Report Card for 113th Congress
January 3, 2014 As the first session of the 113th Congress ends, year-end performance reviews are under way. Public opinion of Washington is remarkably low. more »»
What are Washington's Objectives in Syria?
January 3, 2014 On June 23, 1941, the day after the Germans invaded Russia, Harry Truman stated on the floor of the Senate: “If we see that Germany is winning, we ought to help Russia, and if Russia is winning we... more »»
Q&A on the IRS Commissioner
December 24, 2013 Q: Will new leadership at the IRS fix the agency’s recent problems? A: As the tax collector-in-chief for the federal treasury, the Internal Revenue Service and its commissioner bear a Herculean task... more »»
Slices of Life - Kids say the darndest...
December 13, 2013 If you’re ever around kids for any extended period of time - or even a not so extended period of time - you’ll observe firsthand they come up with some interesting, unique, hysterical and brutally... more »»
Iowa Juvenile Home Update
December 6, 2013 In my previous column I talked about a meeting between a delegation from Toledo and the governor’s office regarding the Iowa Juvenile Home (IJH). more »»
31 years of restoring toys
November 26, 2013 It is time; after 31 years of restoring toys to ‘new’ condition, I need to give up this project and have a ‘normal life’ as Dean asks me to. more »»
Slices of Life - Becoming a breadwinner
November 15, 2013 I’ve never been much of a breadwinner. Heck, I’m not much of a bread baker, and possess neither the mixing nor measuring skills required to take home any ribbons from any country fair. more »»
Slices of Life - Living in the moment
November 8, 2013 “You don’t really appreciate what you’ve got until it’s gone.” These wise words came out of the mouth of my 16-year-old son; surprisingly, he wasn’t referring to a Snicker’s ba. more »»