“Stretch Pants Lifestyle” I don’t remember exactly when I took to living in stretch pants full-time.
Q: Why is it important to keep health care clinics viable in small towns and rural communities?
“Whites, it must frankly be said, are not putting in a similar mass effort to re-educate themselves out of their racial ignorance.
“My Treat Bag” Dax stared at me in disbelief. I am the Treat Lady, and I had no treats. It was inexplicable.
“If fascism comes, it will not be identified with any ‘shirt’ movement, nor with an ‘insignia,”’but will be wrapped up in the American flag and heralded as a plea for liberty and preservation of the constitution.”
The legislative session for 2021 begins on January 11 and promises to be unique in many ways. We will be gathering in person, but will have many adjustments to make to limit the number of people in one space and allow for social distancing.

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“Scary Stories” It’s the season for all things scary and I found myself wondering how many people are actually looking for more things to frighten them this year. There is a new horror movie about Zoom that is supposed to be terrific . . . and I won’t be watching it. I’ve never been a fan of...
I’ve spoken before about my frustration with lost/wasted time. With time that is stolen from me, rather than time I actively decide to waste, myself (which is, admittedly, is also too abundant, thanks in equal parts to depression, COVID-related isolation, and laziness). Time with my father when he...
Q: How has COVID-19 intensified the need to bridge the digital divide in rural America? A: There’s no question the pandemic has lent even greater urgency for expanded access to affordable, reliable and comprehensive high-speed internet services for communities across Iowa. As households adjust to...
Had the Iowa Legislature passed the proposed Invest in Iowa Act during the 2020 legislative session, more than $1.37 billion would have been available for natural resources and outdoor recreation initiatives by 2029, according to a report released today by the Center for Rural Affairs. “A decade...
Dear Editor, Your vote is just around the corner. I would ask that everyone would take the time to study the platforms of the Democrat and Republican parties. Much more can be gleaned from the platform, than from any commercial. If the platform doesn’t say anything about a given issue, it most...
Throughout my career, I’ve talked to countless people who sleepwalk through life and have no plan for their financial future. They live in a fantasy land of wishful thinking, assuming the government will take care of them or their kids will step up to the plate. National Save for Retirement Week...
“Nothing Happening” “I’m hunkering down,” Rebecca told me. I know what she means. My friend, Rebecca, just returned from a road trip she made after a lot of careful consideration. First, her mother was sick. Then she fell and broke her hip. Rebecca’s mother is 90 and she did not seem to be...
I make no secret of the fact that it is far easier for me to be forthcoming on political matters, topics, and opinions, than it is for me to weave personal narratives. So, when I wavered between two topics this week, it is no surprise where I landed—especially with the Supreme Court confirmation...
I attended junior high and high school in Lake Mills—class of ’68—and for that I’m grateful. I want to relate some pleasant thoughts about my hometown. Those formative, “sensible” years in Lake Mills have a great deal to do with how I react to many of the issues we face daily. Dad (Lewy) was a...
Q: What is the federal government doing to protect a free and fair election?  A: As the world’s largest economy and beacon of democracy, it’s not a secret that our elections are targeted by foreign adversaries seeking to sow discord and division in the United States of America. For the last four...

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