“You okay, budder?” are words that our dog, Lambeau, has heard many times in his life.
Some issues permeate society without regard to who you are or where you come from. Opioid addiction is one of those issues.
Keep it simple and safe Dear Dave,
You may have seen my first column as the new writer of the Gasper Gabble in last week’s edition. Since then, everything and nothing has changed. The alternate reality myself and my family are living in will never be fully settled into.
In the past week, I have entered an alternate reality.
Dear Dave,

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I get it, Mother Nature likes to frequently remind us who is actually in charge, and the seasons will change when she says they will change—and not a day sooner. That does not, however, mean that we have to enjoy the decisions she makes, especially when we are approaching the middle of April and...
Honoring Veterans The first official action of the Senate this past week was the passage of a resolution commemorating April 6, 2016, as the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. I want to sincerely thank all veterans who have put themselves at risk in order...
Hearing Protection Act Last week the Iowa Legislature sent HF 2279 to the governor’s desk for approval. HF 2279 legalizes the sale and use of gun suppressors which muffle the sound of various firearms. Individuals wishing to purchase a suppressor will be required to pass a federal background check...
Iowa is one of the best states in the nation in terms of accessibility to the polls. Participating in the electoral process is a civic responsibility that I feel every eligible citizen should undertake. Throughout my tenures as Iowa’s Secretary of State, I have worked vigorously to encourage and...
Despite our repeated efforts to stop or delay it, Governor Branstad’s ill-conceived plan to turn over management of Iowa Medicaid to three out-of-state companies becomes a reality for 560,000 Iowans on April 1. Medicaid recipients, health care providers and advocates are worried and frustrated...
Every day we face personal challenges—those with fellow employees, family, home, vehicle, travel, electronics, health and many others. They consume our time, cause frustration and challenge our patience. As society advances, the range and type of challenges increase. As a result, the priority of...
Openness is not a panacea, but it makes good government more likely. Representative democracy depends on our ability to know what’s being done in our name. We have a secrecy problem. This may seem odd to say during an era in which the most intimate details of individuals’ lives are on display. Yet...
Despite our repeated efforts to stop or delay it, Governor Branstad’s ill-conceived plan to turn over management of Iowa Medicaid to three out-of-state companies becomes a reality for 560,000 Iowans on April 1. Medicaid recipients, health care providers and advocates are worried and frustrated...
I have used this space to rant about politicians in the past, most recently under the heading “Put up or Shut up.” In light of the state legislature agreeing—finally—to a funding figure for public schools next year, it is time for another rant. For a group of men and women who claim that children...
Money is a source of conflict in nearly a third of all relationships, according to a survey by the American Psychological Association. When it comes to budgeting, two can quickly turn into a crowd. That’s because some of us like to save our nickels, while others would prefer to spend every last...

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