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I thought the often-repeated desire to weed out waste, fraud and abuse from government spending was something Republicans, Democrats and independents could all agree on in Iowa.   Boy, am I … more
Today I want us to learn from Jesus about leadership. Who has made the most impact on your life? From the passage below, we learn from Jesus which influences to reject and which influences to … more
My friend Denny and I were as different as night and day. He was conservative; I was wasn’t. I accused him of being to the right of Atilla the Hun. He accused me of working for Pravda, the … more
Just a few days ago on Easter Sunday we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus died on the cross and three days later rose from the dead. With God’s Word, I will point out several … more
The Iowa Legislature and Governor Kim Reynolds cannot seem to make up their minds whether they support parental rights or are against Mom and Dad being the decision-makers when it comes to their … more
The holiday which we celebrate on March 17th known as St. Patrick’s Day has really taken on an unusual character in recent decades.   What originated in the early 1600’s as a … more
There is an interesting study in contrasts playing out right now in Iowa.   One example comes from the Davis County School District in Bloomfield. It is the 96th-largest of Iowa’s 328 … more
Today is Ash Wednesday in the Church Year.   If you know anything about the season of Lent or about Ash Wednesday, you likely know that this is the day in which some Christians choose to have … more
How do you express your love for someone? With Valentine’s Day being yesterday, my guess is that many gave and received expressions of love for a spouse, a child, grandchild, friend and the … more
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 money. … 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 company. … 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 … 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
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