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There are still 24 hours in each day

Attention all you “oldsters”: Be aware there are exactly the same number of hours in every day as there were when we were children. But now more than ever we are drawn towards chopping … more

Let’s band together to defeat COVID-19

This week marks one year since COVID-19. Governor Reynolds issued the State of Public Health Disaster Emergency on March 17, 2020 and from then on, many Iowans stayed home for months. We wore masks, … more

Sunshine is the best disinfectant — to stop waste, we need to spot it

Every day, decisions are made in Washington that impact families and communities in Iowa and across the country. But too often, these decisions are made in the dark. It’s vitally important … more

New bills to protect our most vulnerable Iowans

Elder abuse penalties win praise SF 522, which cracks down on elder abuse in Iowa, is winning praise since passing the Iowa Senate on March 9. This bill increases the criminal penalties for crimes … more

Stop the passing of racially-targeted bills

Last summer, after statewide protests, Governor Kim Reynolds promised action to address racial profiling by police as she signed the More Perfect Union Act. So, what has she delivered since … more

Cancer Treatment at the Holden Center

The first day of cancer treatment is a stress machine. What is about to happen to me? How long will this take? What are all these pills for? Where is my daughter? And what are we going … more

Senator Ernst, help bring our troops home

On March 19, 2003, U.S. President George W. Bush ordered air strikes on Baghdad, thus launching the Iraq War to oust dictator Saddam Hussein, who General Powell said was manufacturing weapons of mass … more

Memories can come in short snippets

Often when preparing a column, I find myself wondering what it might be that readers want to know about the ‘now and then’ times I remember. Is it something they can relate to, something … more

Differences can make us strong if we practice respect and empathy

This last year was a difficult year for everyone, for a multitude of reasons. Of the many challenges that came to national attention throughout the year, perhaps the most apparent was the lack of … more

Good Public Safety Bills Advance

Last week was a critical week during the legislative session. Known as the “first funnel,” all Senate bills had to be voted out of a Senate committee to remain eligible for consideration. … more

Out of great pain can come great joy

One of the greatest teachers in life is pain. Success can make you complacent, but pain will teach you lessons you will never forget. This does not mean you should seek pain, because pain will seek … more

New bills provide help for crime victims

Cracking down on elder abuse A Senate subcommittee has advanced a bill to better protect Iowa seniors from abuse and exploitation. Many older Iowans can be vulnerable to those who don’t … more

Night of 1,000 dinners to benefit local food programs

I wrote last week about the African Americans who have served in elected office in Johnson County. I mentioned that there was no central database, so there was a chance we were missing … more

Anxiously awaiting return to fans in high school sports, performing arts

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted everyday life for almost a year at this point. There is hardly anyone who would dispute the validity of that statement. In order to survive and continue moving … more

We must support racetracks impacted by COVID

I write to request that Congress create a grant program to support recreation, sports and amusement venues that provide live entertainment yet were excluded from “Shuttered Venue Operators … more

GOP on the wrong side of many issues

As a former Republican who cast my first vote for Gerald Ford for president it’s difficult to watch the once proud GOP descend into the land of make believe. They’re afraid of an evolving … more

Honoring Johnson Co.’s black officials

The Johnson County Auditor’s Office decided to honor all of the African Americans who have held office in Johnson County. • Bill Hargrave was the first African American elected … more

Move toward electric vehicles is bad for Iowans

Just last month, President Biden raised eyebrows when he took executive action to begin transitioning federal government vehicles to electric vehicles. It followed a similar move spearheaded by … more

Let’s work together to make the Iowa public school system great again

Public education has long been the foundation of our state. For generations, Iowans could count on a great public education from Iowa schools to set them up for success in life. When we were growing … more

Vote for PPEL on March 2

The Highland Community School District will be asking patrons to vote on Tuesday, March 2 to renew the Voted Physical Plant & Equipment Levy, or PPEL.  Every 10 years the patrons of the … more
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