The Framers had good reasons to devise the Electoral system: it’s a linchpin in our “representative republic” government which prevents “mob rule” and protects the rights of all citizens, not just the majority; it gives assurance that a handful o
On behalf of all of the justices of the Iowa Supreme Court, I would like to thank the Forest City community for the warm welcome we received during our visit to hold court in the beautiful new Boman Fine Arts Center on the evening of April 2.
“Facebook Feedback” I originally joined Facebook when a long-lost cousin sent me an invitation.
It is beyond evident that violence and aggression is a predominant, and extremely worrying, aspect within American society.
“Pinecones” I saw him just a moment too late, coming down the path.

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“Pinecones” I saw him just a moment too late, coming down the path. I wasn’t expecting anyone to come down this section of the trail. No one ever did. At least I never saw anyone, which is why I was messing around with the pine cones. Okay, I better start at the top. The whole thing started...
“. . . The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes...
Budget scorekeepers tell us that taxpayers spent at least $600 billion in 2017 to pay for health care services for low-income Americans covered by Medicaid. This public health insurance program is a federal-state partnership that pays hospitals, nursing homes, and health care providers to care for...
With just over a month left in the 2019 legislative session, floor debate is picking up. Senate File 523 would make penalties for a crime committed against an unborn child the same as those committed against a born person. This bill does not have anything to do with abortion, accidents or...
Dear Editor and Community Members, Though I no longer live in Lake Mills, I have had the opportunity to read up on a recent issue that has made itself apparent in the town—the issue of gay marriage in a Lutheran church. Let me be the first to tell you, I adored most every aspect of growing up in...
Greetings from Capitol Hill: Iowa House Republicans seek to protect First Amendment on college campuses: College campuses used to be generally understood as places that welcomed the free exchange of ideas, unfortunately that has significantly changed in the past several years. Free speech zones,...
“Expectation of Privacy” My friend, Andrew, will not use a credit card when paying for his groceries. Andrew is a curmudgeon and has been one for years. He lives alone and has been a dear friend for almost all my life. “It’s none of their darned business how much broccoli I’m buying!” he tells me...
“Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things.”—Alexander Hamilton, New York Ratifying Convention, 1788 “The fabric of the American Empire ought to rest on the solid...
To the Editor: We realize that as the author of the Editorials in the Lake Mills newspaper, you have a right to express opinions on a variety of subjects.  In return, as citizens of this area, we would like to take the opportunity to express a few opinions of our own.   Surely you must realize...
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) seems to be setting the Democrats’ current agenda, and she, with many others in that multitude of candidates for the 2020 Democrat presidential nomination, have cleverly appealed to a mainstream Democrat hot-button issue. They are running with an old...

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