“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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We all have stress in our lives, especially when dealing with money. But there are habits you can incorporate into your life that will reduce money-related worries. By applying these tips, you can be well on your way to gaining control of your finances. 1. Quit comparing yourself to others. This...
All Iowans deserve the chance to get ahead. That’s why I support opportunities for Iowans to improve their situation and strengthen our middle class. There is plenty of evidence that we need to do more to make our economy stronger. For example, 31  percent of Iowa households struggle to afford...
We know when rural communities do well, America does well. Rural America provides us with the food we eat, the water we drink and the energy we use, not to mention a disproportionate percentage the Nation's military that keeps us safe from threat. That's why it's good news that in all corners of...
Becoming a caregiver for an aging relative is a profound expression of love. You may find that you will begin to take on many of the responsibilities they might have had while raising you. Like raising a family, being a caretaker can be physically, emotionally and financially challenging, but it is...
The words honor and respect have been bandied about a great deal over the last several weeks, but it seems that our varying levels of patriotism and political affiliations have much to do with how we interpret those words and the actions of those we associate with them. The recent run at these two...
Dear Dave, I’m a recently retired widow, and my husband always took care of most of our finances. We never had any debt, but after starting to learn a little bit about how money works, I’m worried that there may be too much of it invested in CDs (certificates of deposit). The total nest egg is a...
(In addition to other information sources mentioned herein, I also relied on the National Center for Policy Analysis and The Heritage Foundation. Here’s my opinion on a topic that has much bipartisan disagreement.) The federal minimum wage had its introduction in the 1938 Fair Labor Practices Act...
I’ve been involved in politics for the better part of a lifetime, and have spoken at a lot of public meetings over the years. There’s one question, I think, that I’ve heard more than any other: “If I want to be an informed citizen, which sources of information should I consult?” For many years, I...
A nationwide campaign, Take on Wall Street, is putting the people back at the table for a change. Instead of griping about the greedheads of Wall Street and the rip-off financial system they’ve hung around our necks, why don’t we Take On Wall Street? That’s both the name and the feisty attitude...
When Governor Branstad announced plans to hand over the administration of Iowa Medicaid to out-of-state, for-profit companies, I was skeptical. Medicaid provides health care to one in six Iowans, more than 500-thousand people. Medicaid is THE health care safety net that EVERY Iowa family can...

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