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Letter to the Editor: Suicide survivors

November 1, 2013 Dear Editor, Each day in the U.S. more »»

Slices of Life - Picture day

November 1, 2013 It was picture day at school today. We nearly missed the annual event. more »»

Apply for new business property tax credit

November 1, 2013 The Iowa Department of Revenue and local governments are rolling out the new Business Property Tax Credit the Legislature approved this year (Senate File 295). more »»

Slices of Life - Coming clean

October 25, 2013 Last weekend I came out of the closet - with an armload that included an old Christmas sweater, two pairs of mom jeans and a maternity top from 1997. more »»

State government is working for you

October 25, 2013 During the federal government shutdown, I get many questions about how things are working at the state level. I’m proud to say the state of Iowa is open for business. more »»

Slices of Life - A case of the blurbs

October 18, 2013 Blurt: verb 1. An impulsive comment or question that comes across as inappropriate or unwanted. 2. To utter abruptly. 3. To speak out of turn. 4. more »»

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 »»



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