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It is difficult for many of us to muster empathy for people accused of crimes who have complaints about the way police treated them.This lack of empathy probably occurs because ordinary folks do not …

In my day job, I wear the hat of the executive director of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council. This nonprofit, nonpartisan organization has been around for 40+ years.We advocate on behalf of the …

Transparency is the cornerstone of trust and accountability. That’s why I’ve worked hard to maintain a high standard of transparency as your senator, including by holding meetings in all …

It was not in the menu, but there was a heaping helping of irony served up one evening last week at a restaurant in Washington, D.C.U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was dining at …

The Iowa State University agricultural engineering graduate began raising sheep and crops. He also set about working to restore the “prairie pothole” ecology of shallow wetlands that was …

Aaron Salter Jr., 55, was on duty at the security job that supplemented his retirement income. Ruth Whitfield, 86, was buying groceries. Celestine Chaney, 65, stopped in for strawberries for the …

You have to marvel at the capacity of the human spirit — especially the ability of people who remain optimistic and upbeat in the face of challenges most of us can’t fathom. Those thoughts were …

Driving by the river on the east end of town you will immediately notice a hive of activity at Riverview Park. Construction vehicles can be seen busily moving and hauling copious amounts of dirt to …

My farmer friend, Earl—we call him Earl the Pearl for no good reason except it rhymes—was having a bad couple of days. He wanted to move his herd of Hereford cattle from one farm to the other, a …

Richard Deming, the son of a grain elevator worker and grocery store clerk from small-town South Dakota, is a modest, soft-spoken man. He has spent the majority of his adult life with people when …

“Seventeen, hot rod queen, cutest girl you've ever seen, tell the world I'm really keen on my hepcat doll of seventeen.  Now, sloppy shirt, old blue jeans, dirty shoes, by all means, patch of …

Controversy, of sorts, arrived in my driveway last week. There was no commotion. There were no protesters. No picketers. No chants about destroying the economy or caving in to China. In fact, …

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