My mother had taught in country schools and was dead set against me attending one.
We are beginning to see, I hope, what it means to be an American citizen: you can’t be too dogmatic, and we need to accept differences and extend to everyone the opportunity to become the best they can be.
This is the time of the year that my office, while still kind of slovenly, shows some semblance of order.
One wonders whether we can ever find the will to negotiate and compromise on difficult issues. We need leaders who can rise above the polarization and divisiveness, and instill a sense that we are all in this together

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It’s the time of the year when, at least for the moment, I make sure to look beyond the many mistakes we as a country have made over the last two-plus centuries. It’s the time of the year when I, at least briefly, set aside focusing on flaws to be found in our system and leaders. It’s the time of...
The GOP candidate's brouhaha with a Mexican-American judge exposes him as a manic threat to anyone he dislikes. This year’s freakish presidential election has now devolved into an ethnic brouhaha between two foreigners: A Mexican and a German. The “Mexican” is Gonzalo Curiel, a U.S. federal judge...
The elections process is not usually grist for inflammatory rhetoric. But this year has been different. Republican Donald Trump labeled the GOP primary process “crooked.” Democrat Bernie Sanders suggested his party’s use of super-delegates made its nominating process a “rigged system.” For many...
The United Kingdom’s (U.K.) dilemma of accepting or rejecting the European Union (EU) is all about striking the right balance between self-determination with sovereign borders VS. a measure of isolationism. It’s not an easy thing to do! Citizens of the U.K. voted to exit the EU which was formed in...
In 2016, the Iowa Farm Service Agency (FSA), worked with Iowa farmers and landowners to convert 97,371 acres of cropland to new pollinator habitat plantings by utilizing the Conservation Reserve program (CRP), more specifically the CP42 Pollinator Habitat Initiative. The purpose of this practice is...
I’ve been thinking about the U.S. Constitution and asking myself whether or not it’s still relevant. I don’t come to this question naturally, but I’ve heard it asked many times recently and as a result can’t avoid the temptation to examine what others are asking. I recently read about a reprint of...
Why would Hillary threaten workaday Americans with another poke in the eye from her con man spouse? This year, despite the unnerving presidential freak show the Republicans are putting on, Hillary Clinton is the one who recently stunned me. Attempting to convince wary working class families that...
Iowans and out-of-state visitors looking for interesting things to do this summer have lots of choices. One way to discover places to explore locally and throughout the state is to use the Iowa Culture App. You’ll find more than 3,500 arts, history and culture, and science and nature destinations...

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