That could be the rallying cry for fans of the Milwaukee Brewers (myself included), as they kept us entertained until the penultimate game of the season, wondering if they could somehow sneak into the playoffs in a rebuilding year, in which “the e
A few years ago, when I started trying to understand public policy and politics, one thing I tried to do was identify key differences between liberal and conservative thinking. I read a lot and wrote a bit.
A dozen years ago, the preface to a report on federal election reform began with these words: “Polls indicate that many Americans lack confidence in the electoral system, but the political parties are so divided that serious electoral reform is un
While no one should ever say “I know it’s real because I saw it on the internet,” everyone should be able to say, “I know it’s real. I read it in the newspaper.”
“Real Newspapers, Real News” is the theme of this year’s National Newspaper Week (Oct. 1-7.) Indeed, there’s always been lots of “real” at newspapers.
We tried to make a statement on our front page this week, to get the community—and ourselves—thinking about what life would be like without a local newspaper.

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Maybe your financial house is in order. Your debt is manageable or paid off. You have an emergency fund and now you're looking for ways to grow your wealth. Or, perhaps you're planning ahead by learning about different investments options. Have you considered becoming a landlord? Rent prices tend...
As you watch the healthcare proceedings on Capitol Hill, imagine what things might be like if we lived in more functional political times. In particular, what if Congress were run by pragmatists? It would not change the issues at hand. On the one side, you’d have the Republican majority in...
As I sit down to write my newsletter each Thursday, I often wonder what readers want to know.  Perhaps you’d like to know how I decide what position I take on an issue.  The process of deciding how to vote has many parts.  I gather information from staff and lobbyists on both sides of an issue.  I...
Dear Editor, My wife and I would like to publicly express our appreciation to the LMEI (Lake Mills Entertainment, Inc.) for their foresight, planning, perseverance, and hard work in making the Mills Theater a reality in North Iowa. We are truly blessed to have a healthy, vibrant theater in a town...
“Do Your Job—Save America!”               Senator Grassley, over the months I spent in 2016 opposing you for Iowa’s US Senate seat, the refrain I heard most from your detractors as well as supporters was “He should do his job” as Senate Judicial Committee head and vet Supreme Court nominee Merrick...
·  The United States is a nation of immigrants. ·  Immigration is the foundation of our country. Over the decades of the 20th century we often heard those noble claims. We still do, but in a different context. We kept those concepts in mind as we came through the era of segregation and world wars...
This is a subject that is vital to our future, in countless ways, and as such, deserves more time than can be given in one or two Gabbles. In fact, to do the topic justice, it would likely require dozens of articles, from almost as many perspectives. But, I will attempt to add to what I wrote last...
It was a privilege last week to visit with RECs, county Farm Bureaus, 4-H and FFA students in the district. All these organizations contribute much to the quality of life in rural Iowa, and for that I am grateful. Here are a few of the more significant bills we passed on the Senate floor last week...
Diverse individuals and organizations from across Iowa will assemble at Iowa State Capitol this Wednesday, March 29 for the 2017 Environmental Lobby Day and REAP Day at the Capitol. The event, which is hosted by the Iowa Environmental Council and Iowa REAP Alliance, will focus on advocating for...
What we’ve learned so far from the Republican majority is deeply troubling. Instead of focusing on the priorities of Iowans, they are passing the priorities of the special interests. They aren’t listening to Iowans nor are they actually working on legislation to improve the lives of working...

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