“Big, Ridiculous Goal” My friend, Anita, is felting up a storm.
Q: What’s your take-away on the 2020 farm economy?
It should come as no surprise that the holiday season—as those that preceded it—will not be as we would expect if this were any other year.
Don’t let money fights steal your joy Dear Dave,
Q: Has Operation Warp Speed accelerated the development of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics and treatments?
“Working at Gratitude”

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How long would it take you to earn an extra $1,000? Contrary to what spam and internet ads tell us, after taking taxes and deductions into account, it's not an easy task. But you might be able to save over a thousand dollars with a little work. The key is to decrease or eliminate unnecessary...
Over the last two years, we’ve worked extensively on efforts to ensure victims are safe from their abusers. This year, Iowa started a “Safe at Home” program for victims of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, stalking and human trafficking. Dozens of Iowans are now participating in this address...
Iowans on Medicare are in the middle of the annual Medicare open enrollment period (October 15- December 7). One of the choices they have is enrolling in a Medicare Advantage plan for 2017. Before making this choice, it is important to understand how these plans work.   The first key to...
It seems like every year, the Hoiday season (Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years) seems to get its start earlier and earlier and earlier. This year, I saw my first Christmas advertisement in early October. I understand that this is a big time of year for retailers, and that a repetive message,...
The candidates have spilled millions of words this election season. How many address your concerns?  How many speak to the heart of the fact that our economy, and our country, have left millions of low-wage workers behind? Rather than advancing, they’re watching their wages stagnate and decline,...
The presidential election is approaching, and soon the votes will be counted. But how will the final result be determined? We’ve been hearing one of the candidates making charges that the election is “rigged.” I’m going to ignore that charge, and deal with the confusion over how the final decision...
It’s an issue that I personally have struggled with since I started with the paper almost nine years ago—What is news? I thought of it again last week, as we heard of the passing of former Mayor and local businessman, Dave Steffens. In many papers, this would have been a front page story, due to...
The election is upon us. Never before has there been this much dissatisfaction across the board in our presidential candidates. Trump has many observers baffled. They can’t figure out whether he’s a “breath of fresh air,” or a “puff of bad breath.” Hillary is a different sort of mystery for...
The Iowa economy is steadily moving in the right direction, and I’m working to ensure that continues. Iowans deserve good jobs and fair pay that rewards their hard work. It’s also good news that we are making strides toward decreasing economic inequality. When median income outpaces economic...
With the presidential campaign rapidly approaching, it is easy to become depressed, and wonder how we got to this point in time. But, through this mess, I have made a discovery that makes me think that brighter days are ahead. I guess deep down I have always known this—my kids are smarter then me...

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