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On of my favorite national observances happened last Friday, June 19. It was National Flip-flop Day. To say I love flip-flops may be an understatement. I have flip-flop pants, hats, jewelry, home … more
In this week’s column I will address the two election bills that passed the Legislature. Unfortunately, an election-year letter writing campaign is mixing partisan politics with policy. The opinion … more
The last two weeks have been a whirlwind. When the Legislature suspended the session in mid-March due to the rapidly advancing novel coronavirus, nobody was really sure what to expect. And when it … more
If I were in the gambling or predicting business, I'd probably lose my shirt most of the time. Yet here's another prediction that may go wrong. With most of the area Fourth of July fireworks … more
The first week back in the Legislature was a busy and productive one. For this week’s column, I want to focus on some successes that we were able to achieve. I have heard from many of you about … more
If you're a regular reader of this weekly column, you'll often read the words "empathy" or "empathize." The dictionary defines empathy as " the ability to understand and share the feelings of … more
The Legislature is officially back in session after an extensive delay due to COVID-19. Today I would like to talk about two major issues, but first a comment on the state budget. The budget is going … more
The Iowa Legislature resumed June 3 at 9 a.m. We suspended the session in March in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Needless to say, a lot has happened since then. Since then, nearly every … more
Things often are not always what they appear to be at first glance. For example, despite what a handwritten note said in 1969, I was not a kidnapper. It was in those days before Iowa drivers … more
Celebrations during these unprecedented times are different than what we have all grown accustomed to. This year’s Father’s Day celebrations I’m sure will be no different. But, there are many … more
I must admit I was skeptical. Upon learning about a month ago that Durant and Wilton schools were looking at having a parade of cars to honor their senior classes, I wondered if it was a good … more
“Mark was a terrific boss, mentor and friend. I learned so much from him,” I told Dar Danielson of Radio Iowa when he phoned recently, wanting my comment about longtime news broadcaster Mark … more
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