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Slices of Life - At our fingertips

January 17, 2014 Road conditions in my neighborhood were treacherous yesterday, so I did what any concerned citizen would do. I checked online to see how long it would be before they improved. more »»

Q&A on the Federal Reserve

January 17, 2014 Q: What does the Federal Reserve do? A: The Fed was created to stem fault lines in the financial system that many argued bred depositor runs, interest rate spikes and market speculation in the late... more »»

Report Card for 113th Congress

January 3, 2014 As the first session of the 113th Congress ends, year-end performance reviews are under way. Public opinion of Washington is remarkably low. more »»

Slices of Life - The best tree ever

January 3, 2014 The holidays are a busy time of year. At my house, dividing the duties usually consists of splitting them between me, myself and I. The blame for this rests solely on me, myself and I. more »»

What are Washington's Objectives in Syria?

January 3, 2014 On June 23, 1941, the day after the Germans invaded Russia, Harry Truman stated on the floor of the Senate: “If we see that Germany is winning, we ought to help Russia, and if Russia is winning we... more »»

No new sanctions on Iran

December 24, 2013 It has been quite a week. more »»

Slices of Life - Affluenza? Blame the parents

December 24, 2013 As a self-professed fan of the English language, I like to think I stay hip with our ever-evolving lingo, but I learned a new vocabulary word this week. more »»

Q&A on the IRS Commissioner

December 24, 2013 Q: Will new leadership at the IRS fix the agency’s recent problems? A: As the tax collector-in-chief for the federal treasury, the Internal Revenue Service and its commissioner bear a Herculean task... more »»

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 »»

 
 

 

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