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Through the years, justices on the Iowa Supreme Court typically avoid harsh or overzealous language in their decisions. That is why two separate dissenting opinions jumped out Friday when the court …

Everybody needs a timeout.  When I was a kid, “timeout” was just becoming fashionable, like when the hula hoop took the country by swirl.  Instead of a spanking, a …

I had this week’s commentary written and submitted early Saturday afternoon, but clearly, things have changed. I wanted to write about my daughter’s belief that capitalism is getting a …

Do you remember that phrase our nation’s founders wrote in the preamble to the Constitution 237 years ago? The one about forming a more perfect union? We have hit some speed bumps in that …

On June 20, 98-year old Vern Dorothy of Mt. Pleasant, a World War II Navy Veteran, threw out the first pitch at a Burlington Bees baseball game.  The crowd, with more than polite applause, …

I’m headed on a getaway in memory of Mom. We used to rent a home in the Smoky Mountains every couple of years just to re-engage with each other. Usually a four-night, five-day affair where the …

You know how some memories stick with you for no logical reason? One such memory involves my dad in the 1960s when I was a teenager. After World War II, my father worked for the City of Bloomfield, …

On our cruise ship, the rugs in the elevators have the day of the week imprinted on them.  What a hoot!  Is it because there are so many seniors on board that the ship is like a floating …

This week I’m gonna talk to you a little about food. Yeah, I’m a foodie. I love to explore places away from the comfort of extreme southeast Iowa and sample food. I think I made up the …

I can prove that golf is a social game. I never get any better, but I keep meeting more and more people to play the game with. A friend of mine and I found our way to Riverside on Saturday to play …

It has been six months since a 17-year-old Perry High School student walked out of a school bathroom and began shooting toward students who were having breakfast before heading to their classes on …

In 1978 Mike and Marilyn Vincent of Mt. Pleasant welcomed their second-of-five Youth For Understanding students (Foreign Exchange Students).  This one from Finland.  Her name is Outi …

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