I returned to college after I turned 50. I had been working in business and, for a variety of reasons (reasons that required an entire book to explain) I was no longer willing or able to continue.
Just 48 hours after the hate-fueled and politically-motivated attack on Muslims in New Zealand, the debate over guns and semiautomatic weapons is in full force—a debate with which we here in the U.S. are all too familiar.
Nobody wakes up on their wedding day and thinks, I bet we’ll be divorced by this time next year. At least, I hope not.
I hear a lot about the next generation—entitled whiners with inflated expectations and unrealistic goals. Last night I had dinner with three of them.
An odd topic of discussion arose over the weekend that baffled my mother.
Greetings from Capitol Hill: First Funnel for the Iowa Legislature: A very busy week in the Iowa Legislature as we complete the first funnel of the 88th General Assembly.

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Every child deserves a safe, permanent and nurturing home. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are there to help abused and neglected children by serving as their voice in court. Iowa’s Court Appointed Special Advocates Program is one of the few items not seeing cuts in this tight budget...
The days comes much quicker than you think, and before you know it, it is over. You live with them every day, and sometimes wonder—are they really ready for this step? Since we are in late April, it is getting to be that time when planning for graduations has begun in earnest for those that have...
Yank Magazine, a military weekly news magazine published during World War II, ran a lengthy spread on the 34th Division in March 1945. Men from all over the United States comprised the 34th, but at one time it had been densely populated with young men from Iowa. The writer of the article titled “...
Greetings from Capitol Hill: Water Quality Monday evening, the House considered HF 2451 which creates a wastewater and drinking water financial assistance program. The bill changes the current sales tax on metered water into excise tax of six percent. This tax, along with the Rebuild Iowa...
Dodging responsibility has been raised to an art form Over more than three decades in Congress, I had the chance to question a lot of federal officials. Most of the time I wasn’t after anything dramatic—I just wanted to understand who was responsible for certain decisions. Want to know how often I...
To help in the fight against domestic violence and ensure the safety of victims, the Iowa Senate unanimously approved two major bills. Each year, thousands of Iowans suffer abuse at the hands of their spouse, former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend. In 2014, Iowa had 13 domestic abuse murders—an...
Budget This week included an historic event for me. The Administration & Regulation Committee approved a budget that reduced what taxpayers spend on 13 different state agencies. The reduction was only half a percent across the board, but I don’t recall any other actual decrease in funding of a...
HF 2442 HF 2442 eliminates the requirement that taxpayers indicate whether they have health insurance for their children on their tax returns. The bill has a retroactive applicability provision that makes it apply on and after Jan. 1, 2016. I was glad to support this bill because I believe it...
The connection between alcohol, drugs and crime is an ongoing concern. Drinking and drugs can negatively affect all aspects of a person’s life; hurt family, friends and community; and create public safety and economic problems, according to the National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence...
I get it, Mother Nature likes to frequently remind us who is actually in charge, and the seasons will change when she says they will change—and not a day sooner. That does not, however, mean that we have to enjoy the decisions she makes, especially when we are approaching the middle of April and...

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