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A letter to my baby as she starts kindergarten

OK, so maybe you aren’t quite a baby anymore. Every time I blink – you get bigger. And every time I pause for a moment, you are using bigger words (like loquacious ... what?!) and learning empathy and doing math and solving problems. So, while I know you aren’t technically a baby anymore, I’m taking a moment to reflect on what the past six years have meant to me. more

Loebsack: Congress should not recess

As the House gaveled out of session for its August recess, Congressman Dave Loebsack reiterated his call for the House to remain in session through August to work on the important issues facing Iowans. Loebsack called on House Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to follow the lead of their Senate counterparts and cancel this August recess. July 26 marked the 207th day of the year, and the House has only been in session for a total of 82 days. more

Farm groups react to $12 billion aid for farmers caught in trade war

On July 26 during a speech near Dubuque, Iowa, President Trump announced a $12 billion package of financial relief for farmers who have been adversely impacted by tariffs imposed on farm exports in the recent trade war. Here is what groups representing farmers had to say: more

'An experience given freely by the citizens of Iowa'

For the past few days I have been thinking of lessons learned in childhood. How something good may emerge from diversity and challenge. How things don’t always turn out as expected. How there are angels – you just need to know where to look for them. How there is an inherent goodness in people when they lead lives filled with trust. And, finally ... to expect the unexpected. more

German immigrant Claus Hell tilled the Midwest prairies

In the early days of Scott County, the land was covered miles upon miles of grass, with some trees. Used to the vast forests of the east, some pioneers found this unsettling. Most of the trees in this new place grew along the streams and rivers, with fewer in the open areas.  more

The wall: Be careful what you wish for

It’s possible Democrats and growing numbers of contrarians within the Republican Party just might save President Trump from making a monumental mistake, in every sense of the word, by dragging their heels in funding construction of a sea-to-sea wall against illegal immigration. more

The freedom we celebrate on July Fourth comes at a high price

On Thursday, June 28, a man armed with a shotgun and smoke grenades stormed into the newsroom of the Capital Gazette, a community newspaper in Annapolis, Md. more

Sisters of Humility: U.S. immigration 'radically unjust'

A weekend of meetings and special events occurred during the annual General Assembly of the Congregation of the Humility of Mary (CHM) which took place June 21-24, 2018, on the campus of St. Ambrose University in Davenport. More than 60 sisters and associates attended the annual meeting, with some traveling from across the United States, Mexico and Canada to be present. more

'When my kids cry at night, I'm glad I can be their source of comfort'

Last night I kissed my three kids good night and went on my way. I had what felt like a million things to do when both my daughters started crying and calling out for me. It was already late and my first reaction was to feel annoyed. Why can't they just go sleep?! more

Ethanol is a critical piece of America's energy strategy

The conflict over the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) between the EPA, Congress and special interest groups has  left hardworking people throughout rural America with a growing sense of uncertainty about their futures. more

Exempt Canada from harmful tariffs

Congressman Dave Loebsack on June 22 called on U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, to support the tens of thousands of Iowans who rely on a healthy trading relationship with Canada by exempting Canada from the tariffs that began on June 1. more

'Food as a weapon in trade disputes is a grave concern'

The White House announced June 15 that it’s moving forward with 25-percent tariffs on up to $50 billion of Chinese products imported into the U.S. more
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