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Renewables Can Put the Brakes on High Gas Prices

July 11, 2014 As Americans hop in their cars this summer, gasoline prices are at a six-year high. Thanks to surging demand and continued turmoil in Iraq, gas is quickly approaching $4.00 per gallon. more »»

Slices of Life - Picture perfect

July 4, 2014 When my kids were babies, I took lots of photos - always hoping to get the one perfect shot. This was during the prehistoric, pre-digital age, when cameras required film and film required developin. more »»

Don't Muzzle Freedom of Speech

July 4, 2014 There are few things more sacred to the individual rights of citizens of the United States than the Bill of Rights. more »»

Q&A on Checks and Balances

July 4, 2014 Q: What’s significant about the recent ruling on the President’s use of recess appointments? A: The U.S. more »»

Slices of Life - A watched pot

June 27, 2014 At our house, my husband browns the hamburger. I don’t have the patience for it. I go in with the best of intentions. I place the ground beef in the pan, turn on the heat and grab my spatula. more »»

A Commitment to Good Iowa Government

June 27, 2014 Here in Iowa, we have one of the best state governments in the countr. more »»

Q&A on Alzheimer's Disease

June 27, 2014 Q: Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. more »»

Slices of Life - Survey says...

June 20, 2014 We’ve all partaken in the occasional survey - whether it be for business (customer feedback), pleasure (what’s your personality type), political purposes (donkey or elephant) or just to get a head... more »»

Freedom is Precious

June 20, 2014 On Independence Day we celebrate the gift of America given to us 238 years ago by the founders of our great nation. Freedom is as precious as life itself. more »»

Slices of Life - Charger envy

June 13, 2014 It’s become an integral part of my family’s everyday life: Charging. more »»

Q&A on Flag Day

June 13, 2014 Q: Why celebrate Flag Day? A: Flag Day observes the anniversary of the adoption of the “Stars and Stripes” on June 14, 1777, as the national flag of the United States of Americ. more »»

Slices of Life - The day of Doug

June 6, 2014 He bounded into the yard Saturday morning around 10:00 - unannounced and uninvited - with an enthusiasm usually reserved for squirrels. more »»

Helping Iowans break through bureaucratic inertia

June 6, 2014 During the recent two-week break in the congressional calendar, I continued my 2014 road trip across Iowa in April, visiting with Iowans in schools and on-the-job in their hometown communities. more »»

Quality of Life Investments Boost Economy, Middle Class

June 6, 2014 Iowa’s great quality of life is bolstered by a variety of arts, culture and recreation. These opportunities make daily life more enjoyable—and they’re good for our economy. more »»

Letter to the Editor: I support Rod Blum

June 6, 2014 Dear Editor, I recently had the pleasure of meeting and talking with U.S. Congress Candidate Rod Blum. As a business owner, I can appreciate Mr. more »»

Letter to the Editor: John Kerry

June 6, 2014 Dear Editor, Is it possible that his Secretary of State John Kerry is the same John Kerry who became a hero to the North Vietnamese in the Viet Nam War by being a traitor to the United States and... more »»

The Braley Brief: Sticking up for our Seniors

May 30, 2014 Iowa has a larger proportion of seniors than nearly any other state in the nation—and for generations they’ve been improving our state in ways big and small. more »»

Slices of Life - Half-empty nesters

May 30, 2014 Fledgling birds know instinctively when it is time to leave the nest. Thing is, for them there is no going back. Bird nests are high up in trees, making it impossible for baby birds to hop back up. more »»

Q&A on Memorial Day

May 30, 2014 Q: How long has the U.. more »»

Legislature Approves Incentives to Attract Skilled Veterans

May 30, 2014 Over the next five years, the U.S. Armed Services will downsize our military forces by 350,000. These Americans have skills that make them valuable to Iowa businesses and communitie. more »»



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