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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A recent article reminded me of the controversy surrounding the “Citizens United” Supreme Court decision. The author blamed that decision on “an-out-of-control Supreme Court.” He argued that because the “corporate entity” was created by the government, it is not endowed with any right of free...
Dear Dave, My wife and I make $100,000 a year combined, and we have about $12,000 in credit card debt. We also owe another $80,000 in student loans, and our kids’ private school education costs $1,000 a month. Is it okay for me to take a loan against my 401(k), which is invested in mutual funds,...
Want a modern civics lesson? First, forget everything you learned in high school government class about “democracy” and such. Let me tell you what I’ve learned, running as an independent for the US Senate for Iowa: It ain’t pretty. If you’re not a Democrat or Republican, the state’s leading...
Paying cash doesn’t make it smart   Dear Dave, What is your opinion on paying cash for a “tiny house”? Wes Dear Wes, This may be a really un-hip or un-cool thing to say, but I wouldn’t buy a tiny house at all. Paying cash for something like that might make the mover smarter, but that still...
Our economy and quality of life depend on a healthy environment. That’s why we’re always looking for solutions to Iowa’s water quality challenges. The Legislature established a Water Quality Initiative in 2013 as part of a strategy to reduce to nitrogen and phosphorus in our waterways by 45...
ObamaCare has been a disappointment, even for enthusiasts of the legislation! Costs far exceed projections, and the signup of those uninsured is far below original goals. The numbers aren’t likely to improve much as CBO estimates continue to project the uninsured population will remain in the “tens...
I’ve been a Democrat all my life. I believe in the party’s values, I’m pleased when its candidates win elections, and I’m persuaded the country is better off when Democratic ideas get a fair shake in the public arena. But none of this means that I favor a weak Republican Party. Indeed, just the...
We all have stress in our lives, especially when dealing with money. But there are habits you can incorporate into your life that will reduce money-related worries. By applying these tips, you can be well on your way to gaining control of your finances. 1. Quit comparing yourself to others. This...
All Iowans deserve the chance to get ahead. That’s why I support opportunities for Iowans to improve their situation and strengthen our middle class. There is plenty of evidence that we need to do more to make our economy stronger. For example, 31  percent of Iowa households struggle to afford...
We know when rural communities do well, America does well. Rural America provides us with the food we eat, the water we drink and the energy we use, not to mention a disproportionate percentage the Nation's military that keeps us safe from threat. That's why it's good news that in all corners of...

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