Evaluating insurance needs Dear Dave,
“Dog Stories” My husband, Peter, and I miss having a dog. I see a lot of dogs on the trail during my daily hike, and so Peter (who is always full of good ideas—usually about things I should do) suggested I carry dog treats.
I’ve never needed a President, or any other figurehead, to pander to me or reaffirm my beliefs—I don’t expect it, and, frankly, would not care to listen.
Do you want control over your land? Letter to the Editor, Farmers, Ranchers, Landowners, and anyone interested in the consequences of government officials making harmful decisions,  
“The World of Birds” The raven nest was the big news this spring.
Ignorance is one of those concepts that—no matter how obvious or widespread it becomes—never ceases to sicken and surprise with the ridiculous power it holds over certain portions of the population.

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When Fox News reporters, Fortune 500 executives, Wall Street Journal conservative writers, former U.N. Ambassador and Gov. Nikki Haley (Rep.) and especially Center for Disease Control personnel repeatedly tell President Trump that massive COVID-19 testing and tracing of 328 million Americans is...
“A Little Stir-Crazy” It’s safe to say everyone is getting a bit tired of it. My parents, both in their 80s, were going a little stir-crazy in Florida. They missed their house in the woods and so they filled the RV with food and water, and drove 2,000 miles north. I was worried about them,...
Misinformation was a pandemic in the U.S. long before the literal pandemic of Covid-19 began infecting the country. Now, however, the dangers of misinformation are more real and in many ways more evident; and the spread of uninformed theories, conspiracies, and “cures,” pop up each day, along with...
By Sens. Chuck Grassley and Bill Cassidy It’s no longer business as usual in America. Let’s end business as usual in Washington. The coronavirus pandemic is creating extraordinary times that call upon us to be ready for the next one. When public health experts warned of an existential urgency to...
 Why has so much of the political discussion boiled down to hostile questions and answers at press-conferences and in political analyses on tv, radio, in print and on the internet? We really shouldn’t be surprised. We’ve had almost two decades of “derangement syndromes” focused on our presidents....
Dear Editor, Right now, all Iowans should be worried about, is taking care of themselves, their loved ones, and staying safe and healthy druing this COVID-19 crisis. Unfortunately, that’s not possible with the Reynolds administration rolling back nearly all environmental protections from the...
“Peppermint Ice Cream” “I love seeing all the people in the park,” my sister told me on the phone the other night. “I can tell who is together because they are walking in little clumps!” I love that idea: little satellites orbiting the park—usually with a dog—keeping a safe distance from the...
Those who read this column each week likely have a reasonably solid idea of my personal politics, and also that I have no illusions as to the practicality of our system and find in it many flaws and failings. Nothing is perfect—we all know this—yet any change is regarded with abhorrence in favor of...
Dear Editor, One of the blessings of living in a smaller community is the caring and loving gestures that never end. What a pleasant surprise to come to work (Forest Plaza Assisted Living) and see a note—an Easter Lily for each employee staff member. And of course, the tenants already received an...
Our will, along with the millions of small businesses we serve is being tested by the devastating impact of coronavirus (COVID-19.) I want to assure you we are working every day to make sure help is on the way. As of today, nearly 500,000 loans valued at more than $130 billion dollars from over 4,...

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