“Stretch Pants Lifestyle” I don’t remember exactly when I took to living in stretch pants full-time.
Q: Why is it important to keep health care clinics viable in small towns and rural communities?
“Whites, it must frankly be said, are not putting in a similar mass effort to re-educate themselves out of their racial ignorance.
“My Treat Bag” Dax stared at me in disbelief. I am the Treat Lady, and I had no treats. It was inexplicable.
“If fascism comes, it will not be identified with any ‘shirt’ movement, nor with an ‘insignia,”’but will be wrapped up in the American flag and heralded as a plea for liberty and preservation of the constitution.”
The legislative session for 2021 begins on January 11 and promises to be unique in many ways. We will be gathering in person, but will have many adjustments to make to limit the number of people in one space and allow for social distancing.

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Prior to ratification of the 19th Amendment on Aug. 18, 1920 and its formal certification on Aug. 26, 1920, many small steps eventually led to suffrage (women’s right to vote). It all started on June 12, 1840 when Lucreita Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lady Byron tried to attend the World Anti-...
“It’s the economy, stupid” was the catch phrase of the 1992 presidential campaign. Does the phrase still hold true today? The Pew Research Center’s July 27-Aug. 2 survey of U.S. adults revealed the economy is the top issue—out of 12—for the 2020 election. Voters feel Donald Trump (Rep.) leads Joe...
“Black Lives Matter.” True, but apparently, that mantra doesn’t apply to black babies who make up the highest percentage of all U.S. abortions. According to the Guttmacher Institute study of abortions from 2000-2014, black women accounted for 35 percent of reported abortions, yet they only make up...
As human beings, emotions drive a lot of our financial decisions. And you know what we’re spending a lot of time with during the quarantine? Our emotions.    If you’ve had a rough day and you’re feeling angry or sad, you might buy a new outfit because—dang it—you deserve it. If you’re feeling...
“More Dog Stories” It seems I have acquired a reputation. I have been handing out dog treats for three months. Every day, I take the same trail, and every day, I meet many of the same customers. Dogs have an amazing memory when it comes to getting a treat—particularly from a stranger. One dog is...
The unprecedented resistance to change that we see today in our nation is born from the seeds of delusion: the delusion that, at some point in our history, our nation was once “great.” A story of epic proportions spun to the masses that made entire generations believe that our country was the...
Q: What kinds of cybersecurity problems are cropping up for teleworking and online learning? A: As schools and businesses transition their workforces and students online due to the pandemic, Iowans need to take internet security measures seriously. Be aware that home networks are vulnerable to...
Often someone asks a question that sticks in my memory—one that has no immediate or easy answer. That happened to me recently. A friend asked me about racial tension and what’s happening now around the country. His words: “What bothers you the most about all of this racial turmoil?” I fumbled...
To the Editor, To all the people who hate this country so much, those who want socialism, marxism, or communism, why don’t you move to a country that has that? You certainly have lots of choices. Millions have risked their lives to flee to this country for freedom. If you do not respect our flag...
“Summer Storm” I was headed out for my daily hike. There was thunder in the distance. “It’s getting lighter,” my husband, Peter, said. “I don’t think we’re going to get any rain.” The air smelled like a storm to me, but what do I know? If my dog, Milo, were still alive I would have asked him....

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