“Mouse Wars” My husband Peter is now at war with the mice.
• 6.7 acres of land up in flame. • 200,000 dead (and counting) as a result of an ignored global pandemic. • 350 killed, plus more injured, from mass shootings that even a global pandemic cannot slow.
Recovering from and restarting individual lives and the country after a pandemic is hard work.
Dear Editor, Harvest is a busy time in our rural communities, as farmers get out in the field to harvest the year’s crops. Harvest also means combines and large farm eqiupment will be sharing the road with daily commuters.
Have you ever felt overwhelmed? We all have at some point in our lives, especially when we’re faced with the unknown, something we can’t control, or a season of life when our to-do list seems never ending. Wait, isn’t that every season?
Q: What USDA assistance is available for crops damaged by the derecho?

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Something new for the internet to fight about has been circulating the past two weeks, and it’s nearly as polarizing as politics (stay out of the comments section, guys). What’s the issue now? Airplane etiquette. More specifically: is it acceptable to recline one’s seat? Now, we’re not debating...
By Anna Johnson, policy manager Center for Rural Affairs Details on President Trump’s 2021 budget plan were released recently and, as it has in the past, this administration continues to put forth proposals that undercut rural communities. Among the proposed cuts we strongly oppose are those to...
by Steve Corbin Prof. Emeritus of Marketing, UNI If you are a straight-ticket voter and only vote for all Democrats or all Republicans on the ballot, please refrain from reading this column and go directly to the comic page. Today’s thoughts are intended for the split-ballot voters. Are you...
BY STATE TREASURER MICHAEL FITZGERALD This January marked the third anniversary of my launch of Iowa’s Achieving a Better Life Experience plan (IAble), Iowa’s very own ABLE program. IAble helps individuals with disabilities and their families save for qualified expenses while also protecting...
Greetings from Capitol Hill: This is the sixth week of the 2020 Session of the 88th General Assembly. It is also “Funnel Week.” A bill has to pass out of committee in the Chamber where it started. Any bills that don’t pass out of committee by the end of “funnel week” (with the exception of...
“Raising the Roof” The roof fell in on the church I started attending. The collapse occurred after I’d been coming only a couple of weeks. While I have not always been a regular churchgoer, I thought this was kind of an over-the-top response to my unexpected appearance in church. The collapse...
. . . In the midst of a barrage of mind-boggling dishonesty. It has been a couple of weeks since the nation was addressed in the State of the Union. Did I watch it live? No. But, after begrudgingly watching it in my own time, I can safely say that I initially saved a few brain cells from dying...
Dear Editor and Fellow Iowans, Top 10: President Trump’s biggest accomplishments of 2019. American saw plenty of Washington at its worst this year, with one party in Congress obsessed with a partisan impeachment stunt and obstructing progress at every turn. But, despite getting no help from the...
The “dump trump” movement was doomed from the start. Democrats chose the wrong battle and presented their case poorly. The movement has early roots in pre-election 2016 with the recently discredited FISA warrant relating to alleged Trump/Russia election collusion. And the first public mention of...
Greetings from Capitol Hill: This week we had our first floor action of the session. We passed three bills out of the House. The first bill that passed was Senate File 2144 as amended on Monday. This bill would appropriate $333,000 for the Glenwood State Resource Center for fiscal year 2020. This...

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