“The Treat Lady Again” The dogs are missing me. My husband, Peter, predicted this after we moved. “All the dogs will miss you!” he said. “They are going to be looking for the Treat Lady. Don’t you think that’s sad?”
With maskless faces in once more crowded shopping centers and grocery stores, travel resuming, pictures of vacations plastered on social media, it’s incredibly, unnervingly easy to forget that we are still in the midst of a pandemic.
Dear Editor, The clock is ticking for 30,000 Iowans.    Just as school is about to begin, thousands of Iowa families who lost their job or income during the pandemic are now facing eviction.  
Q: What do Iowans need to know about obtaining or renewing passports?
“Adventures Everywhere” Years ago, I had trouble with my septic system. If you’ve ever had that kind of trouble, you know what kind of trouble it can be.
So, I love space. This is a fact with which regular readers (and everyone in my social circle) are already familiar. Which is why it may seem strange that I have very negative feelings about the so-called “second space race.”

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This week, thousands of Iowans are getting their $1,400 stimulus payment from the American Rescue Plan. This week, we advocated for affordable, safe housing for all Iowans. This week, we supported background checks for gun sales in Iowa to keep us safe.  There was a lot of good news this week on...
Q: When is Tax Day 2021?  A: The IRS announced a one month delay for individuals to file their federal 2020 tax returns, shifting Tax Day from April 15 to May 17 this year. The federal tax-collecting agency postponed Tax Day for the second year in a row as Americans continue coping with COVID-19...
“Cheese Fondue” It’s our anniversary, and Peter and I will be celebrating, like everyone has this past year, the best we are able. We have not yet won the vaccine lottery. I recently received a note from the health department that basically said, “Don’t get your hopes up.” Newspaper columnists...
The conversation regarding what has come to be known on the internet as “cancel culture” is an amusing one. Times change, mistakes are learned from, new information necessitates course correction. None of this is new, and it’s certainly not as negative as many make it out to be. Growth is good....
A few months ago Iowa’s economy was rated as the nation’s most COVID-19 resilient. This week US News and World Report ranked Iowa number one for opportunity. This rating is based on affordability, economic opportunity and equality. Expanding opportunities for all Iowans has been a priority for the...
Q: Why is Sunshine Week important to commemorate? A: James Madison is known as the father of open government. During the week of his birthday, March 16, we honor his legacy with “Sunshine Week” to celebrate the public’s right to know. Thirty-five years after drafting the Constitution, Madison...
“March Inspiration” I’ve never been a fan of March. March is supposedly spring, but we all know it’s not. In much of the country, more snow falls in March than any other month. But it doesn’t have the courtesy to stay. March snow falls, makes us shovel it, then turns into a sloppy mess in three...
It’s just not worth it Dear Dave, Do you think I should get a new hybrid car to save money on gas? A lot of my friends have done this, and with the rise in gas and oil prices lately, they’re telling me I should, too. According to them, I’ll save a ton of money, especially since I have a bigger...
Q: Could an Iowan be featured on a new quarter? A: Many Iowans are familiar with the popular series of quarters that feature each of the 50 states in the America the Beautiful Quarter Program. Issued in 2004, the Iowa quarter was the 29th coin to join the series because it was the 29th state to...
All of us—at some point in our lives—have been posed the question, “if you could choose a superpower, what would it be?” If you’re like me, you’ve had to ponder this numerous times, and the answer seems to change each time. But isolation has given me lots of time (nothing but time, really) to put...

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