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  • My morning drive

    Driving to work each morning, I often find myself deep in thought — while still obeying all traffic laws. (That’s my disclaimer since I’m married to a ...
    April 26, 2017 - 9:58 am
  • Get into STEM by simply looking up

    Editor’s note: this column originally published Nov. 6, 2014It’s not easy to pick a pumpkin in the d ...
    April 26, 2017 - 9:58 am
  • Giant silkworm moth

    Big news on the Empty Nest Farm! This February, during one of our warm spells, I found what appeared to be a leafy cocoon or chrysalis under our maple ...
    April 26, 2017 - 9:58 am
  • The final gavel falls on 2018 session

    As the sun set, or in this case rose, as the gavel fell on the Iowa legislative session, we can ponder what was accomplished. After a very divisive se ...
    April 26, 2017 - 9:58 am
  • Budget work continues

    The 2018 budget took priority this week at the State House. The governor’s proposed budget certainly has some misplaced priorities. One example is the ...
    April 19, 2017 - 11:21 am
  • April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    Many of us know someone who has been sexually assaulted. After all, one in five women and one in 33 men experience rape, and 60,000 children each year ...
    April 19, 2017 - 11:21 am
  • Jovie is a morning person

    Editor’s Note: This column originally published Dec. 15, 2016.One month ago, if someone would have a ...
    April 19, 2017 - 11:21 am
  • No voter ID

    At our local legislative forum with Rep. Wes Breckenridge, I was dismayed to learn that there are so many deep budget cuts that will negatively affect ...
    April 19, 2017 - 11:21 am
  • Surviving Part 4

    This is the fourth and final installment of “Surviving” by Susie Clark. I don’t know of a braver person.
    April 19, 2017 - 11:20 am
  • Has compromise been filibustered

    The filibuster. This U.S. Senate rule-of-last-resort isn’t just theatrics, although it can be theatrical.
    April 12, 2017 - 10:33 am
  • My journey to a good night’s sleep

    I can’t remember the last time I went to bed and slept through the night. I’m an early riser, which means I am generally ready to call it a day by 8 p ...
    April 12, 2017 - 10:33 am
  • Old theories hurt education

    Two prior education theories share responsibility for the downfall of education in this country, and the struggle to get back on track. 
    April 12, 2017 - 10:32 am
  • Legislative session winding down

    Project Labor AgreementsA Republican-sponsored bill that concerns Project Labor Agreements passed th ...
    April 12, 2017 - 10:33 am
  • Writing is storytelling no matter the genre

    Editor’s note: This column orginally published Oct. 15, 2015Journalists are first and foremost story ...
    April 5, 2017 - 9:49 am
  • Giving schools flexibility to ensure efficient use of funding

    The Legislature is working on two bills to provide flexibility in how schools use their money.When n ...
    April 5, 2017 - 9:48 am
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