With December now officially underway, many households are likely prepping and planning for the holiday festivities (and foods) that typically come with the last month of the year.
Parents, do you have a rising or current college student? Have you filled out this year’s FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) yet? You might be thinking, “Nope.
Do what’s best for you Dear Dave,
How do we measure the value of a single life? It’s an impossible task—too subjective, individual, and too abstract.
Q: Why do you support the First Step Act?
Getting ready for the Baby Steps Dear Dave, I like your plan, and I’m ready to get control of my finances. Should I catch up on past due bills before saving $1,000 for the beginner emergency fund you recommend in Baby Step 1?

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by conrad bascom lake Mills graphic Brooklyn, Iowa is an unimposing farm hamlet self-dubbed the “Community of Flags” because of the comprehensive array of U.S. state and military flags that fly in the center of town. Though most tiny towns boast a flagpole or two in their epicenter, Brooklyn...
Circulating throughout social media these past few weeks are the faces of numerous young adults—most of them women—who have gone missing and are suspected to be the victims of human trafficking. Along with their photos, physical description, last known whereabouts and other facts that may help...
Dear Editor, My family went to Pine Lake State Park for a greatly anticipated weekend of camping, swimming, and beach picnics. When we arrived, we learned the water was unsafe, due to bacterial contamination. How disappointing for the weekend, but how tragic for life. I’m happy to pay taxes to...
By Sens. Chuck Grassley, Thom Tillis and Ted Cruz Like millions across our country, we too were horrified at the sight of thousands of children being separated from their parents. As parents ourselves, we can only imagine the pain and anguish these families faced. But, as U.S. Senators—and more...
Most acknowledge our immigration system must be fixed, but we can’t even agree on the value of border security. And it’s election time, so Democrats are trying to “make hay” from the hysteria surrounding the unfortunate process for handling illegal immigrants and their children. Trump’s “zero...
By Christy Wright Being a summer baby, I love the warm weather months. I love cookouts and picnics, vacations, and being outside as much as possible. Everyone is in a better mood, and it seems like there are endless fun things to do and get into. During the summer season, many of us have dreams...
I know that many of the readers of my dad’s “Gasper’s Gabble” really enjoyed his ramblings and thoughts on subjects surrounding politics, local happenings, as well as personal experiences—and I know my dad strived for variety in his weekly musings. I am also aware, that so far in my own writings...
Hiring the right person Dear Dave, I own a small business with two employees, and I have a bit of a hiring conundrum. I’m looking at two candidates for a position, and on paper they’re evenly matched. I’ve interviewed each of them four times, and I’m still undecided. I was hoping you had an idea...
Dear Editor, For awhile now, it’s seemed that the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is doing everything in their power to make sure factory farm polluters can keep polluting our water. Just last year, the DNR proposed to weaken E.coli rules to hide the fact that more and more Iowa...
BY CONRAD BASCOM LAKE MILLS GRAPHIC A few of my thoughts from before and after the World Cup final—a tense and mold-breaking football match that took place Sunday between Croatia and France’s national teams in Luzhniki Stadium in Russia. Here are some reasons why this iteration has been...

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