“The Blue Tarp” I noticed my wrists were sticking to my desk.
As it turns out, Regular Readers, a week without “inspiration,” is always preferable to one with “inspiration.” At least when it comes to this column.
I have decided it is time to speak up. Too many things have been happening and so many of us are remaining silent. Granted, the death of George Floyd was horrific.
“Hummingbird Curfew”
As often as I seem to repeat myself of late, it may be difficult to believe that I do not enjoy doing so; but rather, it seems unavoidable given the repetitiveness day-to-day life has taken these past four to five months in isolation.
Q: Looking back three decades, how has the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) impacted society?

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“In Defense of Pollyanna” I think Pollyanna might have gotten a bum rap. More than once in my life I’ve been accused of having a “Pollyanna attitude.” I didn’t actually know what this meant, except that it was not a good thing. Being “a Pollyanna” implied having an unrealistically sunny view of...
Many issues were debated this week, and much progress was made on issues that have been “in the works” for a long time. On Tuesday, the House and Senate finally came to an agreement on K-12 school funding. We will be designating almost $100 million in new funding for schools. This will include $7....
Greetings from Capitol Hill: We are now halfway through Session. This week has been consistently busy between debate, committees, and keeping up on my legislative priorities for the Session. Marriage and family are very close to my heart. I like to take every opportunity that I can get to promote...
Dear Editor, In 2010, I voted for IWILL, because I was ashamed of Iowa’s investment in our natural resources. I’ve never been a big fan of increasing sales taxes, but I agreed that something needed to be done, and that together we as a state should invest in trails, recreation, and conservation....
“Push-Ups with Bob” Bob suggested we all do push-ups. I guess I should mention that I don’t know Bob. Peter, my husband, knew Bob in high school. To be perfectly honest, I’m not sure Peter and Bob were even close pals in high school. But Bob sent me a Facebook friend request shortly after he...
With my ticket to South Africa booked for less than a month from now, my travel plans have sparked increased concern among my family and my sweetheart with the commotion surrounding the coronavirus permeating the news. In one of our calls over the weekend, he asked (as many have): “Are you worried...
Dear Lake Mills Graphic: I do have to say that I am rather disappointed in the front page of your Feb. 19 issue.  I was expecting to read about the hard work and the accomplishments of the Lake Mills wrestling team who qualified for the Iowa State Dual Team Tournament as well as the three...
Greetings from Capitol Hill: Moving forward from “Funnel week”, we have entered the part of Session where a large part of the work is done on the floor of the House and Senate. At this time, committee meetings have slowed down and we have longer days due to debate. Several bills were passed out of...
One of the things I often hear in private conversations is the need to reform welfare programs. This is something I (and many politicians) have campaigned on. Last year, Iowa was fined by the federal government due to the high rate of inconsistencies in the distribution of SNAP (food stamp)...
“An Awful Lot of Cheese” My husband, Peter, likes buying in bulk. Peter hates paying shipping fees. He never wants to run out of anything and he loves a bargain. This is why we buy coffee in enormous bags, crackers by the case, nuts and raisins 10 pounds at a time, rice in 20-pound bags, and...

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