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My husband and I were surprised a few days ago to receive our coronavirus stimulus payment in the form of a pre-paid debit card. We’d somehow missed the news that the IRS was sending these cards instead of traditional checks. more
If you watch the news or look at social media each day, you probably think that we are never going to escape the current public health pandemic. While the media and others are often focusing on the negative impacts of COVID-19, many of the positive trends are largely being ignored. more
I have received many messages over the past few weeks from constituents with questions and comments regarding the re-opening of Iowa. While some have anxiety about the decisions, many are looking forward to resuming activities and business that they have been missing over the past two months. As I have been out and about throughout Senate District 49, which encompasses all of Clinton County and the northern part of Scott County, I have noticed that most people are abiding by the guidance of the Department of Public Safety and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by wearing masks, practicing social distancing and following the requests of local business owners who are working hard to ensure a safe experience for all of their customers. more
Additional reopenings throughout the state will start this week and next week after a new proclamation from Gov. Reynolds. Starting May 22, movie theaters, zoos, aquariums and museums were allowed to reopen again, as long as they can accommodate reasonable public health measures. Pools will only be allowed to reopen for lap swimming and swimming lessons. more
"I fear that instead of safely reopening, what this carelessness will result in, is that the virus, even if the numbers drop during the summer, will hang around in big enough numbers all across the country to be poised to strike quickly and in a big way in the fall and winter ..." more
"The Second Amendment states: 'A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to bear arms shall not be infringed.' Clearly this right referred to the people as a whole and not as individuals ..." more
Even during World Wars I and II, the Great Depression, Vietnam and other periods of calamity, graduates have been able to finish their senior years and receive their diplomas together with classmates. For many, memories of commencement and senior end-of-year activities last a lifetime. more
The day before Gov. Kim Reynolds eased her COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns and opened thousands of Iowa restaurants, salons and gyms, our Scott County Board made different decisions. more
Regrets. I don’t think the average person can go through life without having some. more
Our kids told us we were too young when we put a bird watching book on our Christmas list last year. But when a wall of windows affords you a view of all sorts of feathered friends, you want to get to know them. more
May 22, 1980: Several hundred people attended a reception honoring retiring superintendent Melvin Heiler. more
This coronavirus pandemic is far from over, even as we slowly start to reclaim parts of our former lives. We are more than ready to forget about some experiences: shaggy hair, face masks, empty store shelves, seeing loved ones only through a video screen. We’re tired of the inconveniences, the disappointments. We’re sad for those who have encountered true hardships: layoffs, illness or the unthinkable loss of a loved one. more
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