“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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Advancement in technology has made electric vehicles a viable option for rural residents, allowing for longer travel ranges and faster charging time. But, charging infrastructure is still limited. Most charging stations are located near major highways or interstate routes, or found throughout urban...
 Americans from coast to coast disagree about plenty of issues. As a U.S. senator, I know at least one issue that unites all Americans: Drug prices are too high. The soaring cost of prescription medicine has struck a nonpartisan nerve. Sticker shock is hitting consumers at the pharmacy counter and...
Oversight is often a vehicle for change in the federal government. In order to solve a problem, you need to know what it is, how bad it is and why it’s happening. Oversight is an important tool to find answers to those questions as well as ensure the appropriate steps are taken to solve the...
“No Coffee” Peter was up before anyone else—as he often is. My husband, Peter, gets up early in order to have enough time to brood, before busybodies like me expect him to engage in cheerful conversation. But this morning, we were staying at my parents’ cabin and there was a glitch in the plans....
For those of you that have followed this column since my father began it, you probably recall that my father would occasionally use it as a platform to discuss sports—controversies, predictions, or simply venting over the latest win or loss. You may also have realized that, since I have taken over...
Do you know what millionaires say is the number one tool for building wealth? Is it single stocks? Nope. How about real estate? Guess again. What about an inheritance? Not even close.   The answer, according to our National Study of Millionaires, is the 401(k). In fact, eight out of 10...
 If you’re a parent, here’s something we’re both passionate about: making sure your kids have a great future. I want to help you and your kids get ready for life after high school so they can continue to college (and beyond) with a plan and a purpose. And a huge part of that is paying for school...
Q: Why are suicide rates increasing in the United States? A: In the last two decades, suicide rates are on the rise, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), making it one of the leading causes of death in the United States. The federal agency reports more than 47...
“Marriage Stew” I told my husband, Peter, that our marriage was like stew—and that’s a good thing. This is a second marriage for both Peter and me. We were both married for a long time and then divorced for quite a while. We dated other people and realized how tricky the whole process of finding...
You may recognize the internet-made famous line “There are too many damn snakes on this damn plane” from the aptly named (and, personally, unwatched) movie, “Snakes on a Plane.” Well, that about sums up my thoughts thus far on the presidential campaigns—especially on the Progressive side: “There...

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