“Transatlantic Turnaround” My husband, Peter, and I are returning from Spain by boat. The whole idea started when Peter read a book about the sinking of the Lusitania. “That sounds like fun!” Peter told me, as he read.
The holiday season is officially in full swing and with it, unfotunately, comes more than “comfort and joy.” Don’t get me wrong: the last three months of the year are my favorite, and not just because of the holidays.
Landlords and duplexes Dear Dave,
Q: What’s the progress report since the EPA approved year-round sales of E15?
Q: Why is November celebrated as National Adoption Month?
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“More Owls” First, I noticed the owl. “Peter! Did you see the owl?!” Our last Airbnb in Spain had a ceramic owl. So, when I found a similar owl—in a similarly inconvenient location—I took it as a good omen. “What owl?” my husband, Peter, said. Then I found four more owls, bringing our tally up...
By Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley  Members of Congress representing Middle America have been talking about the challenges facing the Midwest for years, but our warnings have largely fallen on deaf ears. Why? Because too often, Congress doesn’t act on a problem until it becomes a...
I remember that, as a young girl, I would imagine adventure often. I would pretend to embark on journeys through forests, seas, mountains, and (occasionally) deserts. My imagination was my vacation—the only way in which I would travel, and I did so for a good part of every day . . . still do, to be...
By Sens. Chuck Grassley and Kevin Cramer   Washington is consumed with wall-to-wall coverage of impeachment, Ukraine, and transcripts. Every question we receive from the D.C. press corps is about that. But do you know who isn’t obsessed with this? Our constituents. Every day, we hear from...
By Sens. Chuck Grassley and Bill Cassidy   Americans are concerned about the high price of drugs. The pharmaceutical industry has become a system rife with gaming. Profits are regularly prioritized over patients. Laws meant to encourage innovation, recoup private investment, and ensure patient...
“An Autumn Tale” My parents live in a cabin deep in the north woods. I know this sounds like the start of a fairytale. Sometimes it seems a bit like one. There are bears in the woods. Deer run in herds. The seasons are far more pronounced and extreme than those I am used to. After a day of...
It has been over a year since I have taken over my father’s musings in this column, and though the change was not anticipated by myself or regular readers, I know that he would be glad to see that I am establishing my own brand on it; and that I am writing regularly, even if it’s not the novel he...
 Society and the way people work has undergone a significant shift over the past decade. Advances in technology and increased economic opportunity are contributors to this shift. As the economy continues to change, the way we approach retirement savings must change as well. Otherwise, too many...
 When Iowa attorney Stephanie Kozlowski began representing juvenile delinquents in court, she had no idea it would lead her to become a foster parent. She saw kids were entering the criminal justice system in many cases because of the challenges they faced at home. She also saw a significant need...
“The Kind of Dog I Am” When my husband, Peter, and I met, we each had a dog. Peter had a collie named “The Pretty Boy,” (yes, “The” was part of his name) and I had a pound puppy, part golden retriever, part border collie mix named “Milo.” The Pretty Boy died shortly before we were married, about...

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