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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 »»

How will history judge Bush 43?

May 24, 2013 Relaxed and self-confident as ever, Bush 43 told CNN’s John King in an interview during the recent opening of the George W. more »»

Slices of Life - Lessons of motherhood

May 17, 2013 I’ve been on the job for more than 21 years, without a day off for longevity, illness, endurance or good behavior. I’m not complaining. I wouldn’t want a day off. Not a whole day, anyway. more »»

Update from the Capitol - Week 16

May 17, 2013 Week sixteen of the session is done, we have completed the official calendar but we have not adjourned. more »»

Slices of Life - The bond of preschool

May 10, 2013 It was a party 14 years in the making. Attendees included nine moms who met when our kids were in preschool. more »»

Life's lessons from your mother

May 10, 2013 Your mother tried to teach you some valuable lessons. Moms have a unique ability to impart essential wisdom. Unfortunately, most of us were too young to really appreciate their valu. more »»

Update from the Capitol

May 10, 2013 Week fifteen of the session is done, one week to go in the official calendar. We have voted on over 200 bills on the floor of the House. more »»

Q&A on the Keystone XL pipeline

May 10, 2013 Q: Why do you support the Keystone XL Pipeline? A: The crude oil pipeline from Canada to the U.. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Iowa Veterans Home

May 3, 2013 Concerns about the Iowa Veterans House We, the undersigned former employees of the Iowa Veterans Home (IVH), wish to express our deep concern about what is happening there. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Movie premiere in Traer

May 3, 2013 To the Editor, If you haven’t heard, this is to let you know that My Town Pictures will begin sneak preview screenings of the movie “A Place for Heroes” right here in Traer at the Traer Theater on... more »»

Unique rules for budget allow Senate votes on amendments

May 3, 2013 What we saw unfold in the Senate budget vote-a-rama just before the Easter recess is important in evaluating competing claims about the reason for dysfunction in the Senate. more »»

Slices of Life - Outrunning Fear

May 3, 2013 “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Franklin D. Roosevelt I used to be afraid. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Relay for Life & Volunteer Week

April 26, 2013 To the Editor: April 21-27 is National Volunteer Week. more »»

Slices of Life - Advice to my great, great, great (and so on) grandchildren

April 26, 2013 The older I get, the more I realize how much there’s yet to learn. Life lessons are never-ending and have no age limits (thank goodness). more »»



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