I returned to college after I turned 50. I had been working in business and, for a variety of reasons (reasons that required an entire book to explain) I was no longer willing or able to continue.
Just 48 hours after the hate-fueled and politically-motivated attack on Muslims in New Zealand, the debate over guns and semiautomatic weapons is in full force—a debate with which we here in the U.S. are all too familiar.
Nobody wakes up on their wedding day and thinks, I bet we’ll be divorced by this time next year. At least, I hope not.
I hear a lot about the next generation—entitled whiners with inflated expectations and unrealistic goals. Last night I had dinner with three of them.
An odd topic of discussion arose over the weekend that baffled my mother.
Greetings from Capitol Hill: First Funnel for the Iowa Legislature: A very busy week in the Iowa Legislature as we complete the first funnel of the 88th General Assembly.

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A nationwide campaign, Take on Wall Street, is putting the people back at the table for a change. Instead of griping about the greedheads of Wall Street and the rip-off financial system they’ve hung around our necks, why don’t we Take On Wall Street? That’s both the name and the feisty attitude...
When Governor Branstad announced plans to hand over the administration of Iowa Medicaid to out-of-state, for-profit companies, I was skeptical. Medicaid provides health care to one in six Iowans, more than 500-thousand people. Medicaid is THE health care safety net that EVERY Iowa family can...
Since its introduction in the 1938 Fair Labor Practices Act, the intent of the federal minimum wage has shifted from eliminating child labor exploitation to its current goal of combating poverty. And something else has changed as well! I believe the minimum wage debate must now be argued on two...
Community colleges continue to play an important role in our bipartisan efforts to expand Iowa’s middle class. Community colleges are among the most affordable options for students seeking to further their education. They're the first place many Iowans go for college classes, job training and...
Our readers, and non-readers alike, can sometimes be compared to our children, in that they need to be constantly reminded of things. Put something in the paper once or twice, and many do not see it. Put it in every week, and most will take notice. Whether they act upon what they see, is another...
Only 35 years after the 1980’s farm crisis, another storm seems to be brewing. Corn production is forecast by USDA to be up 11 percent from last year. This crop, possibly over 15 billion bushels will include a market-killing overhang of nearly a billion bushels. Corn exports are not performing well...
To help put children on the path to a successful school year, Prevent Blindness Iowa urges parents to address their child’s eye health needs. Prevent Blindness Iowa has declared August as Children’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness month to inspire parents to make their child’s vision health a...
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...

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