Dear Dave,
Politics is our vehicle for reconciling the tensions, diversity and differences among us that are bound to arise as we tackle enormously difficult challenges
13.11 percent, 6.19 percent and 8.04 percent—Those are the statewide, Winnebago and Worth county voter turnouts for the recently concluded primary elections. Needless to say, all figures are well short of a majority.
In the closing hours of the 2018 session, Republicans rushed through a massive $2.8 billion tax bill with little time to let anyone review the bill or get input from Iowans. This week, Governor Reynolds signed the bill in to law.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights……Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed……—fr
Not literally, although if prices continue to climb, many of us will find ourselves priced out of much of the summer fun travel we had planned back when prices were hovering much closer to $2 per gallon, rather than $3.

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Amanda De Jong State Executive Director, Iowa Farm Service Agency National Agriculture Day Celebrates American Food and Fiber Production March 20 is National Agriculture Day—a day designated each year by the Agriculture Council of America (ACA) to celebrate the accomplishments of agriculture....
Dear Dave, I received a call the other day from a company saying it could negotiate the balance on my credit cards to a lesser amount. The caller also said they could get me a zero-percent interest rate until the debts were paid off, and then the accounts would be closed. I’m kind of starting over...
We’re at a watershed moment in American political history. Our Congress—I’m talking about the people’s body, the institution created by our founders, and not just the men and women who currently inhabit it—is in deep trouble. And no one seems to be offering hope. Its public standing is abysmal,...
Greetings from Capitol Hill: Iowa is the #1 Rated State in the United States: Iowa was rated the number one state to reside in according to the U.S. News and World Report. The U.S. News and World Report based their ratings on education, health care, infrastructure, economy, opportunity, crime,...
Are diversity and assimilation compatible? They are, but that didn’t help Iowa U.S. 4th District Representative Steve King whose recent comments caused quite a stir. In his indelicate manner, King supported assimilation as the real strength in America, not diversity as is prominently proclaimed—and...
Too often we don’t work together to solve problems. Each party demonizes its adversary; respectful deliberation and civil discourse come to a halt. The President and the Congress must work across partisan, ideological and geographic divisions to restore compromise and negotiation to a central role...
They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. I will agree with that to a certain extent, in that it is more difficult to get an old dog—like myself—up to speed with anything new. For example, I recently switched from an iPhone, after six or seven years (virtually my entire smartphone life) to a...
I believe I have already expounded on my lack of mathmatical prowess, but today I will again prove, that I just don’t get it. Already facing a tough budget, due to what many claim are revenues that fell short of projections, the Iowa House rushed through a tax cut bill that would reduce not only...
Will a youth movement be the catalyst to make meaningful progress on reducing mass violence? I don’t care where it starts as long as it “gets the ball rolling.” However, no progress will be made unless a body of “common ground” is created. The process will commence with intense disagreement, but...
Dear Dave, My wife and I have $72,000 in debt from student loans and a car loan. We’re trying to pay off our debt using the debt snowball system, and we each make about $45,000 a year. She’s a teacher, and she’s planning on going back to school for her master’s degree, but she’s thinking about...

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