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This is a story about a man who judged — actually misjudged — another person. But to his credit he eventually realized he’d made a mistake and he owned up to it. The man I’m writing … more
Our team comes to you this week searching — yearning — to take our collective breath. I’ve said it before in this space but May is without question our busiest time of year here at the Advocate … more
Writing a country song, selling it and having it recorded can be a daunting task, even if the songwriter believes from the outset that his or her tune is destined to be a hit. That’s according to … more
As some may or may not know, I have served for several years on Muscatine Community College's Alumni Board. I attended MCC from early 2002 through 2004 and it remains the best collegiate decision of … more
The 2019 Legislative Session has concluded. I believe many good bills were passed this session and there were a few that fell short. In this week’s column I want to highlight some of the top … more
While in the middle of printing bios for 99 Durant and Wilton seniors, I felt it fitting to reprint a column I wrote May 21, 2009, which I think is still applicable today. Congratulations to our … more
The 2019 Iowa legislative session is over — “Sine Die” is the official Latin phrase. The Iowa Senate gaveled out mid-afternoon on Saturday, April 27. This will be my final legislative recap, … more
Cursive is making a comeback. Do you remember cursive? You probably learned it and still use it. Cursive, also known as longhand or handwriting, is, according to one definition I found, a style … more
Your hometown newspaper is involved in numerous partnerships within the cities of Wilton and Durant and surrounding area. Some extend throughout Muscatine and Cedar County as well. One of the … more
When I was approached to serve as the sole judge for the Wilton Public Library Edible Books Challenge March 30, I must admit I thought it was a joke. For anyone who really knows me, it doesn’t … more
We are approaching what could be the last week of the session. Many policy items of significance continue to be worked on. If any one big piece of policy has a breakthrough I will send everyone an … more
When I heard that an out-of-state investment group was purchasing manufactured housing communities in Iowa, I was surprised — and then I heard how much they were planning to raise the rent. And … more
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