“Unexpected Cowboy” I want to start out by making it clear that I have nothing against cowboys.
Keep your dignity, and work your way out Dear Dave,
It’s the first month of a new year, and with new beginnings new goals are set, new plans laid out, new dreams forged for the next year ahead (or five years, or 10, etc.). At least, that is commonly the case.
What do you think will be the top priorities for the 2020 legislative session?
 Q: What’s in store for 2020?
The year 2020 has not so subtly began and it seems that, so far, it’s just more of the same. Somehow we seem to regress as the years advance, rather than progress. Because the world doesn’t progress linearly: everything is a cycle.

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“Good Pear” My husband, Peter, and I have settled into the little house we are calling home for a month in southern Spain. The house is old and quirky—but I’ve come to believe that all homes are quirky in their own way. Whenever I spend time in another person’s home, I realize there are a lot of...
No matter the time of year, holiday-specific merchandise is in stock and on the shelves in retail stores; and no matter how common it is—and how “used to it” we should be—we always question how soon is too soon. “Why are they stocking Halloween merchandise in August?” “It’s the day after...
 Serving and honoring those who have selflessly served us and this nation through military service is important. The sacrifices our service members and their families make on our behalf is great and their efforts deserve our continuing respect and admiration. As one of Iowa’s U.S. senators, I’ve...
By Teresa Hoffman Center for Rural Affairs With the average age of a U.S. farmer at nearly 60 years, and millions of acres expected to change hands over the next few years, military veterans have a key role to play as the nation looks for the next generation of producers. To do so, veterans will...
“More Owls” First, I noticed the owl. “Peter! Did you see the owl?!” Our last Airbnb in Spain had a ceramic owl. So, when I found a similar owl—in a similarly inconvenient location—I took it as a good omen. “What owl?” my husband, Peter, said. Then I found four more owls, bringing our tally up...
By Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley  Members of Congress representing Middle America have been talking about the challenges facing the Midwest for years, but our warnings have largely fallen on deaf ears. Why? Because too often, Congress doesn’t act on a problem until it becomes a...
I remember that, as a young girl, I would imagine adventure often. I would pretend to embark on journeys through forests, seas, mountains, and (occasionally) deserts. My imagination was my vacation—the only way in which I would travel, and I did so for a good part of every day . . . still do, to be...
By Sens. Chuck Grassley and Kevin Cramer   Washington is consumed with wall-to-wall coverage of impeachment, Ukraine, and transcripts. Every question we receive from the D.C. press corps is about that. But do you know who isn’t obsessed with this? Our constituents. Every day, we hear from...
By Sens. Chuck Grassley and Bill Cassidy   Americans are concerned about the high price of drugs. The pharmaceutical industry has become a system rife with gaming. Profits are regularly prioritized over patients. Laws meant to encourage innovation, recoup private investment, and ensure patient...
“An Autumn Tale” My parents live in a cabin deep in the north woods. I know this sounds like the start of a fairytale. Sometimes it seems a bit like one. There are bears in the woods. Deer run in herds. The seasons are far more pronounced and extreme than those I am used to. After a day of...

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