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Slices of Life - A fresh batch of sweet simple pleasures

August 2, 2013 A fresh batch of sweet simple pleasures Every so often it’s good to take the time to stop and smell the roses. To count our blessings. To pause and appreciate the wonders surrounding u. more »»

Colon cancer screening saves lives

August 2, 2013 Is cancer preventable? That’s a provocative question. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Horse slaughter

July 26, 2013 Dear Editor: Iowa has become ground zero in the national debate on horse slaughter, now that the USDA has cleared a horse slaughter plant to begin butchering horses here. more »»

Slices of Life - A return to the garden

July 26, 2013 The older I get, the more I realize life ebbs and flows like the tide - rising, receding, coming in, going out. What is possible at high tide is impossible at low tide, and so on. more »»

Q&A on Status of IRS Bonuses

July 26, 2013 Q: What prompted you to write a letter to the IRS about executive bonuses? A: In March, $85 billion in automatic, across-the-board spending reductions started taking effect throughout the federal... more »»

Slices of Life - The perfect weekend

July 19, 2013 I spent last weekend at a cabin at a lake with a trio of 11-year-old boys. It was everything you’re imagining: wild, energetic, boisterous, rowdy and splashtastic. more »»

Fake Farm Bill... would dismantle the Farm Bill itself

July 19, 2013 This is a fake Farm Bill. It’s nothing less than a wolf in sheep’s clothing that would dismantle the Farm Bill itself. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Orthopedic clinic

July 12, 2013 Letter to the Editor: Citizens of Tama County, if you know of any child up to the age of 18 in your area with an orthopaedic condition (muscle, bone or joint related) please inform families about a... more »»

Slices of Life - Advantages of truck ownership abound

July 12, 2013 Not long ago, I found myself living in a house inhabited by two entities: those who thought we needed a pick-up truck, and those who didn’t. more »»

Q&A on the Death Tax

July 12, 2013 Q: Will Congress take up tax reform this Congress? A: The tax-writing Senate Finance Committee is laying the groundwork to rewrite the federal tax code. more »»

Senate Immigration Reform Bill

July 12, 2013 “When the Senate began to work in earnest on immigration reform earlier this year, I enumerated a number of principles that I believed should inform that process, including improved border security... more »»

Slices of Life - Life and death in the backyard

July 5, 2013 The sky may not be falling, but in my backyard, baby birds sure are. They are tumbling from their nests like a hot pair of dice during and even hotter game of craps. more »»

The Braley Brief: The Farm Bill - Failure Isn't an Option

July 5, 2013 Last week, I voted for Iowa farmers, manufacturers, and small businesses by supporting the Farm Bill. more »»

Governor's vetoes hurt public safety, vulnerable Iowans

July 5, 2013 Over the last several years, Iowa has been working on a better way to provide mental health care and disability services for Iowans. more »»

Slices of Life - Pass the ketchup

June 28, 2013 We were out of ketchup - or catsup, depending on your preference. You say tuh-may-toe; I say tuh-mah-toe. The word ketchup is sometimes associated with a particular brand. more »»

America's Birthday

June 28, 2013 “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. more »»

The Braley Brief: Remembering the 2008 Flood

June 21, 2013 Two weeks ago, I found myself in Cedar Rapids doing something I was doing almost exactly five years before – filling sandbags with Iowa volunteers who were working tirelessly to protect their... more »»

Benghazi and the USS Liberty -- a Parallel?

June 21, 2013 June 8th marked the 46th anniversary of the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. As readers may recall, the USS Liberty was an U.S. more »»

Slices of Life - Summer, 84 days and counting

June 21, 2013 I love being a mom - 365 days a year - or nearly that man. more »»

Beleaguered IRS Undermines Public Trust

June 14, 2013 America's system of voluntary tax compliance works in large measure by keeping up the public's trust in government. more »»

 
 

 

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