“Unexpected Cowboy” I want to start out by making it clear that I have nothing against cowboys.
Keep your dignity, and work your way out Dear Dave,
It’s the first month of a new year, and with new beginnings new goals are set, new plans laid out, new dreams forged for the next year ahead (or five years, or 10, etc.). At least, that is commonly the case.
What do you think will be the top priorities for the 2020 legislative session?
 Q: What’s in store for 2020?
The year 2020 has not so subtly began and it seems that, so far, it’s just more of the same. Somehow we seem to regress as the years advance, rather than progress. Because the world doesn’t progress linearly: everything is a cycle.

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Q: What is the REAL ID Act of 2005 and why did Congress pass it? A: Last month marked the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, 19 terrorists boarded U.S. commercial airliners with murderous intent to hijack the planes and kill as many innocent people as possible...
First things first Dear Dave, My husband and I are in our thirties. We have $15,000 in debt spread across student loans, credit cards, and a car payment. We make decent money, and we’ve each got around $50,000 in our 401(k) plans. What steps can we take toward becoming good investors? Heather...
By Justin Carter, project associate Center for Rural Affairs Across the country, kids are reaping the benefits and heading back to school with local foods on their plates. October is National Farm to School Month and programs are kicking off to improve student health and strengthen our...
“Blooming Late” I realized that I might be a late bloomer—a little late, naturally. I love hearing about prodigies: the five-year-old drummer or the 16-year-old activist. I love hearing the nine-year-old who sings like an old soul and reading about the 14-year-old who just completed a master’s...
“Forgive me, Honey, but I have to ask . . . what are your feelings about this impeachment talk?” SIGH . . . “Oh . . . This should be good.” Oh, yeah. Buckle up, guys. It’s your turn to hear my mixed-up thoughts on this chaos. As many followers of this column will already be aware, my views and...
Dear Editor, Media and politicans, including Democratic Presidential candidates, have been spreading the idea that union workers like their health insurance so much, it creates an obstacle for implementing Medicare for All. As I write, United Auto Workers (UAW) members are on strike at GM,...
Q: What does the new trade pact with Japan mean for Iowa? A: The United States and Japan announced in September a trade agreement that expands access to a lucrative overseas market for U.S. agriculture exports. This trade deal is good news for American agriculture. Our nation’s farmers and...
Q: Why does the United States train dogs for diplomatic service overseas?   A: The Explosive Detection Canine Program (EDCP) has operated for more than two decades under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to assist foreign countries and our international law enforcement partners with...
“Forever Home” “The septic guy can’t find the cover, call him,” was the message. I’ve been getting a lot of messages like this since I decided to put my 100+ year-old farmhouse up for sale. I haven’t lived in the farmhouse for years now—not since I moved out to go to graduate school and become a...
As I type this, it is officially the first day of autumn. At least, according to the calendar. The weather, as usual, has its own agenda. The summer’s sweltering heat and the winter’s torrent of snow linger longer and longer each year, it seems—leaving fall and spring with seemingly only a few...

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