“The Cigar Box” I spent the weekend in New York City. I hadn’t been to New York in quite a while. I was performing at a theater conference and so was traveling alone, without my husband, Peter.
The Iowa caucuses begin in less than two weeks—the first in the nation, as we are often reminded. A position that is treated as prestigious, without any real rationale as to where the prestige comes from.
We are on our way again. This will be my eighth year as your state representative. I believe that we have done an excellent job taking care of our state during this period of time.
Q: What should Iowans know about human trafficking?
“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,

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It’s so easy in a presidential election year to forget that our system is not about a single person. This year especially, when the dynamics of the presidential contest have dominated news coverage so thoroughly that even the Senate and House races have largely disappeared from view, the crucial...
President Obama has recommended an increase in Social Security (SS) benefits to be paid for by more taxes on the wealthy. He’s actually announcing to the next Administration that he isn’t going to get it done, so they’d better. He obviously thinks Social Security benefits are too “stingy” . Mr....
According to official records—June is the time to celebrate national “Great Outdoors Month” recognizing it as the start of the summer. Great Outdoors Week started in 1998 and expanded to Great Outdoors Month in 2004. I would hope that every month is “Great Outdoors Month,” but, for sake of this...
Newsflash: Donald Trump isn’t as retrograde on climate change as we thought. It turns out he’s well aware of the dangers of global warming­—at least to his golf courses. The Republican presidential hopeful is so concerned, in fact, that he’s petitioned the Irish government to let him build a...
I struggle with gun violence events and the maze of perplexing and conflicting statistics and arguments about gun violence in the U.S. I constantly come away feeling we are somehow “missing the boat.” In the face of decreasing violent crime and gun violence overall, we nevertheless do have a...
“Boy, there is nothing to do in this town.” “I wish we had _____ in Lake Mills.” Many of us have probably had thoughts similar to those expressed above at some point in our lives, related to our satisfaction with life in Lake Mills. It struck me several times over the past year, that as long-time...
Let’s face it - Medicare is confusing.  It’s even more confusing when changes in the law occur.  Sometimes those changes are easy to understand.   Other times laws are so hard to interpret that everyday Iowans throw their hands up in disgust without getting the answers they need. Luckily, the Iowa...
Have you thought about what life looks like after you get married? It’s easy to get so caught up in being engaged, booking your honeymoon, and planning for the big day that you forget all about life on the other side. But today, I want you to stop for a minute, take a breath, and think about this...
It has been 35 years since Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural speech as President—the one in which he said, “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” Over that time, hostility toward government seems only to have grown, led by politicians and...
Iowa needs skilled workers to fill immediate openings and anticipated retirements over the next five years. Our state has an average of 34,718 daily job vacancies and more than 100,000 workers are likely to retire by 2021. Attracting and retaining military service members and veterans can help...

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