“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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Iowa has one of the best election systems in the country. We consistently rank among the top 10 states for voter registration and participation. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we set turnout records in 2020 for the June primary and November general election. Now, politicians in Washington, D.C....
To the Editor: Like many other high school students, I work at a local business in Lake Mills. I have been working in retail since I turned 14 years old. I am now 18 and a senior in high school. Working for me was always a privilege and it gave me something to do during my free time, however, now...
“The Treat Lady” Tanner and Dakota are waiting for me. They’re standing at the corner of their chain-link fence, watching the sidewalk. They know I’m coming, even if they don’t know exactly when, even if they can’t see the sidewalk very well and can’t hear at all. Tanner and Dakota are my two...
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The Senate is now in week 17 of this legislative session, working on our priorities for Iowans and finishing up the last bills of the year. We passed several more bills this week, some sent back to us from the House. One of these bills was House File 744, protecting free speech and other First...
As a primary care physician at Mayo Clinic, it’s my job to listen to and advise my patients on the best medical care for them. With the COVID vaccine now readily available, I have conversations every day with patients about the vaccine, noting the concern in their voices. Some have questions,...
“Still Nagging” It is a well-known fact that we are allowed to chew out the people we care about. Most recently, this came to mind when I gave my old friend, Andrew, a serious tongue-lashing.   Andrew is a lifelong bachelor, and a committed curmudgeon. He is better than most curmudgeons at being...
When it comes to policies, global or local, the present should never be considered the end goal. Every policy put in place by any political power should always contribute to the betterment of the future—the future of the planet and the future of its populace. Seems like a logical notion, right?...
May is Mental Health Awareness month and an important time to reflect on the critical role that employers play in the wellbeing of Iowans. It’s estimated that one in five Iowans suffer from some kind of mental illness in a given year. Left untreated, the result can be devastating to the individual’...

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