“Animal Office Mates” Today I will get Blue again.
This week is a reluctant segue back into politics (pause for groans) . . . I know.
Dear Editor,
“The Stomachache” I get stomachaches. I get them with regularity and always have. “It’s just gas!” my mother says, and of course, she’s right.
This week’s column will be a marked departure from those I have been writing of late. And we all breathe a collective sigh of relief for the brief (but welcome) digression.
Dear Editor,

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Budget Update The House is nearing the end of its discussions of the various portions of the state budget. Below are the basic results of the Ag/Natural Resources, Education appropriation, RIIF, Transportation and Administration/Regulation budgets. Ag/Natural Resources • Appropriates a total of...
America's wealth concentration has increased tenfold since Bill Clinton first ran for president.     Imagine, after a deep sleep, you suffered the fate of Rip Van Winkle and woke in the spring of 2040. What might you find? Among other things, maybe a presidential candidate railing against America...
Budget update As we come to the official end of the session, the legislature is busy debating the various pieces of the state budget. In fact, by the time you read this letter, we will probably have completed the process of debating and passing the budget. On Monday, the House passed the Economic...
As the seas rise, presidential candidates are arguing over whose wife is hotter Our great coastal cities could be flooded within the lifetime of children born today. That’s the conclusion of researchers studying the West Antarctic ice sheet — a mass of ice larger than Mexico that could rapidly...
Every child deserves a safe, permanent and nurturing home. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are there to help abused and neglected children by serving as their voice in court. Iowa’s Court Appointed Special Advocates Program is one of the few items not seeing cuts in this tight budget...
The days comes much quicker than you think, and before you know it, it is over. You live with them every day, and sometimes wonder—are they really ready for this step? Since we are in late April, it is getting to be that time when planning for graduations has begun in earnest for those that have...
Yank Magazine, a military weekly news magazine published during World War II, ran a lengthy spread on the 34th Division in March 1945. Men from all over the United States comprised the 34th, but at one time it had been densely populated with young men from Iowa. The writer of the article titled “...
Greetings from Capitol Hill: Water Quality Monday evening, the House considered HF 2451 which creates a wastewater and drinking water financial assistance program. The bill changes the current sales tax on metered water into excise tax of six percent. This tax, along with the Rebuild Iowa...
Dodging responsibility has been raised to an art form Over more than three decades in Congress, I had the chance to question a lot of federal officials. Most of the time I wasn’t after anything dramatic—I just wanted to understand who was responsible for certain decisions. Want to know how often I...
To help in the fight against domestic violence and ensure the safety of victims, the Iowa Senate unanimously approved two major bills. Each year, thousands of Iowans suffer abuse at the hands of their spouse, former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend. In 2014, Iowa had 13 domestic abuse murders—an...

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