One of the lovely things about being a writer is that I can work in my pajamas if I want.
Space. “The final frontier.” I’m just going to say it: I love space. And with recent happenings on our own little rock we call Earth, it’s really the only hopeful and exciting topic I can think to ramble geekily about—so, sit tight.
 Q: How can transparency help lower drug prices?  
Greetings from Capitol Hill: Rep. Tedd Gassman joined legislators from across the state for the first day of Iowa House Session, Jan. 14.
I cleaned out my sock drawer today.
It is abundantly evident, given the continuation of the pointless shut down of the government, that those who feel the consequences—federal workers, citizens, the lifeblood of the nation—have essentially no power or say in ending this fruitless, p

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I have used this space to rant about politicians in the past, most recently under the heading “Put up or Shut up.” In light of the state legislature agreeing—finally—to a funding figure for public schools next year, it is time for another rant. For a group of men and women who claim that children...
Money is a source of conflict in nearly a third of all relationships, according to a survey by the American Psychological Association. When it comes to budgeting, two can quickly turn into a crowd. That’s because some of us like to save our nickels, while others would prefer to spend every last...
U.S. wind farms now pay $222 million dollars a year to farming families and other rural landowners, according to new data released by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) today, with more than $156 million dollars going to landowners in counties with below average incomes. Wind energy...
Believe it or not, the process of planning a vacation can be an enjoyable one. Even the part where you determine how to pay for it. You read that right. Just figuring out how to pull off your next getaway gives you a sense of relief and control that makes the actual trip all the more fun. Here are...
Q:  Why is an “all-of-the-above” energy policy good for the economy and national security?   A: The United States has entered a new era of domestic energy production that is setting the stage for energy independence. Thanks to remarkable innovation and investment, American businesses and...
One of the most frequent comments we receive when teaching basic money principles is this: “I wish I would’ve learned this stuff sooner!” That’s understandable. When you’re 30 years old, strapped with student loan debt, up to your eyeballs in credit card payments, and owe more on your car than...
As a small-business owner, one of the biggest challenges you’ll face is mapping out your company’s benefits package. Simply put, offering a great benefits package helps attract the best people. But while financial compensation is alluring, other benefits can be just as important when it comes to...
High-quality preschool is a critical investment in our future workforce and economy, not just a way to support working parents with child care needs. Studies show the long-term value of high-quality preschool for children, families and communities. Preschool kids are: • 25 percent less likely to...
On Friday when most Iowans were celebrating this team’s or that team’s victory in the NCAA basketball tournament, I was celebrating a come-from-behind victory for the people of Iowa. The victory didn’t come at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. It came at 1111 E. Court Ave., where the Iowa Supreme...
Greetings from Capitol Hill: K-12 Funding On Tuesday, March 22, the Iowa House and Iowa Senate reached an agreement on K-12 education funding for the upcoming school year (2016-2017). A joint conference committee has agreed to provide an increase of 2.25 percent to K-12 schools, which amounts to...

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