“Time to Spare” “Do you have time for this?” my husband, Peter, asked.
Gasoline, microchips, chlorine, lumber, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, straws, chicken, ketchup, oat milk . . . What kind of list is this?
“The Homes of Dead People” A cousin of mine reportedly said, “I can’t imagine living in a house where other people have lived!”
At least 24 children went missing in South Dakota last month—nearly one child every day throughout the month of May—and if one were to try to look it up they would find a total of . . .
“Best Wishes” I just learned that my ex-husband has remarried. I learned this as we learn about all important life milestones these days: on Facebook.
I’m sick of it, too, alright?

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Dear Editor, As an Iowan and a member of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, I am fed up with the obscene costs of elections and the nauseating levels of political spending. Nationally, $14 billion was spent on the 2020 elections, with $234 million going towards the Ernest/Greenfield Senate...
Q: Why did you re-introduce the Balanced Budget Amendment? A: Iowans work hard for their money. As a taxpayer watchdog, I conduct congressional oversight to root out wasteful spending and as a senior member of the Senate Budget Committee, support budgetary tools to restore fiscal discipline. The...
“. . . I will never falter, And I will not fail.” Airman’s Creed Week 3. Here. We. Go. This week we started debating the first set of bills on the floor. Some of the bills include: HF 196, HF 197, HF 200, and one of the most important, HJR 5. House Joint Resolution 5 is as follows: A Joint...
Last year, I got to go to my sister-in-law’s wedding. At the reception, as people were finishing up their dinner and cake, the DJ got the music going and everyone made their way to the dance floor. I grabbed my five-year-old son’s hand, walked onto the floor, and started to twirl him around. We...
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the uncertainty and worry college students annually feel about focusing on the right career and finding their dream job. The job market for young people is down, many schools have switched to remote learning, and many school resources aren’t available. As a...
Working from home is the new normal for millions of Americans, and many companies are planning to make the move permanent even if vaccines bring an end to the pandemic. Whether that’s the case at your company, your bosses are giving you an option, or if you want to make a case to them to work...
“The Flatworm Principle” A friend of mine told me something so amazing, I had to look it up to see if it was true. In 1960, a series of experiments was done with flatworms in which a bunch of flatworms were taught where to find food. This was news all on its own, as the flatworm is not a species...
In late December, Congress passed the Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act of 2020. A lot has happened in the time since, but we believe this legislation deserves a second look. As a joint COVID-19 relief and fiscal year 2021 appropriations bill, funded at $2.3 trillion, this act has strong...
Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad. A milestone I have not yet achieved in my own personal life (I shudder at that “yet”), nor my romantic life (which, in contrast, is a “yet” I look forward to). You had more years together before marriage, of course, and certainly not enough after. But, while our...
Week two of the 2021 legislative session was filled with subcommittee meetings. Subcommittees are the first step in writing a new law and the public is able to participate at that point. This year we are encouraging public testimony electronically. Usually two Republican members of the subcommittee...

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