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Advocate News coverage referenced often during bond project debate

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

Molding young minds for decades: Wilton teaching trio bids farewell

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

Prepare to vote in Iowa’s June 5 primaries

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

Seniors deliver memorable Durant & Wilton commencement speeches

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

'Explaining the tax bill and why I support it'

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

Teachers made a difference in our journey

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

‘It shouldn’t be just me and Republicans that are happy’

Editor: I had a conversation with the editor of the Advocate News the other night and he asked me why my letters to the editor weren’t more about how happy I am with the present situation. So I … more

Clemens 'will do something about treatment of women at the Capitol'

Editor: I'm supporting Jodi Clemens of Springdale for State Representative in Iowa House District 73 because treatment of women at the state capitol has gotten out of hand. Clemens will do … more

'Zach understands the important issues'

Editor: We are writing to support Zach Wahls’ candidacy for Iowa Senate. Zach grew up in our neighborhood, attended the same schools as our children, and his family still lives nearby. Zach has … more

Zach Walls would be an 'effective legislator'

Editor: The choice in the Democratic primary for Senate district 37 on June 5 is not an easy one. We have strong candidates, with numerous varied strengths. I am writing to express my support for … more

Need more experienced women in state government

Editor: Vote for Janice Weiner. I say this because I know what it's like to be the only woman in the room. I spent 30 years in corporate positions and for most of that there were very few women in … more

Zach Walls has experience, will fight for families

Editor: In 2014, my son Pascal Tessier became the nation’s first openly gay Eagle Scout because of Zach Wahls. From a young age, Pascal worked hard to meet every single requirement and earn … more
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