“Transatlantic Turnaround” My husband, Peter, and I are returning from Spain by boat. The whole idea started when Peter read a book about the sinking of the Lusitania. “That sounds like fun!” Peter told me, as he read.
The holiday season is officially in full swing and with it, unfotunately, comes more than “comfort and joy.” Don’t get me wrong: the last three months of the year are my favorite, and not just because of the holidays.
Landlords and duplexes Dear Dave,
Q: What’s the progress report since the EPA approved year-round sales of E15?
Q: Why is November celebrated as National Adoption Month?
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“Temporary Worries” My husband, Peter, and I are spending a month in Spain and we have left our worries behind. As a result, we have had to come up with new, temporary worries to occupy us until we get back home. Peter ran out of lotion and for several days used something he found in the house...
Last week I touched on one of the many results of capitalism’s influence—the rush to stock seasonal items in retail businesses—but there are many more serious circumstances that arise from our capitalist economy that too many perfer not to think about/consider. From pharmaceuticals, to education,...
Historically across the state of Iowa, students with disabilities have not been making acceptable achievement gains. In fact, in a span of 12 years, Iowa went from fifth to 25th in national student reading performance. The gap in performance between Iowa’s learners with and without disabilities is...
By Kate Hansen, policy assistant Center for Rural Affairs This week marks one year until the 2020 general election, in which Americans will select their next president. For Iowans, this comes as no surprise. Candidates have been campaigning in the state for months in hopes of winning support in...
To the Editor, Iowans need to speak up for our farmers, and against federal policies that endanger Iowa agriculture, our biofuels industry and our rural economy. A proposed rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could cripple rural America by weakening the Renewable Fuel Standard.  ...
 Q: What is LIHEAP? A: Congress adopted the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in 1981 to help Americans with financial hardship pay for heating and cooling energy costs. LIHEAP stemmed from previous outreach measures designed to avert harmful consequences to vulnerable...
“Good Pear” My husband, Peter, and I have settled into the little house we are calling home for a month in southern Spain. The house is old and quirky—but I’ve come to believe that all homes are quirky in their own way. Whenever I spend time in another person’s home, I realize there are a lot of...
No matter the time of year, holiday-specific merchandise is in stock and on the shelves in retail stores; and no matter how common it is—and how “used to it” we should be—we always question how soon is too soon. “Why are they stocking Halloween merchandise in August?” “It’s the day after...
 Serving and honoring those who have selflessly served us and this nation through military service is important. The sacrifices our service members and their families make on our behalf is great and their efforts deserve our continuing respect and admiration. As one of Iowa’s U.S. senators, I’ve...
By Teresa Hoffman Center for Rural Affairs With the average age of a U.S. farmer at nearly 60 years, and millions of acres expected to change hands over the next few years, military veterans have a key role to play as the nation looks for the next generation of producers. To do so, veterans will...

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