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Letter to the Editor: Hospice care

October 10, 2014 Dear Editor: Despite the growing number of Americans seeking end of life care, the number of short stays in hospice is troublesome. more »»

Iowa Ranks High for Fiscal Responsibility

October 3, 2014 A perfect credit rating and strong budget make Iowa one of the best run states in the country. As your state senator, I am committed to keeping Iowa’s finances in good shape. more »»

Slices of Life - Living quiet in a noisy world

October 3, 2014 I am an inside my head type of person. I often have complete and satisfying conversations involving just me, myself and I. My inner monologues can be captivating. (Oh yes they can. more »»

Q&A on Safe Rx Disposal

October 3, 2014 Q: Why should Iowans be concerned about disposing of unneeded medicines? A: A growing misuse of prescription pain relievers is on the rise in towns big and small in communities across America. more »»

To Make or Break America

October 3, 2014 History teaches us two things: what works and what doesn’t. After over 200 years of experience, we know definitively what has worked for America. more »»

Slices of Life - One of the worst inventions ever

September 27, 2014 Some inventions are too good to be true. Hotel pool towels aren’t one of them. more »»

Slices of Life - The selfie

September 19, 2014 My husband and I recently went on vacation. He served as trip photographer because his phone was smarter than mine. I’m in a number of the pictures. more »»


September 19, 2014 Q: What is ISIS? A: A radical group of Islamic extremists operating from the Middle East, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, ISIL or Islamic State), is escalating its terrorist insurgency... more »»

Slices of Life - Feeding Earl

September 12, 2014 I’ve been feeding a squirrel. Please note the singular tense. Squirrel. Not squirrels. People don’t typically feed squirrels. more »»

In Iowa's Interest

September 12, 2014 Monday, August 10, marked the beginning of National Health Center Week, a time to recognize the vital role of community health centers in America. more »»

Injustice 101: Denying Sexual Assualt is a Serious Crime

September 12, 2014 Heading off to college triggers a range of emotions for students and their families. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Farm health & safety

September 5, 2014 To the Editor: Fall is the time of harvest. Colors of the landscape rapidly change from shades of green to various shades of red, yellow and brow. more »»

Slices of Life - Advice on the first day

September 5, 2014 It happens each year precisely on July 5. Sparklers and smoke bombs on aisle four are replaced with boxes of crayons and bargain notebooks and the back to school season officially begins. more »»

Q&A on ALS

September 5, 2014 Q: What is ALS? A: Some people may know the neurodegenerative disease by another name, Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. more »»

Working Families: The Foundation of a Strong Iowa Economy

September 5, 2014 September kicks off with Labor Day, a time to celebrate the achievements of working families as the foundation of a strong economy. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Clean Water Act

August 29, 2014 To the Editor: There has been a lot of talk about the new rule that may be attached to the Clean Water Act. more »»

Slices of Life - Grievance #328

August 29, 2014 To Whom it May Concern (you know who you are) - I am tired - and quite literally so - of being overlooked and underappreciate. more »»

Tyson-Hillshire deal needs to be scrutinized

August 29, 2014 Senator Chuck Grassley is pressing the Justice Department to heavily scrutinize the proposed acquisition by Tyson Foods of Hillshire Brands. more »»

Slices of Life - Parenting crimes and misdemeanors

August 22, 2014 “Blackmail is an act involving unjustified threats to make a gain or cause loss to another unless a demand is met. more »»

Sodders supports "Tuition Freeze Threepeat"

August 22, 2014 State Senator Steve Sodders of State Center today announced that he will help lead an effort next year in the Iowa Senate to extend the current tuition freeze at Iowa’s public universities for an... more »»



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