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Americans serving country accept risks

February 22, 2013 Originally from Chelsea, Iowa, Dennis Lamb retired from the CIA in 2002 after serving 30 years in its Directorate of Operations as a Case Officer and as an Intelligence Analys. more »»

Farm Bureau celebrates Food Check-Out Week

February 22, 2013 Tama County Farm Bureau celebrates Food Check-Out Week Iowa farmers work hard year-round to show consumers how they grow a variety of safe, affordable food. more »»

In Iowa's Interest - Continuing the Progress for Working Families

February 22, 2013 On February 5th, our country marked the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) – a groundbreaking law that provides American workers with 12 weeks of protected — albeit unpaid —... more »»

The Braley Brief: Keeping in Touch

February 15, 2013 When I came to Congress in 2007, one of my most important goals was to  keep Iowans informed about my work, how I vote on bills, and to keep the lines of communication open for everyone I represent. more »»

Seantor Grassley Q&A on the Sequester

February 15, 2013 Q: What exactly is sequestration? A: Sequestration is a process of automatic, largely across-the-board permanent spending reductions. more »»

Letter to the Editor - Lost dog

February 15, 2013 To the Editor, Ever since the derecho hit the Dysart area on July 11, 2011 the family dog has been fearful of storms and windy weathe. more »»

Slices of Life - Vacation advice from a coaster queen

February 15, 2013 Vacation. I recently got back from one and I’m a bit disoriented. more »»

Slices of Life - If I only had a brain... or two

February 8, 2013 My son made me a brain in art class. Yeah, so now I have two. Brains, that is. When I’m counting sons, I have three. Therefore, I have more sons than brains – but please don’t tell them I told you so. more »»

A busy first few weeks, focus on school funding

February 8, 2013 We are past the first few weeks of the 2013 session. I want to thank all who have called or e-mailed me with their well wishes. It’s been a busy time. more »»

Plant Link on Kickstarter

February 1, 2013 If you caught my last article, you’ll know that I recently launched a project with friends on the website Kickstarter. If you didn’t read that article, let me recap for you quickly. more »»

Slices of Life - Thieves and big screens that go pop in the night

February 1, 2013 TVs have been on my mind lately. I’m not normally much of a TV person. Of course I watch TV, but I don’t often contemplate the TV I’m watching. I like to keep the activity as brainless as possible. more »»

Slices of Life... Wait for it, wait for it

January 25, 2013 “Please take a number. Your call will be answered in the order it was received. more »»

An open letter to Senator Ted Cruz

January 25, 2013 Your criticism of Chuck Hagel in the January 8, 2013, issue of USA TODAY was troubling as it is not evident from a review of your Wikipedia biography that you have any experience in diplomacy,... more »»

In Iowa's Interest: A Guide to the 57th Presidential Inauguration

January 18, 2013 Our country is preparing for a historic event: the 57th Presidential Inauguration on Monday, January 21, 2013.  Iowans will mark this occasion in various ways. more »»

Slices of Life - A tale of war, destruction, and toilets

January 18, 2013 Before reading any further, be forewarned: this is not a story for the weak of heart. It is filled with snakes, destruction, filth, war and loss. But every word is true. I know. I lived i. more »»

A New Year and a New Beginning

January 18, 2013 The New Year is a time of resolutions.  It’s a time when people commit to making a change in their life. more »»

Superintendent News

January 18, 2013 I would like to thank the North Tama Board of Education for approving the grade 7-12 one to one (1:1) computer initiative. more »»

My Entrepreneurial Adventures: Part 3

January 4, 2013 In my last two columns I explained some of my past entrepreneurial adventures. In this column I’ll explain my current adventure. Entrepreneurship and engineering meets …. more »»

Slices of Life - Optimism on steroids

December 28, 2012 In previous columns, I defined parenthood as an infinite act of optimism. more »»

In Iowa's Interest: Hands Off Medicaid!

December 28, 2012 As President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner continue negotiations on the so-called ‘fiscal cliff,’ I have one simple message: hands off Medicaid! Federal health programs that millions of... more »»



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