“The Blue Tarp” I noticed my wrists were sticking to my desk.
As it turns out, Regular Readers, a week without “inspiration,” is always preferable to one with “inspiration.” At least when it comes to this column.
I have decided it is time to speak up. Too many things have been happening and so many of us are remaining silent. Granted, the death of George Floyd was horrific.
“Hummingbird Curfew”
As often as I seem to repeat myself of late, it may be difficult to believe that I do not enjoy doing so; but rather, it seems unavoidable given the repetitiveness day-to-day life has taken these past four to five months in isolation.
Q: Looking back three decades, how has the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) impacted society?

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There are a lot of dire predictions about our representative democracy out there. We’re just past a presidential election campaign in which candidates complained about a rigged political system. Now, commentators worry about the imminent failure of the American experiment. I don’t agree with these...
Every time that we do a wrap up of the events of the previous year, it amazes me how much can change in a period of 365 days, in a town of 2,000 people. But, change is very evident. The other thing that I find shocking, is how much I forgot, either totally, or forgot that a certain event was...
Freshman legislator, Jane Bloomingdal (R-Northwood) will be a new addition to our legislative stable of insights for 2017, and promises to not only provide her take on the X’s and O’s of what is happening in Des Moines, but also will add a personal touch, allowing us to get a feeling for life as a...
Most people have at least one bad financial habit. Whether it's impulse shopping, forgetting to pay bills on time or putting off building that emergency fund, balancing what you want to do and what you "should" do is never easy. The new year is the perfect time to identify potential financial weak...
We have been planning a basement bar for a number of years—that is the key point to remember in this story. We thought it would be neat to have the top of this bar incorporate bottle caps from the assortment of craft (and other) beers we have sampled. Over the holiday period, I decided to...
The next administration will have plenty of billionaires—and no working class populists.      Actor Jack Nicholson says he finally understood the meaning of the word irony when his mother called him an SOB. So let us consider Donald Trump, who campaigned as the populist champion of the working-...
This is the time of rebirth, in many ways. The calendar indicates that we are beginning a New Year, and many take that as a good time to examine their lives, and move in perhaps a new direction. They vow to quit smoking, swearing, drinking, overeating—pretty much any vice that you can think of—...
This president-elect prides himself on unpredictability. But conducting policy in an unpredictable way is the mark of a rogue state. As Mario Cuomo said, politicians campaign in poetry but have to govern in prose. Now we have a president-elect who campaigned in tweets...but still will have to...
Over the last several months I may have worn out protesting our choices for President. I’ve speculated on the reasons those two got to “the finals” in the first place, and agonized how I as a voter should choose between them. But that’s behind us now. It’s time we ask some important questions: What...
You may notice a few changes when you pick up the Graphic the next few weeks. Maybe you will notice a few changes when you call or email the office, as well. No, we are not rediesigning the paper. Nor are we remodeling the office, Although both are on the bucket list for the future. What is going...

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