The Republicans have failed to make headway reforming Obamacare, but their effort isn’t over. And there will continue to be lots of politics in the “fix vs. repeal/replace” debate.
There’s no shortage of threats to our democracy.
I think I know who I am, after living in this skin for over 50 years now. But, recent developments have given me some pause, and shook my feeling of certainty, which has led to further questions.
Are you packing up your car and hitting the road this summer? You’re not alone. According to a survey conducted by AAA, road trips are the most popular type of vacation for families in the U.S. in 2017.
It’s a Chicken or Egg Thing!
Not that wall. The wall I am talking about is much closer to home, and more imaginary than brick and mortar.

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Whether it’s a matter of comfort, appearance or safety, there are many medical procedures that you may want or need, but your health insurance won’t cover. Laser eye surgery may fall into the want category for most people and it can be a hefty investment with each eye costing several thousand...
At the ripe old age of 26, I returned to Osceola, to be the Director of the Clarke County Office of the Iowa Department of Human Services. My office was down the hall from the offices of the treasurer, auditor, and recorder. After I left that position, Governor Kim Reynolds became Clarke County...
Moving into a place of your own for the first time is a huge step. I remember my first post-college apartment move. It was nothing special, but it was mine. It came with a few new challenges and responsibilities and all sorts of opportunities. For the first time, I was able to decide how to...
I’ve had a number of conversations recently that convince me our country is divided into two political camps separated by a deep and uncomfortably wide gap. No, I’m not talking about liberals and conservatives, or pro- and anti-Trump voters. I’m talking about people who believe in politics and our...
Center for Rural Affairs says the budget zeroes out programs that address challenges of rural communities Center for Rural Affairs Policy Associate Anna Johnson said recently that President Trump’s 2018 budget does not support rural America and its communities. The budget was released in its final...
Think about this for a moment: Two days away from a federal shutdown, Congress comes up with a stopgap measure to keep the government operating...for a week. A few days later it arrives at a bipartisan budget deal lasting a bit over four months. This, in turn, moves the President to take to Twitter...
Have you ever seen more disgraceful partisanship and “headhunting” than what’s going on in our government? Let’s set aside the cute but sophomoric proclamation that: “Hey! What’s wrong with gridlock in Washington? If they aren’t getting things done, at least they’re not spending my money!” I’m...
The president didn’t just want the FBI to stop investigating his friend Mike Flynn. He wanted it to arrest journalists. How can you tell an authoritarian when you see one? We know the 20th century hallmarks—brown shirts, street rallies, and the like. But there’s an autocratic attitude, some...
When it comes to debt, student loans and credit cards can be detrimental to the financial success of young adults. The devastating mistakes students make in college can haunt them for years and keep them from stepping into the next phase of life with confidence. Share these five tips with the...
Lake Mills is lucky to have an ambulance service. But, without community members stepping up to volunteer, we wonder how long we can count on this valuable service. It would not be the end of the world if we were to lose this valuable service, as there are nearby services that could try to pick up...

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