Dear Dave,
Politics is our vehicle for reconciling the tensions, diversity and differences among us that are bound to arise as we tackle enormously difficult challenges
13.11 percent, 6.19 percent and 8.04 percent—Those are the statewide, Winnebago and Worth county voter turnouts for the recently concluded primary elections. Needless to say, all figures are well short of a majority.
In the closing hours of the 2018 session, Republicans rushed through a massive $2.8 billion tax bill with little time to let anyone review the bill or get input from Iowans. This week, Governor Reynolds signed the bill in to law.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights……Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed……—fr
Not literally, although if prices continue to climb, many of us will find ourselves priced out of much of the summer fun travel we had planned back when prices were hovering much closer to $2 per gallon, rather than $3.

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This is the time of the year that my office, while still kind of slovenly, shows some semblance of order. I am getting things ready for the upcoming tax season, I am (finally) filing away some of my reports and notes from last year, either in an actual file, or more than likely in the file that...
I live on 40 acres in rural Johnson County, an oasis of prairie, woodland, and wetland in the midst of row crops. Here I am working to restore the native oak-hickory savanna and add more prairie. This is a huge project that requires hard labor, REAP money from the DNR, and an investment of time. I...
By Jordan Rasmussen Center for Rural Affairs Despite the potential for broadband to modernize the economy in rural America, access and availability continue to lag. The President’s recent executive order affirmed this limitation and the need to commit resources to close rural America’s digital...
One wonders whether we can ever find the will to negotiate and compromise on difficult issues. We need leaders who can rise above the polarization and divisiveness, and instill a sense that we are all in this together Have you already made up your mind about how you’re going to vote—at least by...
Dear Dave, My sister has bad credit due to a lot of late payments. She has finally started to change her ways and get control of her finances, because she and her fiancé want to make an offer on a house. The bank won’t approve it if she is on the loan, and his income alone isn’t enough to get the...
 Dear Dave, I recently got a new job that requires monthly expenses of almost $5,000 that are reimbursed. I can’t swing that kind of money right now, and my company told me to get a credit card to cover things. I’m trying to get out of debt, and I don’t like this idea. What should I do? John...
We all make mistakes, unfortunately, that is an inevitable part of being human. I bring that up because last week ago, we had a doozy on the front page, where we claimed we have been around for 1456 years. Now, some days it feels like we have been around that long, but in reality it should have...
Dear Editor, Mayo is flaunting their success reflected in Becker’s Healthcare report in having two of the eight Minnesota hospitals that recently received five-star (top) ratings from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). One of these is Mayo Clinic Health System-Albert Lea....
Greetings from Capitol Hill: Water Quality Bill: This week SF512 came to the House floor for a vote following a debate, which ended in a 59-41 bipartisan vote in favor of funding legislation that will help water quality in Iowa and throughout the USA. The passing of this bill provides long-term...
Over the last year, I've traveled to every corner of the state to listen and learn what's important to Iowans. I've learned that Iowans don't ask for much and they are also extremely tired of politics as usual. They just want a decent paying job and the chance to lead a happy, healthy life. I...

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