in population. We must all work together to repopulate those are ...
    Feb. 13, 2015 - 11:53 am
  • The truth about marijuana

    I’m proud of the teens in Henry County for helping shatter the myths about marijuana use. They partnered with other teens across the U.S., and the Nat ...
    Feb. 12, 2015 - 11:53 am
  • Budget dysfunction calls for a sea change

    The president released a nearly $4 trillion budget proposal to Congress in February that would grow the government. America needs to grow the economy.
    Feb. 12, 2015 - 11:54 am
  • Fun with my snow bunnies

    I am hoping, without much faith, that the past snow fall is the last of the year. As beautiful as a white, sparkling, snow covered town can be, I am m ...
    Feb. 10, 2015 - 12:11 pm
  • Rules: How the political class silences the voice of everyday Iowans

    One of the housekeeping items at the beginning of every new General Assembly, is the adoption of rules. Each standing committee in both chambers adopt ...
    Feb. 10, 2015 - 12:11 pm
  • Kindness shouldn’t be avoided

    “Excuse me, ma’am, can you help me?”I understand not everyone wants to stop and help a stranger. We ...
    Feb. 9, 2015 - 11:35 am
  • Improving access to quality healthcare services

    Becoming the healthiest state in the country isn’t just about eating nutritious foods and making time for exercise. Iowans also deserve access to affo ...
    Feb. 9, 2015 - 11:35 am
  • Home Base Iowa helps connect veterans to potential employers

    This week, Major General Timothy Orr, the Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard gave the annual “Condition of the Guard” address to a special jo ...
    Feb. 6, 2015 - 12:08 pm
  • Mentholatum

    I had been priding myself that I had not had this cold and flu that’s going around. If I ran into a neighbor at the supermarket, who looked like death ...
    Feb. 5, 2015 - 11:39 am
  • Some words simply don’t feel ‘manly’ to say

    All the talk about “deflategate” over the past couple of weeks has left me feeling deflated.While I ...
    Feb. 4, 2015 - 11:50 am
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