Opinion

01/27/2015 - 11:46am
Narrowing needs at North Side   A $1.4 million improvement plan at North Side Elementary has sparked extensive discussion from the Hampton-Dumont Board of Education in the past two months. Though it’s clear the building needs the updates, it’s important that the district looks at the long game while planning ahead.      The $1.4 million project is only...
01/20/2015 - 12:53pm
Get out of the way. We want to see our kids.                   I never thought this would happen. We went shopping for a truck camper.      Two of our kids live in Los Angeles and Dawn has two brothers in South Carolina. They deserve for us to...
01/20/2015 - 12:52pm
Growing Iowa’s middle class in 2015                   The Iowa Legislature gaveled in on Jan. 12 for the 2015 session. It was an honor to sign my name in the official register after being re-elected as senator for the people of Senate District 27, which includes...
01/20/2015 - 12:52pm
Proposals and updates greet lawmakers during opening week of 2015 General Assembly   The 86th General Assembly has officially kicked off and I am looking forward to working hard on your behalf. It is a true privilege to continue to represent and serve you in the Iowa House.       In addition to committees...
01/13/2015 - 3:24pm
DMWW lawsuit an alarming wake up call        Litigation announced last week in Des Moines was yet another boiling point in the ongoing battle over Iowa's polluted water sources. Though the merits will be debated at length, it's clear a similar lawsuit could occur in many rural areas throughout the state....
01/13/2015 - 3:23pm
To The Future and Back   I’ve been doing this for a long time now and it still sometimes surprises me when I discover that people actually read what I write.      It shouldn’t. Intellectually I understand that far more people have read my work than I will ever be aware of. After all, newspapers wouldn...
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