“The Cigar Box” I spent the weekend in New York City. I hadn’t been to New York in quite a while. I was performing at a theater conference and so was traveling alone, without my husband, Peter.
The Iowa caucuses begin in less than two weeks—the first in the nation, as we are often reminded. A position that is treated as prestigious, without any real rationale as to where the prestige comes from.
We are on our way again. This will be my eighth year as your state representative. I believe that we have done an excellent job taking care of our state during this period of time.
Q: What should Iowans know about human trafficking?
“Unexpected Cowboy” I want to start out by making it clear that I have nothing against cowboys.
Keep your dignity, and work your way out Dear Dave,

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“Dusty Surprises” The surprises just kept coming. When I moved in with Peter a few years back, I brought my clothes, a few books, and some artwork. I rented out my house, gave away my furniture, and everything else was consigned to “things I’ll deal with later,” a pile which—mysteriously—did not...
Everyone knows, but nothing changes. Every day. Within hours. People. Families. Dreams. Hopes. Futures. Love . . . Destroyed. An ignorant, self-righteous, self-proclaimed savior “defending” the country by killing its citizens—by destroying the very ideals we claim make us “great”: Diversity,...
Dear Barb, I’m sorry the last time I saw you I didn’t take extra time to talk with you, I should have made the time instead of being self-important and busy. I’m sorry you had to go. When I started writing this, it’s been less than an hour since Andrew texted our group chat letting us know you...
 President Trump just issued new rules that got little attention from the mainstream media, but stand to bring fresh economic opportunity to America’s rural and disadvantaged communities.  It’s another example of ways, big and small, that the president is going to bat for the forgotten heartland...
By Debbie Fluegel Trees Forever Program Manager You may have read recently that scientists in Switzerland have determined that in order to battle climate change, we would need to plant 1 trillion trees globally. Is that even feasible? Yes, I think it probably is; however, there has to be some...
Q: What progress has been made to narrow the digital divide in America? A: The Telecommunications Act of 1996 put in place a framework to ensure all Americans would have universal access to advanced telecommunications. It tasked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to implement reforms...
“Marital Privilege” I’ve been having my husband, Peter, cut my hair. I’m not sure I would recommend this to everyone, but I have almost no hair. Actually, I have the usual number of hairs, but they are so fine that a hair that falls from my head into the sink is invisible to the naked eye. Peter...
In the grand scheme of societies problems—from those on a global scale like climate change/collapse and poverty, to issues closer to home such as the fight for healthcare for all or the battle against modern racism—the lack of solutions, or rather the lack of acting upon potential solutions, is...
Dear Editor, The Iowa Attorney General’s office recently established a toll-free hotline for adult survivors to report child sexual abuse, especially by spiritual leaders and clergy. To report past sexual abuse, Iowans can call 855-620-7000 to speak with a trained advocate. Alternatively, they...
President Ronald Reagan designated the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day as a way to celebrate America’s dairy industry. Since then, Americans — including me — have happily fulfilled their civic duty by indulging in one of the nation’s favorite treats. This is particularly true here in...

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