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Slices of Life - The mower fix

October 11, 2013 My husband went out to mow the lawn last week. The good news: he came back. The bad news: he came back after cutting only half of the back yard. He entered the kitchen with an announcement. more »»

The Braley Brief: A Unilateral Response is Not the Answer

September 27, 2013 On August 21, Bashar al-Assad, the brutal dictator who rules Syria, used chemical weapons against his own people, killing hundreds of civilians including women and children. more »»

Agriculture Key to American Prosperity

September 27, 2013 As the heat index rises along the Potomac, it’s easy to understand why ice cream was a favored treat at Mount Vernon, the home of America’s first presiden. more »»

Slices of Life - Out with the old, in with the new

September 27, 2013 This week I said goodbye to an old friend and our parting was bittersweet. We’d spent nearly every day together for more than seven years. Lately, however, he just hadn’t been reliable. more »»

Slices of Life - Remember when...

September 20, 2013 There are certain dates that stick in our memories. September 11, 2001 is one for most of u. more »»

Reeling in Patent Trolls

September 20, 2013 The resilient U.S. economy owes in large measure its global reputation for prosperity to the ideas, innovation and invention rooted deeply in our American heritage. more »»

Is It Possible Al Qaeda (Not Assad) Used Chemical Weapons?

September 13, 2013 Washington says it has proof that Syria used sarin gas on its own people in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta and that only the regime could have been responsible. more »»

Slices of Life - A slippery path

September 13, 2013 I realize this is old news and I am way behind the times, but what’s new? I’ve always been a little late coming to the party; I’ve been wearing the same jean jacket since the 1990s. more »»

Grass Roots Representation

September 13, 2013 Just before Labor Day, I wrapped up 15 county meetings in Northwest Iowa. Since Iowans first hired me to represent them in the U.S. more »»

Letter to the Editor: DVA/SAC closing

September 6, 2013 Dear Editor: It is with much sadness that I write this letter. more »»

Slices of Life - Saying goodbye, for now, again

September 6, 2013 I thought it would be easier the second time around, but I was wrong. We are packing up our oldest son for college this week and I find my eyes watering inexplicably. more »»

Q&A on Presidential Libraries

September 6, 2013 Q: What is the purpose of presidential libraries? A: Building on an idea conceived by President Franklin D. more »»

Tackling Iowa's need for more skilled workers

September 6, 2013 Iowa remains one of the most affordable places to live and do business, and that success is reflected in one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. more »»

Slices of Life - Free doesn't always mean free

August 30, 2013 There’s no such thing as a free lunch - or free checking. Not anymore. You may be familiar with free checking. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Humane horse slaughter

August 30, 2013 Dear Editor, As a local Tama County farmer, I was distressed to read the letter from the Iowa Director of the Humane Society of the United States, Carol Griglione. more »»

Fixing America's Welcome Mat

August 30, 2013 They say history has a way of repeating itself. That certainly came true in June when the U.S. Senate approved a sweeping reform bill to revamp the nation’s immigration laws. Unfortunately, the U.S. more »»

The Braley Brief: Using Technology to Improve Rural Health Care

August 30, 2013 Medicine has come a long way since the days of house calls. more »»

Slices of Life - More than half a century of plastic romance

August 23, 2013 A couple of messages on Facebook this week mentioned a big birthday and celebrity milestone that piqued my interes. more »»

The Braley Brief: Providing Veterans with the Benefits They Deserve

August 23, 2013 Whether it's continuing their education with the help of the GI Bill, attending a VA job fair, or submitting a disability claim, our veterans deserve to know that they can rely on the Department of... more »»

The Need for the Renewable Fuel Standard

August 23, 2013 It’s a critically important time for the bioenergy industry, and particularly the advanced biofuels producer. more »»



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