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You don’t need a crystal ball to see that private school vouchers appear to be barreling toward passage by the Iowa Legislature, just three weeks into the 2023 session. These vouchers, or … more
On Tuesday, I was able to serve on my first subcommittee for this session where we discussed and passed HSB 2. This was the first among many subcommittees I will be taking part in this legislative … more
The Legislature wrote Iowa’s public records law 55 years ago, and one of the tenets of the statute was the belief people deserve to know how state and local governments spend their tax … more
Editor’s Note: With the start of the New Year, begins a new column with the help of Bancroft resident Jan Wolf.  Jan has been collecting articles over the  years and will be … more
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.  James 1:17 For some reason I chose to … more
Few people like being told what they must do. Lorie Smith is one of them. The suburban Denver, Colo., business owner, a devout Christian, builds websites for customers. She wants to expand her … more
A couple of generations ago, an up-and-coming Arkansas retailer was spreading out across America, and Kenneth Stone was inundated with requests to speak around Iowa and far beyond about the … more
Middle ground is not something that often is seen nowadays in Iowa government or our politics. These days, candidates, elected officials and community members often are seen as flawed if they … more
Don’t you just love living in the Midwest where we have the pleasure of enjoying all four seasons?  Fall is my favorite time of year with the beautiful changing colors of the trees and … more
Growing up in Bloomfield in the 1950s and 1960s, I remember seeing empty coffee cans next to the cash registers in places like Ollie O’Briant’s drug store, Bill Tews’ coffee shop … more
These days, I stand in front of audiences and engage in what is politely called “public speaking” more often than even Mr. Gentry ever imagined when I showed up at his office door 55 … more
A few years ago I made a trip to Peru with some friends and visited Machu Picchu, the famed Incan ruins near Cuzco.  Because of the high number of tourists who visit the site, tour groups are … more
President Joe Biden’s decision to cancel up to $10,000 in federal student loans for many borrowers is fair game for vigorous debate — and disagreement. Americans have been debating and … more
Not all of the best medicine comes with a prescription from a physician. Don’t read this to mean I am advocating treating coronavirus with ivermectin, a drug more often used on horses. … more
People in the health care field have worked their tails off since the Covid pandemic hit Iowa with a vengeance in 2020. Doctors, nurses and all manner of technicians and support staff have … more
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 … more
Many people who either live in Swea City or drive-through Swea City have been enjoying the beautiful flowers on the corners of our streets in town. As well as those in the corner of the park. Those … more
I was cooking supper last night when I turned and saw my 5 year old pushing my 1 year old around the house in his little plastic radio flyer wagon. The smiles and giggles coming from both boys were … more
Today many people use GPS (Global Positioning System) for getting directions when traveling. Spiritually speaking, the Bible does that. We read in Psalm 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my … more
Cliff Steinberger of Armstrong passed away Tuesday morning, July 5 at the age of 97. Visitation will be held on Friday, July 8 from 9:00 -10:30 a.m.  at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in … more
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