“Unexpected Cowboy” I want to start out by making it clear that I have nothing against cowboys.
Keep your dignity, and work your way out Dear Dave,
It’s the first month of a new year, and with new beginnings new goals are set, new plans laid out, new dreams forged for the next year ahead (or five years, or 10, etc.). At least, that is commonly the case.
What do you think will be the top priorities for the 2020 legislative session?
 Q: What’s in store for 2020?
The year 2020 has not so subtly began and it seems that, so far, it’s just more of the same. Somehow we seem to regress as the years advance, rather than progress. Because the world doesn’t progress linearly: everything is a cycle.

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It has been over a year since I have taken over my father’s musings in this column, and though the change was not anticipated by myself or regular readers, I know that he would be glad to see that I am establishing my own brand on it; and that I am writing regularly, even if it’s not the novel he...
 Society and the way people work has undergone a significant shift over the past decade. Advances in technology and increased economic opportunity are contributors to this shift. As the economy continues to change, the way we approach retirement savings must change as well. Otherwise, too many...
 When Iowa attorney Stephanie Kozlowski began representing juvenile delinquents in court, she had no idea it would lead her to become a foster parent. She saw kids were entering the criminal justice system in many cases because of the challenges they faced at home. She also saw a significant need...
“The Kind of Dog I Am” When my husband, Peter, and I met, we each had a dog. Peter had a collie named “The Pretty Boy,” (yes, “The” was part of his name) and I had a pound puppy, part golden retriever, part border collie mix named “Milo.” The Pretty Boy died shortly before we were married, about...
Q: How big of a bite does waste, fraud and abuse take out of Medicare? A: As a taxpayer watchdog, I learned long ago that fraudsters look for any loophole they can find to bilk the U.S. Treasury. That’s why I use my legislative and oversight authority to improve fraud-fighting tools to root out...
When all reason is abandoned, so too, is independent thought. When the selfish actions of an individual inadvertently reflect upon an entire nation, and support continues to tug, like an impressionable child at their sleeves, it is time to face the reality that we—the United States—are not the...
I’ve been struggling with how to react to the 16-year-old Swedish “climate crisis messenger,” Greta Thunberg. What should I think about what she’s doing and how adults are reacting? Thunberg’s demeanor is a combination of terror and panic. How should we interpret that? It’s difficult to separate...
By Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Ron Wyden   With the World Trade Organization Public Forum underway in Geneva, it is time for members to confront and address the problems that are eroding the WTO’s credibility and effectiveness. These are problems that, if...
“Slow Travelers” Peter and I are packing for our annual trip again. My husband, Peter, is retired and I write, so we are able to travel now. Getting married late in life, this might have posed some problems because Peter is exactly the opposite sort of traveler I used to be. “I’m packing two...
October 1, 2013 I sat in a pseudo-classroom of the YWCA in Kowloon, Hong Kong with my fellow Augie abroad students, receiving disappointing news. The first of our planned group activities were canceled. The annual National Day fireworks would not be held over the harbor. This was the first of only...

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