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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I live on 40 acres in rural Johnson County, an oasis of prairie, woodland, and wetland in the midst of row crops. Here I am working to restore the native oak-hickory savanna and add more prairie. This is a huge project that requires hard labor, REAP money from the DNR, and an investment of time. I...
By Jordan Rasmussen Center for Rural Affairs Despite the potential for broadband to modernize the economy in rural America, access and availability continue to lag. The President’s recent executive order affirmed this limitation and the need to commit resources to close rural America’s digital...
One wonders whether we can ever find the will to negotiate and compromise on difficult issues. We need leaders who can rise above the polarization and divisiveness, and instill a sense that we are all in this together Have you already made up your mind about how you’re going to vote—at least by...
Dear Dave, My sister has bad credit due to a lot of late payments. She has finally started to change her ways and get control of her finances, because she and her fiancé want to make an offer on a house. The bank won’t approve it if she is on the loan, and his income alone isn’t enough to get the...
 Dear Dave, I recently got a new job that requires monthly expenses of almost $5,000 that are reimbursed. I can’t swing that kind of money right now, and my company told me to get a credit card to cover things. I’m trying to get out of debt, and I don’t like this idea. What should I do? John...
We all make mistakes, unfortunately, that is an inevitable part of being human. I bring that up because last week ago, we had a doozy on the front page, where we claimed we have been around for 1456 years. Now, some days it feels like we have been around that long, but in reality it should have...
Dear Editor, Mayo is flaunting their success reflected in Becker’s Healthcare report in having two of the eight Minnesota hospitals that recently received five-star (top) ratings from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). One of these is Mayo Clinic Health System-Albert Lea....
Greetings from Capitol Hill: Water Quality Bill: This week SF512 came to the House floor for a vote following a debate, which ended in a 59-41 bipartisan vote in favor of funding legislation that will help water quality in Iowa and throughout the USA. The passing of this bill provides long-term...
Over the last year, I've traveled to every corner of the state to listen and learn what's important to Iowans. I've learned that Iowans don't ask for much and they are also extremely tired of politics as usual. They just want a decent paying job and the chance to lead a happy, healthy life. I...
Before my skiiing friends and other winter outdoor enthusiasts get too depressed, rest assured there is PLENTY of winter left in store for us here in north Iowa. Typically, February and March can be two of our snowiest months—and we are not even yet to the end of January. However, we are getting...

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