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Letter to the Editor: Iowa Juvenile Home

December 24, 2013 Follow up on Rep. Dean Fisher (Dec. more »»

Preparing All Kids to Succeed in School and Life

December 13, 2013 We think of education as the great equalizer, and we count on our schools to give every child a fair shot at success as an adult. more »»

Slices of Life - Kids say the darndest...

December 13, 2013 If you’re ever around kids for any extended period of time - or even a not so extended period of time - you’ll observe firsthand they come up with some interesting, unique, hysterical and brutally... more »»

The Framers Never Envisioned a 60 Vote Supermajority

December 13, 2013 In the wake of Senate action last week to restore the Senate practice that nominees receive an up or down vote, there has been a great deal of hyperventilating about whether the rules change is... more »»

Unfinished Business

December 13, 2013 During the tugs of war that crop up in Washington during political debates and policymaking, it’s not surprising the act of legislating has often been compared to the art of sausage making. more »»

Letter to the Editor: School schedule

December 6, 2013 Dear Editor, Recently I was asked to serve on a committee to discuss the 2014-2015 North Tama school calenda. more »»

Slices of Life - Pillow talk

December 6, 2013 It’s human nature. We want what we don’t have. It’s a condition that often follows us through life. more »»

Iowa Juvenile Home Update

December 6, 2013 In my previous column I talked about a meeting between a delegation from Toledo and the governor’s office regarding the Iowa Juvenile Home (IJH). more »»

Liberty Lost

November 26, 2013 Liberty is lost when it’s seized by government or freely relinquished in response to false pretenses and misleading promises. Liberty isn’t lost all at once; it’s lost bit by bit. more »»

Assault on Ethanol Misses its Mark

November 26, 2013 As its market share dips, Big Oil is doubling down to swat down its perennial piñata. more »»

Slices of Life - When weird things make us happy

November 26, 2013 I have a friend who wondered out loud on Facebook whether it was weird for her to be excited about the purchase of a new vacuum cleaner. more »»

Q&A on Budget Conference

November 26, 2013 Q: What are the next steps to resolve the budget impasse in Washington? A: The 16-day partial government shutdown ended with a deal to appoint a budget conference that includes 29 lawmakers from the... more »»

Honoring Our Veterans and Service Members

November 15, 2013 November 11 is Veterans Day, a time to honor all American veterans, living and dead, for their service to our country. Iowa is home to about 240,000 veterans. more »»

Slices of Life - Becoming a breadwinner

November 15, 2013 I’ve never been much of a breadwinner. Heck, I’m not much of a bread baker, and possess neither the mixing nor measuring skills required to take home any ribbons from any country fair. more »»

Q&A on National Adoption Month

November 15, 2013 Q: Why is National Adoption Month observed in November? A: During this season of thanksgiving, millions of American households open their homes to friends and family from near and far. more »»

The Braley Brief: Coming together to lend a helping hand

November 8, 2013 On Saturday, millions of Americans gathered in communities across the country to participate in Make A Difference Day. more »»

In Iowa's Interest: It's Medicare Open Enrollment Time

November 8, 2013 Each year, seniors in Iowa and across the country have an opportunity to adjust their Medicare health benefits for the coming year. more »»

Slices of Life - Living in the moment

November 8, 2013 “You don’t really appreciate what you’ve got until it’s gone.” These wise words came out of the mouth of my 16-year-old son; surprisingly, he wasn’t referring to a Snicker’s ba. more »»

Seqsquicentennial salute to Gettysburg Address

November 8, 2013 It was seven score and 10 years ago. On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered his now legendary Gettysburg Address. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Suicide survivors

November 1, 2013 Dear Editor, Each day in the U.S. more »»



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