Recently, my sweetheart and I finally created our own Netflix account in order to watch our shows together more easily.
At no time in our state’s history has the need for education and training after high school been more important.
We are, all of us, familiar with the differing ideas of what constitutes “freedom,” as well as the differing values we place on the importance of individual freedoms.
October is National Women’s Small Business Month, and it’s no wonder we’re dedicating a whole month to celebrate.
Mortgage disability insurance? Dear Dave, If someone is following your plan, is it a good idea to get mortgage disability insurance during Baby Step 2? Craig Dear Craig,
It is likely that many of those reading this have, at some point or another, asked themselves the question: “What would I do if I had a billion dollars?” Or some variation to that extent. I have a controversial opinion . . .

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Finding responsible renters Dear Dave, I’m a landlord, and I own a few houses and duplexes around town. Recently, I made the mistake of renting to some tenants who were not respectful of my property. Do you have any tips for selecting good renters? Joe Dear Joe, In my experience, most...
It’s been my habit in recent times to periodically share my thoughts about Martin Luther King and what he meant to me and many other white people of my generation. Part of my message is that I see some of King’s legacy struggling to survive in today’s world. Among other things, I usually site the...
“Pop culture does not let us forget . . . I know too much about your country.” This weekend, during one of our daily conversations, my sweetheart said these words to me as we were discussing the classic, popular television show “Happy Days” and a casual conversation quickly turned to a discourse on...
by Conrad Bascom Lake Mills Graphic On Friday, Aug. 10, northern Iowa was offered the chance to partake in dinner and a show with some of the brightest stars ascendant of the Democratic Party at the Historic Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake. According to organizers, nearly 1,000 tickets to the 15th...
“My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus.” As August begins and back-to-school sales come and go as quickly as the summer holiday, it is natural for students of all ages to feel overwhelmed—with excitement, apprehension, stress, or simply annoyance...
Dear Editor, Factory farms are detrimental to public health. They contribute to hazardous water conditions, where people and animals can get sick by drinking or even touching water. It makes a person think—why are so many confinements going up? Part of the reason is because counties and local...
by conrad bascom lake Mills graphic Brooklyn, Iowa is an unimposing farm hamlet self-dubbed the “Community of Flags” because of the comprehensive array of U.S. state and military flags that fly in the center of town. Though most tiny towns boast a flagpole or two in their epicenter, Brooklyn...
Circulating throughout social media these past few weeks are the faces of numerous young adults—most of them women—who have gone missing and are suspected to be the victims of human trafficking. Along with their photos, physical description, last known whereabouts and other facts that may help...
Dear Editor, My family went to Pine Lake State Park for a greatly anticipated weekend of camping, swimming, and beach picnics. When we arrived, we learned the water was unsafe, due to bacterial contamination. How disappointing for the weekend, but how tragic for life. I’m happy to pay taxes to...
By Sens. Chuck Grassley, Thom Tillis and Ted Cruz Like millions across our country, we too were horrified at the sight of thousands of children being separated from their parents. As parents ourselves, we can only imagine the pain and anguish these families faced. But, as U.S. Senators—and more...

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