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Civic Duty Requires More

November 14, 2014 Democracy is key to the American experience. You have the right to vote, and most of you exercise that right. This gives us equal say when choosing the persons to best represent our interests. more »»

In Iowa's Interest: Focus on Safety & Health of Farm Families

November 7, 2014 Tens of thousands of Iowans are pushing to harvest huge quantities of food, feed, and energy in a short time. more »»

Slices of Life - Our new garage door

November 7, 2014 Our garage door was on its last legs - or better put, its last hinge. more »»

Q&A: Free Speech Fosters Free Elections

November 7, 2014 Q: What are the five essential freedoms of the First Amendment? A: During the ordinary grind of everyday life, Americans may become complacent about the core principles of our democracy that... more »»

Tax dodging new form of corporate abuse

November 7, 2014 Big corporations have been trying to push farmers around since the 19th century. more »»

Letter to the Editor: I support Ernst

October 31, 2014 Dear Editor: President Obama recently said, “I am not on the ballot this fall. But make no mistake: [my] policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them. more »»

Slices of Life - And a B-lister...

October 31, 2014 And so on. A. I make lists. B. I compose lists. C. I put lists together. D. I enlist lists. My daily to-do directions tell me what to do. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Some would call it socialism

October 31, 2014 Dear Editor, Just a quick note on some issues in the upcoming election on the Minimum wag. more »»

Iowa Stands Out for Jobs and Business Climate

October 31, 2014 In April of this year, Iowa Premium Beef received $4 million in state tax credits. The $4 million is from the High Quality Jobs Program administered by the Iowa Economic Development Authorit. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Pork Month

October 24, 2014 Dear Editor: As a pork producer in Tama County, I am proud to let everyone know that October is Pork mont. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Election

October 24, 2014 Dear Editor, As the upcoming election approaches, the same group of far left liberal women are spreading their false information, such as Social Security is solvent, Wall Street caused the... more »»

Balancing Scales of Justice for Whistleblowers

October 24, 2014 Pressure to go along to get along starts early in life. A student who tells the teacher about playground misbehaviors may face taunts as a tattletale. more »»

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 »»



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