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  • Plenty of open meetings seats still available

    OK, folks — here’s the deal. Your future is being planned without you.This has probably been happeni ...
    March 18, 2015 - 11:20 am
  • Fight, fight, fight for Iowa!

    I am an Iowa Hawkeye fan. I bleed black and gold. I spent four years at the University of Iowa getting my degree in journalism and visit several Satur ...
    March 17, 2015 - 10:24 am
  • Warm weather = happy people

    As I type, the current temperature is 70 degrees. My motivation for being inside, writing a column is well below zero.
    March 16, 2015 - 11:20 am
  • Bipartisan senate supports access to mental health services

    The state of Iowa needs to do more — not less — to ensure that all Iowans have access to mental health services.
    March 16, 2015 - 11:19 am
  • Take a walk on the wild side

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, not exactly but you know what I mean — of the new year. Birds are chirping and blue skies are smiling ...
    March 13, 2015 - 11:23 am
  • Technology does not guarantee transparency

    In theory, the changeover from paper to email should make government more transparent. The cost of archiving documents should be lower, because data c ...
    March 13, 2015 - 11:22 am
  • Expanding broadband for Iowans

    With today’s rapidly changing economy, we know broadband and Internet access have become essential parts of our daily lives. These have also become cr ...
    March 13, 2015 - 11:23 am
  • Crash into me

    My first car was a 1974 Ford Torino — deep blue with a soft top and a big 351 V-8 Windsor engine. It’s fate: The radiator cracked, the brake calipers ...
    March 12, 2015 - 11:19 am
  • Art judge

    Me, an art judge. Ha! But it happened. Two nice ladies from the Keokuk Fine Arts Council approached and asked if I’d be the judge for their tri-state, ...
    March 12, 2015 - 11:19 am
  • We love the Dinosaur Center!

    I love taking my girls new places and seeing their reactions to new experiences. Although we had already gone to the Science Center two years ago, my ...
    March 10, 2015 - 11:26 am
  • Real Colors, real insight

    Recently I took the Real Colors personality test as part of the Get to Know Newton leadership class I’m taking. I’ve taken the test before, but it was ...
    March 9, 2015 - 11:30 am
  • Convention of states

    When traveling through House District 28, a consistent theme I continue to hear from many folks is the need to address the out-of-control spending and ...
    March 9, 2015 - 11:29 am
  • Planes, trains and automobiles

    There’s an unconventional place in the world where a person can find a sense of unity while experiencing individuality and meditation. It’s a place wi ...
    March 6, 2015 - 11:40 am
  • Funnel Week at the Capitol

    This week, the Legislature hit the first self-imposed deadline we use to narrow the number of bills still eligible for debate, called the “funnel.” Wh ...
    March 6, 2015 - 11:39 am
  • Lenard Nimoy taught us much more than LLAP

    “I have been and always shall be your friend.” These were the words of Captain Spock as he consoled Admiral James T. Kirk while dying of radiation poi ...
    March 9, 2015 - 2:16 pm
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