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  • Iowa needs a bigger, stronger middle class

    Last Monday we gaveled in at the Statehouse to begin the 2016 legislative session. Over the next few months, we’ll be working to improve Iowa’s econom ...
    Jan. 18, 2016 - 10:47 am
  • Shop talk

    Approximately 2.5 billion adults around the world read print newspapers.92 percent of women ages 25- ...
    Jan. 18, 2016 - 10:47 am
  • Time to seize the day

    Extra! Extra! Read all about it! These famous words might have been used by newspaper boys around the turn of the 20th century. Those “NEWSIES” came t ...
    Jan. 15, 2016 - 10:52 am
  • Tell me your troubles

    I missed my calling.I’m not sure exactly when I became so wise, but I’m a master when it comes to di ...
    Jan. 15, 2016 - 10:52 am
  • God Bag

    With knowing hands, I opened the old lunch sack. There it was in my own hand writing on a piece of scratch paper. All the wants I had wanted years ago ...
    Jan. 14, 2016 - 10:55 am
  • Don’t base your vote on ‘winnability’

    When I stepped into a voting booth for the first time, I knew I was voting for someone I believed would be a good leader.
    Jan. 13, 2016 - 10:49 am
  • Working for you in 2016

    With the 2016 legislative session getting under way, I remain committed to my constituents Jasper and Polk counties. My primary job is listening to yo ...
    Jan. 12, 2016 - 2:58 pm
  • Winter Blues

    The time has come where my couch is no longer just for sitting and the stairs are a new, interesting place to watch what happens when you toss toys do ...
    Jan. 12, 2016 - 11:25 am
  • They say it’s your birthday

    My favorite childhood birthday party celebrated my fifth birthday. It could be because it’s so well documented in photographs, but when I look through ...
    Jan. 11, 2016 - 11:53 am
  • Review of 2015: Senate gets to work

    At year’s end, most Americans take stock of the previous 12 months and consider if they met their goals for the year. A review of one’s bank account, ...
    Jan. 11, 2016 - 11:52 am