“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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National Ag Day We started the week by celebrating National Ag Day on Tuesday when we took time to appreciate the fact that everyone in the United States, as my colleague, Senator Zumbach, told us, “has bountiful, high quality, safe, environmentally friendly, low cost food.” Iowa has the...
If there’s a theme that sets this political season apart, it’s the voters’ utter disdain for most of the people who practice politics. They’re fed up with politicians, they’ve lost faith and confidence in the political elite, and they don’t believe that the realm where politicians ply their craft—...
Session schedule The Iowa Legislature is scheduled to complete its session on April 19. Before this deadline, the legislature must come to an agreement on the seven components of the state budget. Over the next month our attention will be turning more heavily to discussing the budget so that we...
A new report from the Iowa Council of Foundations provides a snapshot of recent philanthropy across the state as a result of casino gaming revenue. The Iowa Legislature approved this charitable giving because it has a positive impact throughout the state. Endow Iowa is a catalyst for philanthropy...
Greetings from Capitol Hill: HF 2413 HF 2413 is a bill that improves the reading proficiency program for Iowa. It changes the wording of the code to consider students with challenges in reading to be “persistently at-risk” rather than “substantially deficient.” It also outlines a plan to help...
I have lived in the city all of my life. The cities have not always been big—although I did spend some time in Milwaukee and St. Louis. But, they have not been tiny either. I was born in a town of about 10,000, and grew up in a community just a touch smaller than that. From there I went to college...
A new report from the Iowa Council of Foundations provides a snapshot of recent philanthropy across the state as a result of casino gaming revenue. The Iowa Legislature approved this charitable giving because it has a positive impact throughout the state. Endow Iowa is a catalyst for philanthropy...
State Supplemental Aid and Section 179 State Supplemental Aid for K-12 schools and conforming with the Federal government on Section 179 for small business expensing are probably the two biggest budget issues the legislature has to deal with. It is my understanding that a deal has been struck that...
This St. Patrick’s Day, don’t leave your college savings to luck—but do look to your four-leaf clover as a way to reevaluate your college planning strategy. Many people plan to rely on scholarships, grants and student loans to pay for higher education, without considering the importance of a 529...
Growing up in a small town in rural Iowa in the 50s was a time when standards and values of society were clear, consistent and honored. I imagine that this article may also reflect how many Iowans feel. There seems to be constantly changing values and these changes often reflect the quality of the...

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