“Time to Spare” “Do you have time for this?” my husband, Peter, asked.
Gasoline, microchips, chlorine, lumber, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, straws, chicken, ketchup, oat milk . . . What kind of list is this?
“The Homes of Dead People” A cousin of mine reportedly said, “I can’t imagine living in a house where other people have lived!”
At least 24 children went missing in South Dakota last month—nearly one child every day throughout the month of May—and if one were to try to look it up they would find a total of . . .
“Best Wishes” I just learned that my ex-husband has remarried. I learned this as we learn about all important life milestones these days: on Facebook.
I’m sick of it, too, alright?

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“Lori’s Laughter” Throughout the past year, my husband, Peter, and I have been seeing no one except Peter’s sister, Lori, and her husband. Lori has Stage 4 cancer and has had a tough fight. She’s been on oxygen all this time. The decision of how careful we needed to be was easy. If we were going...
Last week’s paper was the Bridal issue, and any that happened to read the paper last week, will then likely know that my brother was married this weekend. And while the only significant milestone was, of course, the culmination of precisely 10 years of Tyler and Nicole’s relationship, a much...
Dear Editor, As a farmer raising corn and soybeans in Winnebago County, nothing is more important to me than taking care of the land and protecting our precious resources for the next generation of farmers. I have spent my entire life on the farm, and it’s clear that farming is much different...
The Iowa legislature has now completed 10 weeks of work for Iowans. The Senate debated several bills related to keeping our economy strong and allowing Iowans to pay less in taxes. Iowa’s top tax brackets are some of the highest tax rates in the country. When Republicans passed tax cuts in 2018 (...
“As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say, I just watch what they do.” - Andrew Carnegie This week, I and other House Republicans made good on one of our campaign promises. We passed House File 756, an act relating to the acquisition and possession of weapons. This is another really...
This week, thousands of Iowans are getting their $1,400 stimulus payment from the American Rescue Plan. This week, we advocated for affordable, safe housing for all Iowans. This week, we supported background checks for gun sales in Iowa to keep us safe.  There was a lot of good news this week on...
Q: When is Tax Day 2021?  A: The IRS announced a one month delay for individuals to file their federal 2020 tax returns, shifting Tax Day from April 15 to May 17 this year. The federal tax-collecting agency postponed Tax Day for the second year in a row as Americans continue coping with COVID-19...
“Cheese Fondue” It’s our anniversary, and Peter and I will be celebrating, like everyone has this past year, the best we are able. We have not yet won the vaccine lottery. I recently received a note from the health department that basically said, “Don’t get your hopes up.” Newspaper columnists...
The conversation regarding what has come to be known on the internet as “cancel culture” is an amusing one. Times change, mistakes are learned from, new information necessitates course correction. None of this is new, and it’s certainly not as negative as many make it out to be. Growth is good....
A few months ago Iowa’s economy was rated as the nation’s most COVID-19 resilient. This week US News and World Report ranked Iowa number one for opportunity. This rating is based on affordability, economic opportunity and equality. Expanding opportunities for all Iowans has been a priority for the...

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