“Transatlantic Turnaround” My husband, Peter, and I are returning from Spain by boat. The whole idea started when Peter read a book about the sinking of the Lusitania. “That sounds like fun!” Peter told me, as he read.
The holiday season is officially in full swing and with it, unfotunately, comes more than “comfort and joy.” Don’t get me wrong: the last three months of the year are my favorite, and not just because of the holidays.
Landlords and duplexes Dear Dave,
Q: What’s the progress report since the EPA approved year-round sales of E15?
Q: Why is November celebrated as National Adoption Month?
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“Forgive me, Honey, but I have to ask . . . what are your feelings about this impeachment talk?” SIGH . . . “Oh . . . This should be good.” Oh, yeah. Buckle up, guys. It’s your turn to hear my mixed-up thoughts on this chaos. As many followers of this column will already be aware, my views and...
Dear Editor, Media and politicans, including Democratic Presidential candidates, have been spreading the idea that union workers like their health insurance so much, it creates an obstacle for implementing Medicare for All. As I write, United Auto Workers (UAW) members are on strike at GM,...
Q: What does the new trade pact with Japan mean for Iowa? A: The United States and Japan announced in September a trade agreement that expands access to a lucrative overseas market for U.S. agriculture exports. This trade deal is good news for American agriculture. Our nation’s farmers and...
Q: Why does the United States train dogs for diplomatic service overseas?   A: The Explosive Detection Canine Program (EDCP) has operated for more than two decades under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to assist foreign countries and our international law enforcement partners with...
“Forever Home” “The septic guy can’t find the cover, call him,” was the message. I’ve been getting a lot of messages like this since I decided to put my 100+ year-old farmhouse up for sale. I haven’t lived in the farmhouse for years now—not since I moved out to go to graduate school and become a...
As I type this, it is officially the first day of autumn. At least, according to the calendar. The weather, as usual, has its own agenda. The summer’s sweltering heat and the winter’s torrent of snow linger longer and longer each year, it seems—leaving fall and spring with seemingly only a few...
Advancement in technology has made electric vehicles a viable option for rural residents, allowing for longer travel ranges and faster charging time. But, charging infrastructure is still limited. Most charging stations are located near major highways or interstate routes, or found throughout urban...
 Americans from coast to coast disagree about plenty of issues. As a U.S. senator, I know at least one issue that unites all Americans: Drug prices are too high. The soaring cost of prescription medicine has struck a nonpartisan nerve. Sticker shock is hitting consumers at the pharmacy counter and...
Oversight is often a vehicle for change in the federal government. In order to solve a problem, you need to know what it is, how bad it is and why it’s happening. Oversight is an important tool to find answers to those questions as well as ensure the appropriate steps are taken to solve the...
“No Coffee” Peter was up before anyone else—as he often is. My husband, Peter, gets up early in order to have enough time to brood, before busybodies like me expect him to engage in cheerful conversation. But this morning, we were staying at my parents’ cabin and there was a glitch in the plans....

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