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This week will be Part 1 of my two-part session wrap-up. Listening to the attack partisans in the opinion section each week you would think Des Moines is all doom and gloom. Nothing is perfect, but … more
I want to begin this week with two anecdotes before “Case in Point” truly begins. First, I’m reminded of one of my favorite movies quotes. It’s from the movie “Saw,” yes a slasher film … more
Our local school districts seemingly raced to an early finish line this year as the 2017-2018 school year ended May 23 (for Durant and Wilton seniors, it was May 16). Given the 90-plus degree … more
Are you prepared to vote in Iowa’s June 5 primary elections? That’s when Iowans decide who will be their party’s candidates in November’s general election for many federal, state and … more
I write about it nearly every year. May is certainly one of the, if not THE busiest month here at the Advocate News. Recent success of spring sports teams has only added to the craziness for me in … more
In this week’s column, I will describe in detail the tax reform plan that passed and in future columns I will do my traditional overview of session describing the things that happened that I … more
Here are some scratches from an old reporters’ notepad: • Thank a teacher. That advice came from U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa in a recent column he wrote. He told high school graduates … more
While in the middle of printing bios for 97 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 2018 session ended with last-minute approval of a tax plan that gives most of the benefits to out-of-state companies, millionaires and non-Iowans. I voted “no” on SF 2417 because the … more
We come to you this week with the first of two annual graduation sections as we honor the 2018 Wilton High School graduating class (p. 17-24). Therefore, I thought it only fitting to mention that I … more
To say it’s been a long few days, and couple weeks, would be an understatement. After two-plus years of online access at, we are undergoing a shift to a new web host. … more
April 28 is Workers’ Memorial Day, a time to remember those who died in Iowa workplaces and while serving in the military. It is also a time to renew our commitment to safe, healthy jobs. This … more
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