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Breast Cancer Awareness Month -- Know Your Family History

October 24, 2014 When was the last time you talked with your loved ones about your family’s health history? These conversations are crucial to your health, as well as the health of your family members who need to... more »»

Slices of Life - The last supper

October 24, 2014 I am clinging to supper like a desperate and damp piece of toilet paper on a slippery sneaker. I hold on by a thin thread of two-ply ultra-soft. My grip is tenuous, yet tenaciou. more »»

Slices of Life - Beauty in the dryer

October 17, 2014 “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” - Confucius Confucius was a big thinker and the idea that beauty is everywhere is a nice, fluffy thought. more »»

In Iowa's Interest: Confronting the Disability Unemployment Crisis

October 17, 2014 Over half a century ago, when my brother Frank was at the Iowa School for the Deaf, he was told he could be one of three things: a printer, a cobbler, or a baker. more »»

Accelerate Prosperity, Reverse Uncle Sam's Overdrive

October 17, 2014 Underemployment is up. Wage growth is down. Job openings are up. Hiring is down. Student debt is up. Job optimism is down. Consumer debt is up. The personal savings rate is down. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Hospice care

October 10, 2014 Dear Editor: Despite the growing number of Americans seeking end of life care, the number of short stays in hospice is troublesome. more »»

Iowa Ranks High for Fiscal Responsibility

October 3, 2014 A perfect credit rating and strong budget make Iowa one of the best run states in the country. As your state senator, I am committed to keeping Iowa’s finances in good shape. more »»

Slices of Life - Living quiet in a noisy world

October 3, 2014 I am an inside my head type of person. I often have complete and satisfying conversations involving just me, myself and I. My inner monologues can be captivating. (Oh yes they can. more »»

The Scoop: Protecting Freedom of Speech

October 3, 2014 The Declaration of Independence states that everyone is endowed by their Creator with unalienable rights that governments are created to protec. more »»

To Make or Break America

October 3, 2014 History teaches us two things: what works and what doesn’t. After over 200 years of experience, we know definitively what has worked for America. more »»

Slices of Life - One of the worst inventions ever

September 27, 2014 Some inventions are too good to be true. Hotel pool towels aren’t one of them. more »»

Slices of Life - The selfie

September 19, 2014 My husband and I recently went on vacation. He served as trip photographer because his phone was smarter than mine. I’m in a number of the pictures. more »»


September 19, 2014 Q: What is ISIS? A: A radical group of Islamic extremists operating from the Middle East, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, ISIL or Islamic State), is escalating its terrorist insurgency... more »»

Slices of Life - Feeding Earl

September 12, 2014 I’ve been feeding a squirrel. Please note the singular tense. Squirrel. Not squirrels. People don’t typically feed squirrels. more »»

In Iowa's Interest

September 12, 2014 Monday, August 10, marked the beginning of National Health Center Week, a time to recognize the vital role of community health centers in America. more »»

Injustice 101: Denying Sexual Assualt is a Serious Crime

September 12, 2014 Heading off to college triggers a range of emotions for students and their families. more »»

Slices of Life - Advice on the first day

September 5, 2014 It happens each year precisely on July 5. Sparklers and smoke bombs on aisle four are replaced with boxes of crayons and bargain notebooks and the back to school season officially begins. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Farm health & safety

September 5, 2014 To the Editor: Fall is the time of harvest. Colors of the landscape rapidly change from shades of green to various shades of red, yellow and brow. more »»

Q&A on ALS

September 5, 2014 Q: What is ALS? A: Some people may know the neurodegenerative disease by another name, Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. more »»

Working Families: The Foundation of a Strong Iowa Economy

September 5, 2014 September kicks off with Labor Day, a time to celebrate the achievements of working families as the foundation of a strong economy. more »»



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