“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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Food shopping can quickly take over your budget despite your best intentions. Perhaps it’s due to impulse purchases, unplanned shopping trips, food going bad or a combination of all three. If you’re looking for ways to save money while enjoying nutritious and delicious meals, consider these money-...
This campaign year has been full of twists and turns. We don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, let alone on November 8. So talking about what comes afterward seems premature. But it’s been on my mind a lot, because I’m worried. This is not about who wins the presidency. I’m concerned about...
In this era of big box stores, and online shopping, it is easy to forget about Mom and Pop. They are the folks doing business in Lake Mills and similar towns. While they may not be big and flashy, like their larger counterparts, they are every bit as important to the economy as their large scale...
A recent article reminded me of the controversy surrounding the “Citizens United” Supreme Court decision. The author blamed that decision on “an-out-of-control Supreme Court.” He argued that because the “corporate entity” was created by the government, it is not endowed with any right of free...
Dear Dave, My wife and I make $100,000 a year combined, and we have about $12,000 in credit card debt. We also owe another $80,000 in student loans, and our kids’ private school education costs $1,000 a month. Is it okay for me to take a loan against my 401(k), which is invested in mutual funds,...
Want a modern civics lesson? First, forget everything you learned in high school government class about “democracy” and such. Let me tell you what I’ve learned, running as an independent for the US Senate for Iowa: It ain’t pretty. If you’re not a Democrat or Republican, the state’s leading...
Paying cash doesn’t make it smart   Dear Dave, What is your opinion on paying cash for a “tiny house”? Wes Dear Wes, This may be a really un-hip or un-cool thing to say, but I wouldn’t buy a tiny house at all. Paying cash for something like that might make the mover smarter, but that still...
Our economy and quality of life depend on a healthy environment. That’s why we’re always looking for solutions to Iowa’s water quality challenges. The Legislature established a Water Quality Initiative in 2013 as part of a strategy to reduce to nitrogen and phosphorus in our waterways by 45...
ObamaCare has been a disappointment, even for enthusiasts of the legislation! Costs far exceed projections, and the signup of those uninsured is far below original goals. The numbers aren’t likely to improve much as CBO estimates continue to project the uninsured population will remain in the “tens...
I’ve been a Democrat all my life. I believe in the party’s values, I’m pleased when its candidates win elections, and I’m persuaded the country is better off when Democratic ideas get a fair shake in the public arena. But none of this means that I favor a weak Republican Party. Indeed, just the...

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