Evaluating insurance needs Dear Dave,
“Dog Stories” My husband, Peter, and I miss having a dog. I see a lot of dogs on the trail during my daily hike, and so Peter (who is always full of good ideas—usually about things I should do) suggested I carry dog treats.
I’ve never needed a President, or any other figurehead, to pander to me or reaffirm my beliefs—I don’t expect it, and, frankly, would not care to listen.
Do you want control over your land? Letter to the Editor, Farmers, Ranchers, Landowners, and anyone interested in the consequences of government officials making harmful decisions,  
“The World of Birds” The raven nest was the big news this spring.
Ignorance is one of those concepts that—no matter how obvious or widespread it becomes—never ceases to sicken and surprise with the ridiculous power it holds over certain portions of the population.

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This may be a subject that I have touched on in various ways throughout the past 21 months, but with the spread of the coronavirus and my previous columns touching on my thoughts in regards to that—as well as the plethora of misinformation surrounding the mystifying concept of Medicare for All....
Take time to heal and to learn Dear Dave, I went through a divorce a couple of months ago, and I’m not sure what to do next. I received custody of our kids, ages 13 and 15, plus I have a good job and I got the house in the settlement. It’s a nice, simple home, but it’s paid for and worth about $...
 Have you started planning your summer vacation yet? It’ll be sipping-lemonade-by-the-pool season before you know it. I love vacations, but here’s what I don’t love: Nearly 40 percent of millennials are willing to go into debt for their trips. Coming back home to credit card bills makes the end of...
“In Defense of Pollyanna” I think Pollyanna might have gotten a bum rap. More than once in my life I’ve been accused of having a “Pollyanna attitude.” I didn’t actually know what this meant, except that it was not a good thing. Being “a Pollyanna” implied having an unrealistically sunny view of...
Many issues were debated this week, and much progress was made on issues that have been “in the works” for a long time. On Tuesday, the House and Senate finally came to an agreement on K-12 school funding. We will be designating almost $100 million in new funding for schools. This will include $7....
Greetings from Capitol Hill: We are now halfway through Session. This week has been consistently busy between debate, committees, and keeping up on my legislative priorities for the Session. Marriage and family are very close to my heart. I like to take every opportunity that I can get to promote...
Dear Editor, In 2010, I voted for IWILL, because I was ashamed of Iowa’s investment in our natural resources. I’ve never been a big fan of increasing sales taxes, but I agreed that something needed to be done, and that together we as a state should invest in trails, recreation, and conservation....
“Push-Ups with Bob” Bob suggested we all do push-ups. I guess I should mention that I don’t know Bob. Peter, my husband, knew Bob in high school. To be perfectly honest, I’m not sure Peter and Bob were even close pals in high school. But Bob sent me a Facebook friend request shortly after he...
With my ticket to South Africa booked for less than a month from now, my travel plans have sparked increased concern among my family and my sweetheart with the commotion surrounding the coronavirus permeating the news. In one of our calls over the weekend, he asked (as many have): “Are you worried...
Dear Lake Mills Graphic: I do have to say that I am rather disappointed in the front page of your Feb. 19 issue.  I was expecting to read about the hard work and the accomplishments of the Lake Mills wrestling team who qualified for the Iowa State Dual Team Tournament as well as the three...

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