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The Braley Brief: The Farm Bill - Failure Isn't an Option

July 5, 2013 Last week, I voted for Iowa farmers, manufacturers, and small businesses by supporting the Farm Bill. more »»

Governor's vetoes hurt public safety, vulnerable Iowans

July 5, 2013 Over the last several years, Iowa has been working on a better way to provide mental health care and disability services for Iowans. more »»

Slices of Life - Pass the ketchup

June 28, 2013 We were out of ketchup - or catsup, depending on your preference. You say tuh-may-toe; I say tuh-mah-toe. The word ketchup is sometimes associated with a particular brand. more »»

The Braley Brief: Remembering the 2008 Flood

June 28, 2013 Two weeks ago, I found myself in Cedar Rapids doing something I was doing almost exactly five years before – filling sandbags with Iowa volunteers who were working tirelessly to protect their... more »»

In support of a bipartisan farm bill

June 28, 2013 “This legislation is a balanced, bipartisan bill that continues critical work for food, agriculture, energy and rural programs while reducing federal spending. more »»

America's Birthday

June 28, 2013 “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. more »»

Slices of Life - Summer, 84 days and counting

June 21, 2013 I love being a mom - 365 days a year - or nearly that man. more »»

Benghazi and the USS Liberty -- a Parallel?

June 21, 2013 June 8th marked the 46th anniversary of the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. As readers may recall, the USS Liberty was an U.S. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Second sneak preview

June 21, 2013 To the Editor: This is for all the ‘Heroes’ fans, those who have seen the preview of the movie “A Place for Heroes” and for those who missed it. more »»

Q&A on the Fate of Olympic Wrestling

June 21, 2013 Q: Will wrestling retain its status as one of the core sports for the 2020 Summer Olympics? A: Thanks in part to wrestling fans across Iowa, the popular sport may retain its status in the Olympic... more »»

Slices of Life - Field Trip Mom

June 14, 2013 The end of the school year means one thing - besides backpacks sent home filled with crumpled spelling worksheets, artwork, pencil nubs and capless markers. I'm talking about field trips. more »»

Invest in the future, serve on your local school board

June 14, 2013 It has alternately been described as “the most important volunteer job in this country” and “the toughest job in American elected government.” It is the epitome of democracy in action. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Mark Dostal

June 14, 2013 As many of you know, Joanne and I recently finished the Run for the Wall and Rolling Thunder. more »»

Slices of Life - The Gift of Remembering

June 7, 2013 Today I worked outside in the yard. Tending the gardens. Raking. Planting. Pulling weeds. Taking inventory - lilies, hostas, poppies. And rhubarb. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Early childhood programs

June 7, 2013 Dear Editor: One school year has just ended, and parents of young children are going to preschool graduations and preparing for entry into kindergarte. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Iowa Veterans Home concerns

May 31, 2013 Dear Editor: Recently, I was part of a small group who gave testimony to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee regarding serious concerns about the Home’s Commandant. more »»

Slices of Life - Puddles

May 31, 2013 “A puddle is generally small enough for an adult to step over, shallow enough to walk through and too small to traverse in a boat or raft. Puddles can be a source of fascination for children. more »»

Job training at community college will boost the economy

May 31, 2013 The final days of the 2013 session brought great news for Iowans who want to do more for their families, and for Iowa businesses in need of skilled employee. more »»

Slices of Life - I'll do it later

May 24, 2013 “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” Thomas Jefferson Yeah right. I’ve been meaning to write a column about procrastination - I just never got around to i. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Support the Traer Pool

May 24, 2013 Dear Editor: At our May city council meeting we were shown some photos of the Traer swimming pool in its deteriorating conditio. more »»

 
 

 

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