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The upcoming June 7 primary election is an excellent opportunity for Iowans to make their voices heard. I believe voting is one the most important duties we have as citizens of this great state and nation, and I encourage all eligible Iowans to participate in our elections.    It is important for...
I’ve written countless columns on the sickness that is mass shootings in the U.S.—one as recently as last week when 3 were bunched together in the headlines. And now, unsurprisingly, another one. This isn’t the first time weapons have been turned against children, and because nothing has...
Virtually all Americans are in a tizzy about the forthcoming Roe v. Wade ruling—drafted by Supreme Court justice Samuel Alito—that was leaked to the public. Pro-birth advocates, comprised mostly of Republicans, are hopeful abortion rights will be overturned while most supporters of the Democratic...
Recently, a couple of reporters at The New York Times published an intriguing story about conversations between House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy and other members of his leadership team. It was shortly after the events of Jan. 6 at the Capitol, and they were talking about what to do about...
The obvious and unceasing issues that have seemingly become more and more prevalent and aggressive in recent years are not, in fact, new phenomena. A major problem with mainstream media reporting is that the lens through which news is reported is still very narrow, and therefore, problems are...
“You gotta keep poking and clicking,” a friend tells me. “That’s what my daughter does.” By this, she means that learning new technology is not a straight path. I have to play with it. I have to find the process of learning fun and challenging and not get hung up when I make mistakes along the...
Often in recent months, I struggle to find new subjects for commentary in this column. Typically, I will scour reputable national and global news sources for top stories in order to get ideas of what may be of the most relevance, or what I have strong feelings about. Tonight, as I once again...
This time of year still hits me hard. It is the anniversary of the death of my best girlfriend, Angel, who died too young and left an Angel-shaped hole in my life. “Can it be six years?” I ask my husband, Peter, in disbelief. Angel died at 50 years old, six years ago. In the years since she...
Every piece of news that pops up on my phone makes me more and more reluctant to ever return. I’ve asked my sweetheart (only half joking), “How willing would you be to harbor a fugitive, because I’m very tempted to overstay my welcome.” If women do not have FULL bodily autonomy, their rights are...
Having just watched a Supreme Court nominee supported by a comfortable majority of Americans draw just three Republican votes in the Senate, you could be forgiven for thinking bipartisanship in Congress is a thing of the past. And in the case of Supreme Court nominees, you’d be right: The last time...

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