The 2018 Legislature was scheduled to adjourn on Tuesday, April 17, but it won’t happen anytime soon.That’s because another week has gone by and GOP leaders who control both the House and Senate can’t agree on much of anything lately, especially o
Tax Reform and Budget:
A birthday party is a fun way to recognize important milestones in a child’s life. Family and friends are invited to join in the fun, and everyone enjoys a day of celebration.
As I write this we just survived perhaps the biggest snowstorm of the season, and are bracing for another round later this week. It is not an April Fools joke, although it is indeed the month of April.
 For me it started with Martin Luther King’s “Dream” speech in 1963 when he proclaimed: “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
For the most part, we Americans value expertise. We want our physicians to possess knowledge and experience. We want our lawyers to know the law inside out.

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Well, it took me quite some time following our last national tragedy to write this column, partially because I wanted to wrap my head around the issue and not just give a knee jerk opinion in the heat of the moment. Now, having read recently on this very page, a take from Steve Bakke, on the...
Compared to most other states, Iowa has pretty good laws and administrative rules requiring openness concerning public meetings and public records. A few significant situations, however, still await remedy. Section 21 of the Iowa Code governs open meetings, and Section 22 handles public records....
The sunlight came in through the shades, shaking me from my dream. But as a 6-year-old, that just meant Saturday morning cartoons. I sprang up and dashed to the living room. As I turned on the television, there he was—a blue-and-red blur flying across the screen. Soon after, the iconic “S” came...
That of course is a line from an MC Hammer song in the 1980s, but in light of recent national events, is quite appropriate today. I am talking, of course,  about sexual harrassment in the workplace. I will not get into any of the details of any of the numerous cases that are appearing only daily...
One of the biggest problems with Christmas is how it moves around on the schedule every year. You never know when it’s going to be, when it might be coming, and then BOOM. There it is at your front door saying, “Hey, I’m Christmas. Buy stuff.” But, wait a minute . . . Christmas is on the same day...
Dear Dave, My wife and I are trying to improve our finances by living on a budget and following your plan. We’re in the middle of Baby Step 2, so we’re working to pay off everything, but our house using the debt snowball. We only bring home about $40,000 a year combined right now, so how should we...
Unlike what Governor Reynolds, Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix, and Speaker of the House Linda Upmeyer say, the House and Senate water quality proposals won’t do anything to clean up our water—they basically take money away away from other underfunded budgets and flush it down the toilet.  We have...
Prior to European colonization efforts, the Santee Sioux people in northeast Nebraska were a “food sovereign” nation—they existed in a closed loop system in which they provided for themselves, by their own efforts, from their own land, and without dependence on outside governments and systems. By...
Everyone seems to want tax reform, and there are almost as many versions of reform as there are taxpayers. Here are some ideas that help me react objectively as I face the implications of the proposed changes: General principles • If you want less of something, tax it more, and if you want more...
Q: Who launched a “day of thanksgiving” to unite America “with one heart and one voice”? A: More than 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln issued a presidential proclamation, reminding a divided nation that we are united by “gracious gifts” that should be “solemnly, reverently, and gratefully” observed...

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