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“A Great Time to Get Old” “It’s a great time to get old!” That’s what my husband, Peter, says. He’s right. And getting old is—as the saying goes—better than the alternative. I was thinking this while waiting for my father to get a pacemaker. My father had no idea he needed a pacemaker until two...
As we near the end of this legislative session the volume of our work each day goes down, but the importance of it does not. With the availability of quality child care being a problem for many families, the Senate amended and passed HF 2198. This bill will ease some regulations, including allowing...
ADJOURNMENT TAKES ONE STEP FORWARD, TWO STEPS BACK In our second week of overtime, we’ve heard from lots of Iowans who are more than fed up with politics, and think it is time for the session to adjourn. I couldn’t agree more.    In an effort to close down the legislative session, the Governor...
Astute individuals read information from multiple sources, research material up one side and down the other and develop their own opinions versus being lemmings to the dictum of others. A news source that is gaining more attention as political divisiveness becomes apparent is `Think Tanks’. Think...
“The Job I Want” “Dress for the job you want!” was advice I heard from an early age. I took this advice to heart. I was working a lowly job in a government office while applying for jobs in businesses around town. I had never worked in business, but I had a freshly minted business degree, so I...
School Vouchers Push Session Into OT The Iowa Legislature is officially in overtime. And there’s no end in sight. The Speaker of the House sent everyone home over a week ago and hasn’t called us back yet. The Iowa Senate brought folks back to the Capitol earlier this week, but they all left...
An interesting thing happened after Russia invaded Ukraine. Though U.S. standing in the world had taken a knock after the much-needed but chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, there was no question where the world’s democracies would turn for leadership in the Ukraine crisis. As much of Europe and...
Being 9,000 miles from home may seem far, but it has felt more natural than ever before. However, calling it a vacation or an escape, would not be entirely accurate. Ever since disembarking from my plane, every day my phone has notified me about something awful happening back home or somewhere...
“A Very Bad Smell” Of course, we should have known something was wrong. The nice thing about living in our new condo is that we don’t have the responsibilities of a stand-alone home. There is no yard to rake, no snow to shovel. There is someone at the front desk who will take in our mail and even...
Just a week out from what is supposed to be the end of session, the most consistent thing I’ve heard from Iowans this year is that they are fed up with politics. They’ve seen the endless division and controversies at the State Capitol and wonder why any real progress hasn’t been made that impacts...

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