One of the lovely things about being a writer is that I can work in my pajamas if I want.
Space. “The final frontier.” I’m just going to say it: I love space. And with recent happenings on our own little rock we call Earth, it’s really the only hopeful and exciting topic I can think to ramble geekily about—so, sit tight.
 Q: How can transparency help lower drug prices?  
Greetings from Capitol Hill: Rep. Tedd Gassman joined legislators from across the state for the first day of Iowa House Session, Jan. 14.
I cleaned out my sock drawer today.
It is abundantly evident, given the continuation of the pointless shut down of the government, that those who feel the consequences—federal workers, citizens, the lifeblood of the nation—have essentially no power or say in ending this fruitless, p

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Politicians spend a good bit of their time complaining about the media. But why should they have all the fun? I’m going to join in, though I tend to get upset about different things than most sitting politicians do. You see, I don’t actually mind when journalists—whether in print, on television or...
It’s back to school season. Some parents may be relieved that the summer is drawing to an end and their children will soon be out of the house and back in the classroom. But more importantly, back to school time is an opportunity to reflect on the impact education has on the lives of our children...
The time of year that parents celebrate and students dread—a new school year started yesterday. For parents, the start of the school year means a return to normalcy. The routine of preparing to get out the door each morning in time to make it to the bus or to school, followed by eight or nine...
With this year passing us by more quickly than ever, we are fast approaching the general election in November. I personally can’t believe it’s within sight already! I have a hard time preparing for each election because votes are cast for many people who will hold important jobs within our state...
  Q: What’s the federal government’s stake in seeking a cure for Alzheimer’s disease?   A: More than five million Americans today are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Nearly two-thirds of these individuals are women. And unless medical breakthroughs are discovered to unlock causes and cures, the...
Federal spending and the national debt. Those are two of the issues to be debated in the presidential election, and then in the trenches of Congress. The national debt is now over $19 trillion, and growing—although at a lower rate than a few years ago. Without some sort of reform, annual deficit...
Dear Dave, My husband and I had to rent a car on a recent trip to Florida. When we tried to pay with our debit card, the attendant told us he would have to pull our credit report if we used debit instead of credit. He said all rental car companies operate that way, because there was concern about...
Now that the conventions are over, I know that all eyes are on the fall presidential campaign. But I’m going to ask you to shift your focus a bit, to Congress. Don’t do it as a favor to me. Do it as a favor to the country. Congress is in the midst of a seven-week break. Its members left Washington...

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