The 2018 Legislature was scheduled to adjourn on Tuesday, April 17, but it won’t happen anytime soon.That’s because another week has gone by and GOP leaders who control both the House and Senate can’t agree on much of anything lately, especially o
Tax Reform and Budget:
A birthday party is a fun way to recognize important milestones in a child’s life. Family and friends are invited to join in the fun, and everyone enjoys a day of celebration.
As I write this we just survived perhaps the biggest snowstorm of the season, and are bracing for another round later this week. It is not an April Fools joke, although it is indeed the month of April.
 For me it started with Martin Luther King’s “Dream” speech in 1963 when he proclaimed: “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
For the most part, we Americans value expertise. We want our physicians to possess knowledge and experience. We want our lawyers to know the law inside out.

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Our nation is struggling with finding solutions to problems of violence—in particular violent episodes in which guns are used to take multiple lives. I’ve commented on this problem before, always trying to be the wise pundit who makes measured statements about not jumping into the wrong solutions...
The old adage that if you want to be successful, you need to think big, may contain more than a grain of truth. However, thinking small is not a bad idea either. This week kicks off the traditional start of the Christmas shopping season with Black Friday (now creeping into Thanksgiving Day) sales...
Since well before we became a country to the present day, America has attracted people who are willing to leave behind everything and everyone they know and settle in a strange land just to have the opportunity to work hard and provide for their families. In fact, the colonists’ taking up of arms...
Dear Dave, Do you have any tips for how single people can stay on track with their finances? Deb Dear Deb, The first thing I’d suggest is the same advice I give to married couples, and that is to spend less than you make, and live on a written, monthly budget. Sit down at the end of each month...
As Republicans in Congress move forward on their tax plan, it’s worth remembering one thing: whatever the legislative particulars, keep your eye on the plan’s impact on the federal debt. Our debt load is already worrisome. It’s almost certainly going to get worse. There are a lot of different ways...
As we enter November, we also enter a time of celebration, kicking off this month with Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a time to not only give thanks for all which we are blessed, but also to reach out to help others enjoy some of what we maybe take for granted. This year, the Lake Mills Area...
What a sad, sad example that Mayo is setting. First of all, I want to state that my vision of “Mayo” as a clinic is wonderful with many skilled and caring doctors and nurses and staff, just like our hospital /clinic was. So instead I need to say Mayo Administration is setting a bad example in...
By Rhea Landholmrheal@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs Family farmers and ranchers have waited years for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to institute basic fairness protections in the poultry and livestock industries. However, last week, officials announced a rollback of two rules of...
We have now hit November, which means the holiday shopping season is hitting full stride, in a sprint until the end of the year, when things will suddenly drop off. Paraphrasing the words of a mentor in the newspaper business, Harris Honsey, come January and February you start to think that nobody...
There is too much violence in America—gun violence in particular. The mass murders in Las Vegas brought the gun control debate to renewed prominence. There are between 12,000 and 13,000 gun deaths from homicide and accidents each year in the U.S. That’s tragic. How can we reduce those numbers? I’m...

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