I was convinced that, this week, I was going to write a response to certain political goings-on that have been (predictably) rampant of late, but there has been something weighing heavily with my family and myself, that I just feel I needed to add
I have something important to tell you: Stop saying “I can’t.” Yes, you can. Why am I on this rant? I came across a study that says 64 percent of millennials don’t think they’ll ever reach $1 million in retirement savings.
Retirement or debt? Dear Dave, Do you think I should lower the amount I’m contributing to my 401(k) so I can pay off my house and my truck? Jamie Dear Jamie,
There is a pervasive myth in our American capitalist society that: work = worth. The more we work, the more our self-satisfaction and, by some extension, superiority, is elevated.
 The issue of “birthright citizenship” goes back 150 years to the post-Civil War “reconstruction period.” It’s a complex issue, but nevertheless we laymen are asked to develop our own opinions about it.
Disclaimer: This one is serious and solemn.

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I was convinced that, this week, I was going to write a response to certain political goings-on that have been (predictably) rampant of late, but there has been something weighing heavily with my family and myself, that I just feel I needed to address (since I know they read this). It has been a...
I have something important to tell you: Stop saying “I can’t.” Yes, you can. Why am I on this rant? I came across a study that says 64 percent of millennials don’t think they’ll ever reach $1 million in retirement savings. Really? Why not? I say you can. Here’s how. Start Early Of all the age...
Retirement or debt? Dear Dave, Do you think I should lower the amount I’m contributing to my 401(k) so I can pay off my house and my truck? Jamie Dear Jamie, If you’re following my plan, the first thing you should do is set aside a beginner emergency fund of $1,000. That’s Baby Step 1. Next...
There is a pervasive myth in our American capitalist society that: work = worth. The more we work, the more our self-satisfaction and, by some extension, superiority, is elevated. We often trade stories with friends about the longest we’ve ever worked or the most difficult day we’ve ever had and we...
by Conrad Bascom Lake Mills Graphic Due to our print date and the fact that the Lake Mills Graphic is a weekly, we will be missing the opportunity to report on the midterm elections by mere hours, as our paper—formatted and collated—must be sent off to the printer the morning of. So consider this...
 The issue of “birthright citizenship” goes back 150 years to the post-Civil War “reconstruction period.” It’s a complex issue, but nevertheless we laymen are asked to develop our own opinions about it. This is my attempt to sort out this issue and reach some sort of conclusion. One of President...
Disclaimer: This one is serious and solemn. “Wheel of Fortune.” A phrase used to describe the unpredictability of life, especially instances of sudden fortune or misfortune. As I’m sure you can gather from the disclaimer, I’m going to be focusing on life’s unexpected misfortunes. 2018 has been a...
Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate joined with representatives from the U.S. and Iowa Departments of Homeland Security, the National Guard and other partners Monday to reassure Iowans their vote this November is safe.    “The integrity of the vote is my number one priority. If you vote in the...
The relationship between the United States and China has been called the most important bilateral relationship of the 21st century. I couldn’t agree more. It’s also the most complicated. Trade, economic development and technological innovation are just a few of the issues currently putting...
Hundreds of thousands of Iowans are making their voices heard by casting a ballot in the November elections. Are you one of them? If so, thank you for voting. If you’re not, why not? The United States of America is the greatest and freest country in the world because we give the power to our...

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