Many have been decrying the lack of political discourse over the past few years, and how uncivil we have become as a society.
The Trump Administration, like its predecessors, has shown an apparent appetite for the use of force overseas. The “mother of all bombs” dropped on Syrian troops, saber-rattling toward North Korea, deployments of U.S.
I’ve spent my life in many places, with one of the longest tenures being Edina, Minnesota. We have a bold, talented, and intrepidly liberal Senator named Al Franken.
Whether it’s a matter of comfort, appearance or safety, there are many medical procedures that you may want or need, but your health insurance won’t cover.
At the ripe old age of 26, I returned to Osceola, to be the Director of the Clarke County Office of the Iowa Department of Human Services. My office was down the hall from the offices of the treasurer, auditor, and recorder.
Moving into a place of your own for the first time is a huge step. I remember my first post-college apartment move. It was nothing special, but it was mine. It came with a few new challenges and responsibilities and all sorts of opportunities.

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Dear Editor, I don't know if I've ever written a letter to the editor. But with our new president I find myself praying more for our nation, leaders and world. And I find myself very concerned by what I hear our new president saying. Many say "let's wait and see" but when we hear untruths spoken...
This week the House has made a good amount of progress on reconciling the shortfalls in the FY17 budget. The Republican caucus has reached an agreement on the various portions of the budget that will be cut in order to balance the budget by approximately $117 million. The budget adjustment is now...
If you watched Donald Trump’s recent press conference, you may have overlooked a telling and worrisome moment. A CNN reporter tried to ask the president-elect about the extent of his ties to Russian officials. “No! Not you. No! Your organization is terrible,” responded Mr. Trump, and moved on to...
Football lovers are in a frenzy this time of year. The NFL and NCAA playoffs are in full swing, and the Big Game is just weeks away. While most fans focus on the players and their exploits on the field, a lot can be learned from the men on the sidelines who devise strategy and call the plays....
Speaking as both a community journalist and a citizen of the United States, I have a few bits of advice for those we elect to govern our country. This will not come as a surprise to many who read this column regularly, but my sentiments today are primarily aimed at Donald Trump, although they apply...
The 2017 legislative session opened last week and there is a sense of uncertainty here in Des Moines and DC. My hope this year is the divisiveness and bitterness that ruled the campaign can be put aside at the State Capitol this year. As the minority party in the House this year, we know there is...
What does an engagement ring look like? For many people, my wife included, the answer is a diamond ring. While that’s a concept that didn’t become widely accepted until the diamond industry’s marketing campaigns in the mid-1900s, it’s one that holds strong today. However, some couples are going in...
Diminishing wildlife habitat, topsoil erosion, flooding and water quality degradation were growing conservation problems facing Iowa over a decade ago. Recognizing the need for action and growing budget shortfalls to address these important issues, the Iowa Legislature formed the Advisory Committee...
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...

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