That could be the rallying cry for fans of the Milwaukee Brewers (myself included), as they kept us entertained until the penultimate game of the season, wondering if they could somehow sneak into the playoffs in a rebuilding year, in which “the e
A few years ago, when I started trying to understand public policy and politics, one thing I tried to do was identify key differences between liberal and conservative thinking. I read a lot and wrote a bit.
A dozen years ago, the preface to a report on federal election reform began with these words: “Polls indicate that many Americans lack confidence in the electoral system, but the political parties are so divided that serious electoral reform is un
While no one should ever say “I know it’s real because I saw it on the internet,” everyone should be able to say, “I know it’s real. I read it in the newspaper.”
“Real Newspapers, Real News” is the theme of this year’s National Newspaper Week (Oct. 1-7.) Indeed, there’s always been lots of “real” at newspapers.
We tried to make a statement on our front page this week, to get the community—and ourselves—thinking about what life would be like without a local newspaper.

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The president didn’t just want the FBI to stop investigating his friend Mike Flynn. He wanted it to arrest journalists. How can you tell an authoritarian when you see one? We know the 20th century hallmarks—brown shirts, street rallies, and the like. But there’s an autocratic attitude, some...
When it comes to debt, student loans and credit cards can be detrimental to the financial success of young adults. The devastating mistakes students make in college can haunt them for years and keep them from stepping into the next phase of life with confidence. Share these five tips with the...
Lake Mills is lucky to have an ambulance service. But, without community members stepping up to volunteer, we wonder how long we can count on this valuable service. It would not be the end of the world if we were to lose this valuable service, as there are nearby services that could try to pick up...
Appointing Iowans to our State Boards and Commissions is a humbling responsibility. As Governor of this state, it’s a responsibility I take very seriously. That’s why it was so disappointing and unfortunate to see 18 Senate Democrats inject petty partisan politics when they failed to reconfirm...
I have significant differences with Donald Trump’s political stances, but I want him to enjoy a successful presidency. It’s good for neither the country nor the world when a U.S. president struggles or fails. Yet, I also believe that constructive criticism can help a president grow more capable....
The 2017 legislative session has come to an end. Our lawmakers and governor have once again made budget decisions. Let’s look at some facts about our financial situation: The State’s general fund surplus, which was $928 million just four years ago, has been spent. The State’s reserve funds, which...
You can’t help but reflect on the above statement as you age. This time of year, it is especially true for me in several ways. May marks my birth month, and each and every year, the odometer rolls over, I realize that it is a blessing, more than a given, that I have made another milestone. The...
Democrats opened the 2017 Iowa Legislature ready to work together with the Republican-led majority to make progress for all Iowans again. But Republicans chose a different path this session. And Iowans noticed. Instead of working with us, Republicans chose to pursue a divisive, special interest...
The picture of retirement that many of us have is a post-work period filled with travel and plenty of relaxation. It's a time when you can finally take up a new hobby, sink into the pile of books and enjoy more time with family and friends. The reality is that many haven't been able to save enough...
There has been much news “buzz” surrounding the recent appointment and approval of Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court. And recently in this paper, unsuccessful U.S. Senate candidate Michael Lucik Thrames presented an open letter to Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley. The letter declared Iowans...

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