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 o
Tax Reform and Budget:
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.
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.
 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.”
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.

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By Anna Johnsonannaj@cfra.org Center for Rural Affairs America stands to suffer as a result of President Trump’s 2019 budget, released on Feb. 12. The president has proposed again to eliminate or shrink many programs that serve rural America, including those supporting rural businesses,...
A special public hearing was held on the state’s budget crisis this week. We requested the hearing to learn what impact mid-year budget cuts proposed by Governor Reynolds and Republican lawmakers would have on the lives on everyday Iowans. Several Iowa students warned lawmakers that another round...
I really hoped my last column on this issue, would be just that—my last. Unfortunately, deep down, I knew that would not be the case. Between our gun hungry populace, and politicians who drink the intoxicating nectar of the NRA, it is readily apparent that no amount of people gunned down in cold...
On Tuesday, Jan. 13, I had morning coffee with the Governor and fellow Representatives and Senators. We discussed issues like Medicaid, mental health, and education in Iowa and what policies will best help our state. Coffee with the Governor is a way for Representatives and Senators to talk with...
Dear Editor I am a member of the Lake Mills Community School Board. The Feb. 14 edition of the Graphic had an article regarding early retirement and the denial of a request. Contained in the article was information that was not correct, and also, a lot of information and discussion that was left...
My mother had taught in country schools and was dead set against me attending one. She had been barely older than her students, was out in the country with a group of children, had no phone, no car, and limited access if there had been any type of emergency. That’s why she insisted her own...
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. Call me a contrarian. Or even a Pollyanna. But when everyone around me is filled with gloom...
By Bob Gardner Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations Alan Beste Executive Director of the Iowa High School Athletic Association They don’t make the headlines. Their names are not in the box scores. They don’t make the all-star teams. But some of the...
By Holly Sklar This month marks a golden anniversary for American wages, but don’t expect celebration around the nation. On the contrary. In February 1968, the federal minimum wage increased from $1.40 to $1.60 an hour, giving minimum wage workers what would turn out to be the highest level of...
This is the time of the year that my office, while still kind of slovenly, shows some semblance of order. I am getting things ready for the upcoming tax season, I am (finally) filing away some of my reports and notes from last year, either in an actual file, or more than likely in the file that...

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