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“Sepia-Toned Teenagers” “I don’t remember you at all!” the portly man informed my husband, Peter. Peter smiled, introduced himself, and reminded the gentleman where they might have met half a century ago. The man shook his head. “Nope!” This was the first high school class reunion I had ever...
Dear Editor, In an earlier letter to the editor, I quoted Prince Talleyrand of 17th century France to Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte who said, “You can do many things with bayonets, but it is rather uncomfortable tosit on them.”   I wrote, “The quote seems to me to be analogous to the American gun...
As the 2022 midterm elections approach, Iowa PBS will offer coverage of several races for statewide office on its weekly public affairs program, Iowa Press. Episodes premiere Fridays at 7:30 p.m. Featured races include: attorney general of Iowa, Iowa secretary of state, Iowa secretary of...
It’s well known America’s first president warned citizens—on Sept. 17, 1796—about the negative impact political parties could have on the country. In George Washington’s farewell address he felt politicians and their party of preference could become “unprincipled.” The divisiveness our political...
Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate is encouraging Iowans to ensure they are registered to vote at their current residence. September is National Voter Registration Month, and with the Nov. 8 general election approaching this is an ideal time for eligible Iowans to register for the first time or...
“The Redhead and Cat” Here’s the thing: I’m not superstitious. It all started when I was still in Mexico, visiting a gallery, and I saw a painting across the room. The composition was striking. The bottom third was black and the top two-thirds were filled with a deep blue sky and great white...
As the 10-year (it hurts to even type that number) anniversary of my college venture through parts of East Asia is upon me, and the darkest days of COVID seem to be clearing slowly, the first thing on my mind is, of course, travel. My college friends and I, as well as my sweetheart and I, have all...
President Joe Biden’s decision to cancel up to $10,000 in federal student loans for many borrowers is fair game for vigorous debate—and disagreement. Americans have been debating and disagreeing for 246 years. What jumps out in this latest dispute is how some politicians are blind to the...
Q: What’s on the minds of Iowans at your 99 county meetings? A: In August, I completed my annual 99 county meetings for the 42nd consecutive year across the state.  When Iowans first elected me to the U.S. Senate, I started this annual tradition and have kept it every year since. I hold an hour-...
“Not Much of a Joke” It wasn’t much of a joke, as far as jokes go. I saw the man wearing two hats, one on top of the other. The second hat may have been for his wife. It was decorated with intricate drawings. He was walking with her, a third hat tied to the handle of a stroller, and the family...

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