Have you ever felt overwhelmed? We all have at some point in our lives, especially when we’re faced with the unknown, something we can’t control, or a season of life when our to-do list seems never ending. Wait, isn’t that every season?
Q: What USDA assistance is available for crops damaged by the derecho?
“Being Blue” Blue had been through a rough patch. He was adopted from the shelter and then returned for unspecified reasons. That’s when Bill met him.
The year 2016 simultaneously seems further away and closer than ever in recent months.
Q: Why is the U.S. Census so important?
Dear Editor, Constitution Week is the commemoration of America’s most important document. It is celebrated annually during the week of Sept. 17-23.

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Evaluating insurance needs Dear Dave, Last year I got a divorce. I’m 32, a teacher and a single mom. I’m on Baby Step 2 right now, and I was wondering about life insurance. My son is only two, and if something happened to me, he would go to his father. His dad is in good shape financially and...
“Dog Stories” My husband, Peter, and I miss having a dog. I see a lot of dogs on the trail during my daily hike, and so Peter (who is always full of good ideas—usually about things I should do) suggested I carry dog treats. Dog treats have changed my life. When I see a dog approaching me on the...
I’ve never needed a President, or any other figurehead, to pander to me or reaffirm my beliefs—I don’t expect it, and, frankly, would not care to listen. When it comes to holding the highest office of the United States, actions most assuredly speak louder than words, and the lack of action of this...
Q: What concerns from Iowans did you bring to the table to share with the IRS commissioner? A: Conducting oversight of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) helps me ensure the federal tax collecting agency is serving taxpayers fairly and effectively. Like everything else, the pandemic has affected...
A recently introduced piece of legislation into the U.S. Senate is a positive step forward in addressing climate change in rural areas. The Growing Climate Solutions Act, intended to establish a certification program for private parties who work with producers to receive payments for carbon...
Do you want control over your land? Letter to the Editor, Farmers, Ranchers, Landowners, and anyone interested in the consequences of government officials making harmful decisions,   The Iowa Utilities Board (“IUB”) is proposing the use of eminent domain with wind and solar energy. Eminent domain...
“The World of Birds” The raven nest was the big news this spring. Our neighbor, Joe, who belongs to every social organization in town, found himself with very little to do. So, every afternoon, Joe parked himself in his Adirondack chair and watched the ravens—frequently with a cocktail. This...
Ignorance is one of those concepts that—no matter how obvious or widespread it becomes—never ceases to sicken and surprise with the ridiculous power it holds over certain portions of the population. COVID cases going up in almost every state? Not surprised. Another excuse for an inexcusable stunt...
 “Those who control the present, control the past and those who control the past, control the future.”—from George Orwell’s “1984.” An article I read, followed by a friend’s email, spurred something in my memory that I’ll try to relate here. I realized that several unpleasant and threatening...
Q: What is the Great American Outdoors Act? A: Last year, Congress permanently reauthorized the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), ensuring a federal commitment to conservation, habitat protection, water quality and access to outdoor recreation. The 56-year-old federal law provides funds to...

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