Greetings from Capitol Hill: Introduced Bills:
The items I have heard about the most from all of you are tax reform, water quality, Medicaid, and freedom of religion/speech.
Depression, anxiety, frustration: This was my reality as an undocumented young woman living in the United States. For many years the love and support of my family was the only thing that sustained me.
Dear Dave, I have cousins who are thinking about moving back to Connecticut from Virginia. They’ll be renting for a while, and I have an unoccupied rental house. Do you think renting to family is a bad idea? Katherine
Last Monday, lawmakers returned to the State Capitol for the start of the 2018 session.
Greetings from Capitol Hill Governor Reynolds Condition of the State Address

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That of course is a line from an MC Hammer song in the 1980s, but in light of recent national events, is quite appropriate today. I am talking, of course,  about sexual harrassment in the workplace. I will not get into any of the details of any of the numerous cases that are appearing only daily...
One of the biggest problems with Christmas is how it moves around on the schedule every year. You never know when it’s going to be, when it might be coming, and then BOOM. There it is at your front door saying, “Hey, I’m Christmas. Buy stuff.” But, wait a minute . . . Christmas is on the same day...
Dear Dave, My wife and I are trying to improve our finances by living on a budget and following your plan. We’re in the middle of Baby Step 2, so we’re working to pay off everything, but our house using the debt snowball. We only bring home about $40,000 a year combined right now, so how should we...
Unlike what Governor Reynolds, Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix, and Speaker of the House Linda Upmeyer say, the House and Senate water quality proposals won’t do anything to clean up our water—they basically take money away away from other underfunded budgets and flush it down the toilet.  We have...
Prior to European colonization efforts, the Santee Sioux people in northeast Nebraska were a “food sovereign” nation—they existed in a closed loop system in which they provided for themselves, by their own efforts, from their own land, and without dependence on outside governments and systems. By...
Everyone seems to want tax reform, and there are almost as many versions of reform as there are taxpayers. Here are some ideas that help me react objectively as I face the implications of the proposed changes: General principles • If you want less of something, tax it more, and if you want more...
Q: Who launched a “day of thanksgiving” to unite America “with one heart and one voice”? A: More than 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln issued a presidential proclamation, reminding a divided nation that we are united by “gracious gifts” that should be “solemnly, reverently, and gratefully” observed...
Our nation is struggling with finding solutions to problems of violence—in particular violent episodes in which guns are used to take multiple lives. I’ve commented on this problem before, always trying to be the wise pundit who makes measured statements about not jumping into the wrong solutions...
The old adage that if you want to be successful, you need to think big, may contain more than a grain of truth. However, thinking small is not a bad idea either. This week kicks off the traditional start of the Christmas shopping season with Black Friday (now creeping into Thanksgiving Day) sales...
Since well before we became a country to the present day, America has attracted people who are willing to leave behind everything and everyone they know and settle in a strange land just to have the opportunity to work hard and provide for their families. In fact, the colonists’ taking up of arms...

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