The Framers had good reasons to devise the Electoral system: it’s a linchpin in our “representative republic” government which prevents “mob rule” and protects the rights of all citizens, not just the majority; it gives assurance that a handful o
On behalf of all of the justices of the Iowa Supreme Court, I would like to thank the Forest City community for the warm welcome we received during our visit to hold court in the beautiful new Boman Fine Arts Center on the evening of April 2.
“Facebook Feedback” I originally joined Facebook when a long-lost cousin sent me an invitation.
It is beyond evident that violence and aggression is a predominant, and extremely worrying, aspect within American society.
“Pinecones” I saw him just a moment too late, coming down the path.

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Wedding planning is no small task. From sending out engagement announcements to gifting guests with take-home favors, a couple will pour over scores of details as they plan their weddings. As if selecting a photographer or choosing the right passed appetizers isn’t challenging enough, some unknown...
Never go to bed angry. I know this sounds cliché, but it’s probably the most important piece of advice I’ve ever gotten regarding relationships. Even if you need to take a few minutes to cool off, it’s always worth it to work through the issue before your head hits the pillow for the night. Make...
Marriage is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make, so the last thing you want to do is go in unprepared. Money is the number one issue couples fight about. In fact, Ramsey Solutions released a study that shows money fights are the second leading cause of divorce, behind infidelity. So,...
This week, Mandy and Tom, my former sister-in-law and brother-in-law, came to visit. Except I don’t call them that because, when I divorced, Mandy announced: “Since you can’t be my sister-in-law anymore, you’ll have to be my sister!” That’s the kind of person Mandy is. Mandy hasn’t changed much...
Q: What does a recent report card about lawmakers tell Iowans about your work in Congress? A: In January I launched my 39th consecutive year holding county meetings, at least once, in each of Iowa’s 99 counties. Keeping in touch with Iowans is a priority I take seriously. Representative government...
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. A day that focuses on romantic love, but is more appropriately a day to celebrate love in all its forms—with beloved friends, close relatives, even the furry members of the family. Every relationship based in love is important and beneficial for different reasons. The...
Dear Editor, Farm Bureau understands that Americans want safe, healthy, nutritious food at a reasonable price. During the week of Feb. 17-23, we are acknowledging Food Check-Out Week. It takes just seven weeks for the average American family of four to earn enough disposable income to pay for the...
Greetings from Capitol Hill: Supplemental State Aid and School Transportation Costs: House Republicans continue to make Iowa’s K-12 schools a top priority every year. Building on our past commitment, this week the House and Senate leaders announced an agreement on K-12 funding package for the...
I sit here in disappointed wonder and, paraphrasing a Bible verse, I’m asking: “What hath mankind wrought?” We recently experienced a huge reset in the decades-old abortion rights debate. Many wannabe pundits such as myself assumed that the shortening gestation period for fetal viability would...
By Tom Salisbury Region 7 Regional Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration New statistics from the federal government note that 44 percent of the 5.3 million new jobs created under President Donald Trump’s Administration, are generated by our nation’s small businesses. When you add to...

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