“The Cigar Box” I spent the weekend in New York City. I hadn’t been to New York in quite a while. I was performing at a theater conference and so was traveling alone, without my husband, Peter.
The Iowa caucuses begin in less than two weeks—the first in the nation, as we are often reminded. A position that is treated as prestigious, without any real rationale as to where the prestige comes from.
We are on our way again. This will be my eighth year as your state representative. I believe that we have done an excellent job taking care of our state during this period of time.
Q: What should Iowans know about human trafficking?
“Unexpected Cowboy” I want to start out by making it clear that I have nothing against cowboys.
Keep your dignity, and work your way out Dear Dave,

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By Lu Nelsen, policy associate Center for Rural Affairs As more renewable energy is developed across the nation, regulators and policymakers must prepare for the changing electric power landscape. Clean power commitments have increased at the county and city levels, with 11 counties and 104...
Test his resolve Dear Dave, Our son is 27, and he has a good job making $55,000 a year. Recently, we learned he financed an expensive car he’s now upside down on. In addition, he has accumulated over $15,000 in credit card debt. He lives in a small town, and only pays $650 a month in rent, but he...
 Small and rural communities often depend on trade and export markets to keep the lights on and the doors open at their farms and businesses. The new North American trade deal—the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)—is a critical step to improving access to two of our most important...
Q: What’s your take on the so-called Green New Deal? A: The Green New Deal is a throwback to FDRs New Deal from decades ago. It ostensibly was proposed to address climate change. However, a closer look at the details reveals an out-of-touch mindset and off-the-wall overreach by big government...
“Not Popular” I was not popular in high school. Everyone says this. I now realize that no one—not even the most popular person in high school—self-identifies as popular. Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of Facebook friend requests from people I scarcely knew in high school. I have a 40th class...
Though there are a million topics that I could—and want to—discuss this week (the burning of the Amazon, the melting of the Arctic, the crashing of ecosystems and the extinction of vital species), I promised myself that I would make this week’s article more personal and less “political”  . . . But...
Dear Editor, A recent article from the Farm Bureau is claiming Iowa families don’t have any reason to be scared to drink Iowa’s water. This claim left me in a state of shock, considering Iowa has over 750 impaired waterways. It goes on to explain, that 98 percent of Iowans received water that met...
So, your kids are in high school. Honestly, you’re already crushing it as a parent, especially if you still have your sanity. Before you celebrate too hard, though, there’s one more thing to think about—college. If you’re like most parents, the idea of paying for your kids’ college gives you...
Rural communities are struggling to keep health care services available to their residents. Like most Americans, Iowans share growing concerns about the rising cost of prescription drugs, out-of-pocket health expenses and surprise medical bills. In states such as Iowa and Nebraska, we also face...
“Second Sunset” I spent the last couple weeks visiting my parents. I’ve been lucky in the parent department. It’s fashionable to recall some pivotal incident that occurred when we were eight and extrapolate how every difficulty experienced in our life since is a result. But I’ve never seen any...

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