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Traer Pool needs local dollars to get CAT grant

April 19, 2013 How do I begin? The current swimming pool has been tagged as non-compliant with the EPA and handicap accessible entranc. more »»

Slices of Life - A return to the holidays

April 12, 2013 For the last three years I’ve avoided holidays. Not the holidays in December. Every single holiday – all 12 months of the. more »»

At work and at home

April 12, 2013 It’s been a busy session with lots happening at the Capitol and at home. Pocket survived a trip to Florida with her band mates. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Response to the school lunch responses!

April 5, 2013 Dear Editor, It’s encouraging to hear the number of people who’ve said my letter about waste and hypocrisy in school food programs stirred up a fire storm – both positive and negativ. more »»

Slices of Life - Cyberspace swaps symbols for words: #trending

April 5, 2013 ‘At’ – the two-letter combination originates from humble beginnings as a simple word that required a quick couple hits to the computer keyboard. more »»

Not running for Congress

April 5, 2013 I want to thank all my family members, neighbors, friends and other Iowans who have reached out to me with their encouragement to enter the race for Iowa’s open U.S. House seat in District . more »»

Sticking to Principles

April 5, 2013 As a state legislator, I have thought long and hard about what it means to stick to ones principles. more »»

In Iowa's Interest: Bolstering the Middle Class is the Path to a Sustainable Future

March 29, 2013 Over the last year, I have held a series of hearings focusing on the crisis of the middle class. more »»

Slices of Life - Death of the dishwasher

March 29, 2013 We’ve had an on-again, off-again relationship for more than a decade. I guess if I’m going to come clean, I shoulder most of the responsibility for the spotty patche. more »»

Health care and Iowa's small businesses

March 29, 2013 Iowa small businesses want to provide good health care benefits to attract and retain the best workers, but they often find it financially difficult or impossible. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Want to be in a movie?

March 22, 2013 Dear Editor, If any adults in the area are interested in being an extra in the filming of an upcoming movie “After Life” written and directed by Scott Thompson, please contact Cecilia Podhajsky,... more »»

Community Foundations supports Early Childhood Initiatives

March 22, 2013 What could be more important than caring for the lives of young children? The Tama County Community Foundation (TCCF), an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, does exactly that a... more »»

Slices of Life - God versus zombies

March 22, 2013 We live in a strange and crazy world. But I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. Sometimes though, the overall irony shoots right over the top. Zombies are a hot commodity. more »»

In Iowa's Interest: Medicaid Expansion is the Right Choice for Iowa

March 22, 2013 A growing number of governors, including many Republicans, are choosing to expand Medicaid in their states, taking advantage of the extremely generous terms in the Affordable Care Act. more »»

Waste and hypocrisy in the school lunch program

March 15, 2013 Dear Editor, No one questions the fact that students have difficulty learning when they’re hungry. more »»

Slices of Life - Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do

March 15, 2013 Whether you’re turning a corner or signing your name, being left is hardly ever right. That’s because lefties are in the minority. Only about 10 percent of the population is left-handed. more »»

Expand affordable health care in a cost-effective way

March 15, 2013 Several local groups visited with me this week, including students from Tama and BCLUW. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Stop gun violence

March 8, 2013 To the Editor: Strengthening the current background checking systems for gun sales is a first step to making our children & communities safe & free of gun violenc. more »»

Key investments to grow middle class

March 8, 2013 We’re keeping the focus on expanding Iowa’s middle class as we develop the next state budget. At the same time, we’re committed to a balanced, stable and sustainable budget. more »»

Slices of Life - Warriors give all for the team

March 8, 2013 The warrior enters the arena prepared for battle, or at least an extensive period of intense physical, mental and vocal workout. more »»



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