Evaluating insurance needs Dear Dave,
“Dog Stories” My husband, Peter, and I miss having a dog. I see a lot of dogs on the trail during my daily hike, and so Peter (who is always full of good ideas—usually about things I should do) suggested I carry dog treats.
I’ve never needed a President, or any other figurehead, to pander to me or reaffirm my beliefs—I don’t expect it, and, frankly, would not care to listen.
Do you want control over your land? Letter to the Editor, Farmers, Ranchers, Landowners, and anyone interested in the consequences of government officials making harmful decisions,  
“The World of Birds” The raven nest was the big news this spring.
Ignorance is one of those concepts that—no matter how obvious or widespread it becomes—never ceases to sicken and surprise with the ridiculous power it holds over certain portions of the population.

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“My Neighbors the Superheroes” I think my next-door-neighbors might be superheroes. They both work with computers (at least that’s what they say) and then, every spare moment, they are off doing superhero type things. My neighbor, Jason, runs 100-mile marathons. He’s even done a few 200-plus-...
It would be laughable if it weren’t so vomit-inducingly disturbing to see where the priorities of many Americans lie. Statues. Stone. The fact that I have to waste a line of reasoning on this while the bigger picture— the entire reason—behind these incidents, is completely missed or altogether...
The phrase “we have met the enemy and they are us” is not only what Oliver Hazard Perry uttered after the 1813 Battle of Lake Erie, used on a poster to promote Earth Day in 1970 and was portrayed in Walt Kelley’s `Pogo’ comic strip referring to the turmoil caused by the Vietnam War, it’s apropos...
In 2008, Congress unanimously approved the Inspector General Reform Act to promote political independence of agency watchdogs and discourage outside interference with their duty to combat fraud, waste, abuse and misconduct. This law followed a handful of cases that involved inspectors general...
Q: What’s your greatest concern in 2020 regarding elder abuse? A: The global pandemic has exposed grave concerns our society must confront to protect the nation’s most vulnerable citizens. Approximately 1.4 million Americans live in about 15,000 nursing homes across the country. Many Iowans have a...
“The Agate Polisher” I don’t think it’s my imagination that Father’s Day seems like a last-minute add-on. “Oh! We have Mother’s Day. We probably should do something for fathers. . .” On Mother’s Day, a bouquet of flowers or brunch seems to do nicely every year. There isn’t an equivalent gesture...
Here’s a controversial thought (as if there’s any other kind in our present, right?): Defunding the police is the bare minimum we should be considering in the wake of not only the past month, but the past century and then some. Half-hearted attempts at reform over the course of our nation’s...
We entered 2020 embedded in an impeachment trial. Then came a worldwide pandemic. And now we’re facing the aftermath of the brutal killing of George Floyd by a rogue Minneapolis police officer. And did I mention that it’s a presidential election year? Bitter political rhetoric seriously complicates...
Iowans are amazing. The level of civic engagement among our citizens is unrivalled. We proved that once again, when voters turned out in record numbers to cast their ballots in the June primary election. Despite an ongoing pandemic and civil unrest across the state, Iowans were determined to make...
Dear Editor, As I have said before, the Democratic party is not the party it used to be. It is now a liberal leftist party, that has the great desire to take away your liberty and freedom. Here are some of the policies being advanced by Democrats in Congress: “free” national health care for all;...

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