Dear Dave,
Politics is our vehicle for reconciling the tensions, diversity and differences among us that are bound to arise as we tackle enormously difficult challenges
13.11 percent, 6.19 percent and 8.04 percent—Those are the statewide, Winnebago and Worth county voter turnouts for the recently concluded primary elections. Needless to say, all figures are well short of a majority.
In the closing hours of the 2018 session, Republicans rushed through a massive $2.8 billion tax bill with little time to let anyone review the bill or get input from Iowans. This week, Governor Reynolds signed the bill in to law.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights……Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed……—fr
Not literally, although if prices continue to climb, many of us will find ourselves priced out of much of the summer fun travel we had planned back when prices were hovering much closer to $2 per gallon, rather than $3.

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Greetings from Capitol Hill Governor Reynolds Condition of the State Address On Tuesday January 9, Governor Reynolds presented her first Condition of the State Address. Governor Reynolds replaced the former Governor Branstad when he was selected to become the American Ambassador for China. Gov....
Set aside for the moment, philosophical and scientific climate change arguing. Withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord brought “energy and the environment” back into the news. Since that agreement has plenty for both liberals and conservatives to be unhappy with, perhaps we will eventually see at...
I hope that in 2018 we can re-focus on one of the defining characteristics of being an American: that we devote ourselves to something larger than ourselves This may seem odd, but as I look ahead to a year we all know will be momentous, you want to know what I feel most strongly? Gratitude. I’ll...
In light of the fact that I do not do New Year’s resolutions, I still wanted to commemorate the start of a new year—so I decided on wishes instead. Some are general, some more specific. Others are local, while many are worldwide. A few are silly, but most I think are both heartfelt and serious. So...
Congress will write a new farm bill in 2018. Initiatives that support conservation, beginning farmers, local and regional markets, and rural businesses are up for debate. We believe the new farm bill should: Protect and improve farm conservation programs—Stewardship of our land and water for...
Have you noticed there are some business owners who just seem to get it right every time? It seems like anything they touch turns to gold. How do they do it? What’s that magic formula that finds them so blessed, while many other entrepreneurs continue to struggle? For most successful people, it’s...
If you’re like the Hogan household, the month of December means one thing—Christmas. Decorations, parties, church, family time and lots of stocking stuffers. In the seasonal hullabaloo, it’s easy to forget one very important activity that must be on your to-do list: an end-of-year financial check-...
How can anyone be against something that has the word neutral in it, right? Neither too agressive, nor too passive, it seems like it has been just the right mix for years. In fact, the net has pretty much always been neutral, that fact was merely guaranteed and protected by the Obama...
Dear Editor, The leaves have changed color and fallen to the ground, Halloween and Thanksgiving have passed, and soon Christmas and New Year’s will be here. Any place you visit has decorations, lights, and signs of celebration. This time of year can bring both joy and stress to many of us. During...
Stocking stuffers at Christmas are kind of like cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving. It’s there every year, but it’s usually an afterthought. It’s the opening band for the big concert. But don’t you think the Christmas stocking deserves a little more love? After all, those stockings—hung delicately...

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