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Plenty of stray thoughts have been swirling through my noggin lately. Thoughts like:What would Americans and members of Congress think today if the federal government decided against creating the …

I have a number of these whatchamacallits.  I make sculptures out of them.  I weld the “jaws” open, attach the whatchamacallits to some other metal objects, and they look like angry-dog …

The community got some good news last week. Tara Johnson texted me and asked me to give her call about something. Sometimes journalists hope that people call with some inside scoop or tip. But …

The chambers of the Iowa Senate and the Iowa House of Representatives are silent after a busy 2021 session.  Lawmakers teed up bills that addressed a wide assortment of problems, real or …

I didn't get the garden in until Wednesday, May 12, this year, Hump Day. (Am I over the hump?) In a burst of energy, guilt and backache, I slammed the plants and seed into the ground all in one day. …

Back in college, we used to watch a lot of David Letterman. As a matter of habit, I would try to get back from the library before 10:30 so I could catch the late night host. One of my favorite …

You know you've been in the insurance business a long time when you go to a home for an appointment, realize you've been in the home before, but with a different family. (Deja vu all over again, as …

It's the season for graduations. A time typically reserved for celebration, family, a small cash infusion, and as my daughter loves to say, "Cake", is sprinkled this year with a little more …

Through the years, the Iowa Legislature is the place where Iowans gather to debate the biggest issues and challenges facing our state. It has been this way for 175 years.The 2021 session is days from …

Sunburn used to be the badge of courage. As kids, we'd get so sunburned detasseling corn and walking beans that our noses had a semi-permanent hard, crusty blister. Peeling was the early camouflage. …

Well, I for one, feel better. The European Space Agency has determined that 100-foot, 22-ton piece of a Chinese rocket probably will not hit Fort Madison. The latitude of our city, in case you …

People like to talk about what the law says. And in Iowa, the law has a lot to say. Just look at the Iowa Code. It now fills eight volumes and costs $295 for a complete set. But common sense …

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