Have you ever felt overwhelmed? We all have at some point in our lives, especially when we’re faced with the unknown, something we can’t control, or a season of life when our to-do list seems never ending. Wait, isn’t that every season?
Q: What USDA assistance is available for crops damaged by the derecho?
“Being Blue” Blue had been through a rough patch. He was adopted from the shelter and then returned for unspecified reasons. That’s when Bill met him.
The year 2016 simultaneously seems further away and closer than ever in recent months.
Q: Why is the U.S. Census so important?
Dear Editor, Constitution Week is the commemoration of America’s most important document. It is celebrated annually during the week of Sept. 17-23.

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“My Neighbors the Superheroes” I think my next-door-neighbors might be superheroes. They both work with computers (at least that’s what they say) and then, every spare moment, they are off doing superhero type things. My neighbor, Jason, runs 100-mile marathons. He’s even done a few 200-plus-...
It would be laughable if it weren’t so vomit-inducingly disturbing to see where the priorities of many Americans lie. Statues. Stone. The fact that I have to waste a line of reasoning on this while the bigger picture— the entire reason—behind these incidents, is completely missed or altogether...
The phrase “we have met the enemy and they are us” is not only what Oliver Hazard Perry uttered after the 1813 Battle of Lake Erie, used on a poster to promote Earth Day in 1970 and was portrayed in Walt Kelley’s `Pogo’ comic strip referring to the turmoil caused by the Vietnam War, it’s apropos...
In 2008, Congress unanimously approved the Inspector General Reform Act to promote political independence of agency watchdogs and discourage outside interference with their duty to combat fraud, waste, abuse and misconduct. This law followed a handful of cases that involved inspectors general...
Q: What’s your greatest concern in 2020 regarding elder abuse? A: The global pandemic has exposed grave concerns our society must confront to protect the nation’s most vulnerable citizens. Approximately 1.4 million Americans live in about 15,000 nursing homes across the country. Many Iowans have a...
“The Agate Polisher” I don’t think it’s my imagination that Father’s Day seems like a last-minute add-on. “Oh! We have Mother’s Day. We probably should do something for fathers. . .” On Mother’s Day, a bouquet of flowers or brunch seems to do nicely every year. There isn’t an equivalent gesture...
Here’s a controversial thought (as if there’s any other kind in our present, right?): Defunding the police is the bare minimum we should be considering in the wake of not only the past month, but the past century and then some. Half-hearted attempts at reform over the course of our nation’s...
We entered 2020 embedded in an impeachment trial. Then came a worldwide pandemic. And now we’re facing the aftermath of the brutal killing of George Floyd by a rogue Minneapolis police officer. And did I mention that it’s a presidential election year? Bitter political rhetoric seriously complicates...
Iowans are amazing. The level of civic engagement among our citizens is unrivalled. We proved that once again, when voters turned out in record numbers to cast their ballots in the June primary election. Despite an ongoing pandemic and civil unrest across the state, Iowans were determined to make...
Dear Editor, As I have said before, the Democratic party is not the party it used to be. It is now a liberal leftist party, that has the great desire to take away your liberty and freedom. Here are some of the policies being advanced by Democrats in Congress: “free” national health care for all;...

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