The Framers had good reasons to devise the Electoral system: it’s a linchpin in our “representative republic” government which prevents “mob rule” and protects the rights of all citizens, not just the majority; it gives assurance that a handful o
On behalf of all of the justices of the Iowa Supreme Court, I would like to thank the Forest City community for the warm welcome we received during our visit to hold court in the beautiful new Boman Fine Arts Center on the evening of April 2.
“Facebook Feedback” I originally joined Facebook when a long-lost cousin sent me an invitation.
It is beyond evident that violence and aggression is a predominant, and extremely worrying, aspect within American society.
“Pinecones” I saw him just a moment too late, coming down the path.

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I scrutinize myself in the mirror on a regular basis. From the front all is well. I am pushing 60 and holding together reasonably well. From the side, it’s another story. I have inherited my grandmother’s neck. My chin is on a mission to meet up with my chest, bypassing my neck entirely. This is a...
“Men are afraid women will laugh at them. Women are afraid men will kill them.” – Margaret Atwood. Studies have been conducted that show that this idea is not far from the truth. One in three women will be assaulted in some way in her life. We learn, as young women, to be cautious. We have a plan...
Dear Editor, The Iowa legislature just showed its true colors by passing a new version of the Ag-Gag law. In spite of Iowa’s court ruling the Ag-Gag law unconstitutional, they feel the need to bend over backwards and kowtow to the factory farm industry. Legislators down in Des Moines need to...
Greetings from Capitol Hill: Education: HF 546 SAVE Extension and Modifications— This bill makes some modifications to the uses of SAVE (Secure an Advanced Vision for Education) dollars, the distribution of the Property Tax Equity Relief (PTER) fund, and extends the sunset on the statewide penny...
 When I hear politicians talk about abolishing the Electoral College, it immediately makes me think about the impact on the state of Iowa. It would be devastating. The ripple effects would render Iowans’ voices moot in the general election and bring an end to Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucus...
I returned to college after I turned 50. I had been working in business and, for a variety of reasons (reasons that required an entire book to explain) I was no longer willing or able to continue. After a lot of hemming and hawing, I finally decided I would jump through the necessary hoops and...
Just 48 hours after the hate-fueled and politically-motivated attack on Muslims in New Zealand, the debate over guns and semiautomatic weapons is in full force—a debate with which we here in the U.S. are all too familiar. However, the momentum behind the debate currently in New Zealand is far more...
Recently Salem Lutheran Church addressed a request from a same-sex couple to be married. We are in a process of prayer, conversation and discernment, whether to allow Salem’s pastor(s) the authority to use their discretion in approving and presiding over all pastoral acts taking place in the...
Q: What is Sunshine Week?  A: Sunshine Week celebrates open government and freedom of information. It coincides with the anniversary of James Madison’s birth on March 16. As the Founding Father wrote in Federalist 51: “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.” He further explained the...
Nobody wakes up on their wedding day and thinks, I bet we’ll be divorced by this time next year. At least, I hope not. Most of us have the highest hopes and dreams for our marriages. Sometimes, though, after a few years, reality sets in—in the form of debt, credit cards and financial infidelity—...

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