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.
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.
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.
I hear a lot about the next generation—entitled whiners with inflated expectations and unrealistic goals. Last night I had dinner with three of them.
An odd topic of discussion arose over the weekend that baffled my mother.
Greetings from Capitol Hill: First Funnel for the Iowa Legislature: A very busy week in the Iowa Legislature as we complete the first funnel of the 88th General Assembly.

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A backward race, that has been ongoing for the past several years in the State of Iowa, seems like it is hitting full stride this legislative session. The race, to which we are referring, is the race to the bottom in terms of K-12 education. Iowa has prided itself for years about being one of the...
Dear Editor, I don't know if I've ever written a letter to the editor. But with our new president I find myself praying more for our nation, leaders and world. And I find myself very concerned by what I hear our new president saying. Many say "let's wait and see" but when we hear untruths spoken...
This week the House has made a good amount of progress on reconciling the shortfalls in the FY17 budget. The Republican caucus has reached an agreement on the various portions of the budget that will be cut in order to balance the budget by approximately $117 million. The budget adjustment is now...
If you watched Donald Trump’s recent press conference, you may have overlooked a telling and worrisome moment. A CNN reporter tried to ask the president-elect about the extent of his ties to Russian officials. “No! Not you. No! Your organization is terrible,” responded Mr. Trump, and moved on to...
Football lovers are in a frenzy this time of year. The NFL and NCAA playoffs are in full swing, and the Big Game is just weeks away. While most fans focus on the players and their exploits on the field, a lot can be learned from the men on the sidelines who devise strategy and call the plays....
Speaking as both a community journalist and a citizen of the United States, I have a few bits of advice for those we elect to govern our country. This will not come as a surprise to many who read this column regularly, but my sentiments today are primarily aimed at Donald Trump, although they apply...
The 2017 legislative session opened last week and there is a sense of uncertainty here in Des Moines and DC. My hope this year is the divisiveness and bitterness that ruled the campaign can be put aside at the State Capitol this year. As the minority party in the House this year, we know there is...
What does an engagement ring look like? For many people, my wife included, the answer is a diamond ring. While that’s a concept that didn’t become widely accepted until the diamond industry’s marketing campaigns in the mid-1900s, it’s one that holds strong today. However, some couples are going in...
Diminishing wildlife habitat, topsoil erosion, flooding and water quality degradation were growing conservation problems facing Iowa over a decade ago. Recognizing the need for action and growing budget shortfalls to address these important issues, the Iowa Legislature formed the Advisory Committee...
There are a lot of dire predictions about our representative democracy out there. We’re just past a presidential election campaign in which candidates complained about a rigged political system. Now, commentators worry about the imminent failure of the American experiment. I don’t agree with these...

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