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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At some point in our lives—probably after a big meal—we have heard something along the lines of, “we can’t let this go to waste,” or “what a waste of good [insert resource here].” While this sentiment is by no means uncommon, it may come as a surprise to many, that the scale of waste in the world,...
Meet the Smith family. Both parents work, and they make good money. From the outside, life looks good — a new Tahoe, a big house, and private schools for the kids. But in reality, the Smiths are barely scraping by. With the help of credit cards and car loans, they spend more money than they make,...
Pay it off Dear Dave, I can’t decide what to do about my car. I owe $8,000 on it, and I have the cash to pay it off with plenty left over. One of my co-workers said I shouldn’t pay it off, because I have a very low interest rate on the loan. What do you think? Derricka Dear Derricka, What do I...
Recently, my sweetheart and I finally created our own Netflix account in order to watch our shows together more easily. It may seem a small thing, but we both felt very “adult” having something that belongs to the two of us, even with an ocean in between. This decision, along with the second season...
Dear Editor (with my compliments), This is a response to Conrad Bascom’s “Civil War reenactment conjures past” article, Sept. 12, 2018, edition. Thank you for participating at our Press Booth. The article’s cynical phrasing, which should be used in investigative reporting, will be a “good shot”...
At no time in our state’s history has the need for education and training after high school been more important. A Georgetown University Center for Education and Workforce report shows that by 2025, 68 percent of jobs in Iowa will require some education and training beyond high school. That means...
By Terry Durby Winnebago county supervisor Over the past couple of months, there have been a number of news reports, articles and social media posts involving the North Central Iowa Regional Economic and Port Authority (Port Authority). While the accuracy and merit of some of those accounts can...
by Conrad Bascom Lake Mills Graphic The Forest Theater broke from routine and slotted an additional movie in before the traditional 4 o’clock matinee and evening show on Sunday, Oct. 7—which wasn’t the only departure from business as usual, it turns out, as tickets to this one-time showing of the...
We are, all of us, familiar with the differing ideas of what constitutes “freedom,” as well as the differing values we place on the importance of individual freedoms. Lately, however, I cannot seem to shake the feeling—the knowledge—that we, as a nation, have lost sight of what “America” was meant...
Dear Editor, My D-day survivor father supported Eisenhower. I remember my childhood “I like Ike” campaign button and for years we identified with the GOP. This is the 1956 Republican Platform: • Provide federal assistance to low-income communities • Protect Social Security • Provide asylum for...

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