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Attendance critical for elected officials

I remember walking into the Johnson County Courthouse that day. I had done so many times before, but this time felt different. It was late June, and I had recently been one of three candidates for … more

Congressional inaction threatens the Midwest

Members of Congress representing Middle America have been talking about the challenges facing the Midwest for years, but our warnings have largely fallen on deaf ears. Why? Because too often, … more

First snow, Sunday rest, family celebration

The ground had a thin layer of snow this morning. Our leaves are still not raked up. Maybe snow will cover them. Out of sight—out of mind. I’m just not ready for snow but we will take … more

Iowa can do better on education funding

Sir Walter Scott, a Scottish author and novelist, was correct when he said “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” The phrase may apply to Walt … more

Heating assistance applications began Nov. 1

Beginning Nov. 1, Iowans may start filing applications for limited financial heating assistance through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The program’s annual application period … more

House needs to ratify trade agreement

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was ratified in 1994. That was three years before Wi-Fi became available to the public, five years before USB drives were invented, 12 years before … more

Demand remains high for new license plates

With nearly 20,000 plates sold since first becoming available July 1, the demand for Iowa’s new blackout license plates still remains high.  The black and white plates, approved during the 2019 … more

Buttigieg has moral compass and impressive set of values

Why do I support Pete Buttigieg for president?  Pete is simply the most qualified and presidential candidate in a strong Democratic field. By that I mean – beyond Pete’s world class … more

Ceiling fans can be mind-numbing

My girls and I went camping this summer and reserved a little cabin in the woods at Lake Darling State Park. Usually we set up a tent but due to the possibility of storms we chose a cabin this … more
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