“Late Fall” My husband, Peter, and I are spending time “up north” with my parents at their cabin by the lake. Fall is late this year. I mentioned this to Peter on the drive north.
Once again my mind is turned to the stark contrast between generations when defining “the future.”
Q: What is the Farm Credit for Americans Act?
“Bad-News Expert” It’s not always easy living with me. But my husband, Peter, has to.
“The comfort of the rich depends upon an abundant supply of the poor.”—Voltaire
Q: What do parents need to know about “rainbow” fentanyl?

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“Late Fall” My husband, Peter, and I are spending time “up north” with my parents at their cabin by the lake. Fall is late this year. I mentioned this to Peter on the drive north. “Aren’t the leaves supposed to change color at the same time every year?” I asked. “I thought they changed when the...
Once again my mind is turned to the stark contrast between generations when defining “the future.” As a concept, the future for older generations is something that can be prepared for—financially, familially, or otherwise—while for the younger generations, the inevitably of instability—...
Q: What is the Farm Credit for Americans Act? A: As part of my ongoing crusade to protect the family farm and U.S. food security, I introduced this bipartisan legislation with Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, who also serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee and is the chairman of the Senate Banking...
Before you finish reading this, 20 people in the United States will be abused by an intimate partner. That is how prevalent domestic violence is in our country. It’s an epidemic, and it’s happening here in Iowa. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. My office is using this time to make...
Inflation. It’s a constant news headline, the joke of every meme, and the word we curse under our breath every time we have to put the fancy bacon back on the shelf and grab the generic turkey bacon instead. Whether we want to admit it or not, inflation is here, and it’s sticking around, folks....
“Bad-News Expert” It’s not always easy living with me. But my husband, Peter, has to. I know it is not easy, because I live with myself every day, and I feel the bits of anxiety and nervousness and occasional emotional overload escape out of me and flood the house that Peter has to live in....
“The comfort of the rich depends upon an abundant supply of the poor.”—Voltaire Jerome Powell, possibly the most notorious/powerful central banker in the United States (if not the world), recently held a press conference explaining a plan to target a .8 percent increase in unemployment in the U.S...
Q: What do parents need to know about “rainbow” fentanyl? A: As students headed back to school, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued an alert about candy-colored, “rainbow” fentanyl produced and marketed by the drug cartels to entice young people. When parents across America tuck their...
There’s an unfortunate trend continuing in Iowa and across the nation that must be addressed: the negative behavior of some coaches, parents, and fans at high school athletic events. Far too often, we see yelling, harassment, disrespect, and even physical assault directed at high school referees,...
“On the Sidewalk” I met Betty sitting outside on the sidewalk. Betty spends a lot of time there. She lives in the adjacent building. It is a place for older folks who need a lot of help and don’t have a lot of money. Betty lost both legs, below the knee, at some point. She wears a curly wig...

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