Dear Dave,
Politics is our vehicle for reconciling the tensions, diversity and differences among us that are bound to arise as we tackle enormously difficult challenges
13.11 percent, 6.19 percent and 8.04 percent—Those are the statewide, Winnebago and Worth county voter turnouts for the recently concluded primary elections. Needless to say, all figures are well short of a majority.
In the closing hours of the 2018 session, Republicans rushed through a massive $2.8 billion tax bill with little time to let anyone review the bill or get input from Iowans. This week, Governor Reynolds signed the bill in to law.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights……Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed……—fr
Not literally, although if prices continue to climb, many of us will find ourselves priced out of much of the summer fun travel we had planned back when prices were hovering much closer to $2 per gallon, rather than $3.

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We are not clones. If we understand that basic principle, we are over halfway there. I am kind of playing off of the column to the right, by Lee Hamilton, only relating it more to regular people, like us, just trying to navigate life as best we can. We all have differences. We attend different...
Good neighbors Dear Editor, Back in the days when I was growing up, it seemed like all the neighbors helped each other out, simply out of the kindness of their heart and it was the Christian thing to do. Over time, it seems like everyone expects to be paid for any little thing, and the act of...
The 2018 Legislature was scheduled to adjourn on Tuesday, April 17, but it won’t happen anytime soon.That’s because another week has gone by and GOP leaders who control both the House and Senate can’t agree on much of anything lately, especially on the budget and taxes. It’s bad news for Iowans...
Tax Reform and Budget: We are at a cross roads coming to an agreement with the Iowa Senate on tax reform and the budget. The House does not agree with the Senate’s tax reform and the budget they have decided on and vice versa. In this case, if we do not come to a decision by the end of this week...
by Anna Johnson Center for Rural Affairs A major wave of consolidation that kicked off in 2016 continues to move forward with the U.S. Department of Justice allowing chemical producer Bayer to acquire the U.S. based seed company Monsanto, reported last week. “As giant transnational corporations...
A birthday party is a fun way to recognize important milestones in a child’s life. Family and friends are invited to join in the fun, and everyone enjoys a day of celebration. Behind the scenes, however, this can be a stressful experience for parents. Organizing and throwing a party can be an...
Many parents across America are trying to live the dream through their sons and daughters. It’s a popular dream: Land a college athletic scholarship by prioritizing traveling sports teams or specializing in a single sport year-round. Unfortunately, most of these dreams are never realized. The odds...
As I write this we just survived perhaps the biggest snowstorm of the season, and are bracing for another round later this week. It is not an April Fools joke, although it is indeed the month of April. Other nearby areas got hit much worse than us this past weekend, as many areas of Minnesota and...
 For me it started with Martin Luther King’s “Dream” speech in 1963 when he proclaimed: “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” I’m white—“Norwegianly” Caucasian, you might say. Nevertheless, I’m presuming to comment about...
For the most part, we Americans value expertise. We want our physicians to possess knowledge and experience. We want our lawyers to know the law inside out. We want our clergymen, our engineers, our farmers to bring the kind of proficiency and skill to their work that comes only with familiarity...

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