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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 »»

Slices of Life - Field Trip Mom

June 14, 2013 The end of the school year means one thing - besides backpacks sent home filled with crumpled spelling worksheets, artwork, pencil nubs and capless markers. I'm talking about field trips. more »»

Slices of Life - The Gift of Remembering

June 7, 2013 Today I worked outside in the yard. Tending the gardens. Raking. Planting. Pulling weeds. Taking inventory - lilies, hostas, poppies. And rhubarb. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Early childhood programs

June 7, 2013 Dear Editor: One school year has just ended, and parents of young children are going to preschool graduations and preparing for entry into kindergarte. more »»

Q&A on Drones

May 31, 2013 Q: What is prompting heightened concern about drones? A: Drones, or unmanned aircraft, are most commonly known as part of overseas operations tracking down and killing members of terrorist... more »»

Slices of Life - Puddles

May 31, 2013 “A puddle is generally small enough for an adult to step over, shallow enough to walk through and too small to traverse in a boat or raft. Puddles can be a source of fascination for children. more »»

Job training at community college will boost the economy

May 31, 2013 The final days of the 2013 session brought great news for Iowans who want to do more for their families, and for Iowa businesses in need of skilled employee. more »»

Slices of Life - I'll do it later

May 24, 2013 “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” Thomas Jefferson Yeah right. I’ve been meaning to write a column about procrastination - I just never got around to i. more »»

Letter to the Editor: IVH needs oversight

May 24, 2013 Dear Editor: Recently, I was part of a small group who gave testimony to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee regarding serious concerns about the Home’s Commandant. more »»

Update from the Capitol - Week 16

May 17, 2013 Week sixteen of the session is done, we have completed the official calendar but we have not adjourned. more »»

Slices of Life - Lessons of motherhood

May 17, 2013 I’ve been on the job for more than 21 years, without a day off for longevity, illness, endurance or good behavior. I’m not complaining. I wouldn’t want a day off. Not a whole day, anyway. more »»

Q&A on the Keystone XL pipeline

May 10, 2013 Q: Why do you support the Keystone XL Pipeline? A: The crude oil pipeline from Canada to the U.. more »»

Slices of Life - The bond of preschool

May 10, 2013 It was a party 14 years in the making. Attendees included nine moms who met when our kids were in preschool. more »»

Life's lessons from your mother

May 10, 2013 Your mother tried to teach you some valuable lessons. Moms have a unique ability to impart essential wisdom. Unfortunately, most of us were too young to really appreciate their valu. more »»

Update from the Capitol

May 10, 2013 Week fifteen of the session is done, one week to go in the official calendar. We have voted on over 200 bills on the floor of the House. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Iowa Veterans Home

May 3, 2013 Concerns about the Iowa Veterans House We, the undersigned former employees of the Iowa Veterans Home (IVH), wish to express our deep concern about what is happening there. more »»

 
 

 

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