“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?

Opinions

The election is upon us. Never before has there been this much dissatisfaction across the board in our presidential candidates. Trump has many observers baffled. They can’t figure out whether he’s a “breath of fresh air,” or a “puff of bad breath.” Hillary is a different sort of mystery for...
The Iowa economy is steadily moving in the right direction, and I’m working to ensure that continues. Iowans deserve good jobs and fair pay that rewards their hard work. It’s also good news that we are making strides toward decreasing economic inequality. When median income outpaces economic...
With the presidential campaign rapidly approaching, it is easy to become depressed, and wonder how we got to this point in time. But, through this mess, I have made a discovery that makes me think that brighter days are ahead. I guess deep down I have always known this—my kids are smarter then me...
Food shopping can quickly take over your budget despite your best intentions. Perhaps it’s due to impulse purchases, unplanned shopping trips, food going bad or a combination of all three. If you’re looking for ways to save money while enjoying nutritious and delicious meals, consider these money-...
This campaign year has been full of twists and turns. We don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, let alone on November 8. So talking about what comes afterward seems premature. But it’s been on my mind a lot, because I’m worried. This is not about who wins the presidency. I’m concerned about...
In this era of big box stores, and online shopping, it is easy to forget about Mom and Pop. They are the folks doing business in Lake Mills and similar towns. While they may not be big and flashy, like their larger counterparts, they are every bit as important to the economy as their large scale...
A recent article reminded me of the controversy surrounding the “Citizens United” Supreme Court decision. The author blamed that decision on “an-out-of-control Supreme Court.” He argued that because the “corporate entity” was created by the government, it is not endowed with any right of free...
Dear Dave, My wife and I make $100,000 a year combined, and we have about $12,000 in credit card debt. We also owe another $80,000 in student loans, and our kids’ private school education costs $1,000 a month. Is it okay for me to take a loan against my 401(k), which is invested in mutual funds,...
Want a modern civics lesson? First, forget everything you learned in high school government class about “democracy” and such. Let me tell you what I’ve learned, running as an independent for the US Senate for Iowa: It ain’t pretty. If you’re not a Democrat or Republican, the state’s leading...
Paying cash doesn’t make it smart   Dear Dave, What is your opinion on paying cash for a “tiny house”? Wes Dear Wes, This may be a really un-hip or un-cool thing to say, but I wouldn’t buy a tiny house at all. Paying cash for something like that might make the mover smarter, but that still...

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