Marriage is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make, so the last thing you want to do is go in unprepared.
This week, Mandy and Tom, my former sister-in-law and brother-in-law, came to visit.
Q: What does a recent report card about lawmakers tell Iowans about your work in Congress?
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.
Greetings from Capitol Hill: Supplemental State Aid and School Transportation Costs:
I sit here in disappointed wonder and, paraphrasing a Bible verse, I’m asking: “What hath mankind wrought?”

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There is a pervasive myth in our American capitalist society that: work = worth. The more we work, the more our self-satisfaction and, by some extension, superiority, is elevated. We often trade stories with friends about the longest we’ve ever worked or the most difficult day we’ve ever had and we...
by Conrad Bascom Lake Mills Graphic Due to our print date and the fact that the Lake Mills Graphic is a weekly, we will be missing the opportunity to report on the midterm elections by mere hours, as our paper—formatted and collated—must be sent off to the printer the morning of. So consider this...
 The issue of “birthright citizenship” goes back 150 years to the post-Civil War “reconstruction period.” It’s a complex issue, but nevertheless we laymen are asked to develop our own opinions about it. This is my attempt to sort out this issue and reach some sort of conclusion. One of President...
Disclaimer: This one is serious and solemn. “Wheel of Fortune.” A phrase used to describe the unpredictability of life, especially instances of sudden fortune or misfortune. As I’m sure you can gather from the disclaimer, I’m going to be focusing on life’s unexpected misfortunes. 2018 has been a...
Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate joined with representatives from the U.S. and Iowa Departments of Homeland Security, the National Guard and other partners Monday to reassure Iowans their vote this November is safe.    “The integrity of the vote is my number one priority. If you vote in the...
The relationship between the United States and China has been called the most important bilateral relationship of the 21st century. I couldn’t agree more. It’s also the most complicated. Trade, economic development and technological innovation are just a few of the issues currently putting...
Hundreds of thousands of Iowans are making their voices heard by casting a ballot in the November elections. Are you one of them? If so, thank you for voting. If you’re not, why not? The United States of America is the greatest and freest country in the world because we give the power to our...
At some point in our lives—probably after a big meal—we have heard something along the lines of, “we can’t let this go to waste,” or “what a waste of good [insert resource here].” While this sentiment is by no means uncommon, it may come as a surprise to many, that the scale of waste in the world,...
Meet the Smith family. Both parents work, and they make good money. From the outside, life looks good — a new Tahoe, a big house, and private schools for the kids. But in reality, the Smiths are barely scraping by. With the help of credit cards and car loans, they spend more money than they make,...
Pay it off Dear Dave, I can’t decide what to do about my car. I owe $8,000 on it, and I have the cash to pay it off with plenty left over. One of my co-workers said I shouldn’t pay it off, because I have a very low interest rate on the loan. What do you think? Derricka Dear Derricka, What do I...

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