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The Dengler Domain: Sports

March 10, 2017 Recently I attended a 1A basketball district final game, and it has been a few years since I have been in this type of environment. I realized the game’s atmosphere was phenomenal. more »»

 
 
 
Slices of Life - We just kept having babies

March 10, 2017 I don’t expect everyone to understand. Don’t even expect approval or a nod. Most smart, logical and common sense-driven people stop somewhere around 2.5 children. We did not. more »»

Q&A: Supreme Court Nomination

March 10, 2017 Q: What is the status of filling the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court? A: The Constitution gives the U.S. more »»

The Dengler Domain: Eating Lunch

March 3, 2017 Eating lunch is one of my favorite activities. Nothing like a hard-working morning to make the stomach rumble. Whether it is a light or heavy lunch, it does not matter. more »»

Slices of Life - You should never...

March 3, 2017 There are certain things in life that prudent, forward-thinking people avoid. Like putting their tongue on a frozen metal fence, or being outnumbered by their kids. more »»

Distracted drivers endanger everyone

March 3, 2017 Cellphones are everywhere. The notion of a telephone that could be instantaneously available anywhere was the stuff of science fiction in the quite recent past. more »»

Q&A: Education

March 3, 2017 Q: What does the U.S. Constitution say about education? A: The Constitution is very specific regarding the powers enumerated to the federal government. more »»

The Dengler Domain: Thinking

February 24, 2017 The power of thinking is a beautiful human activity. Escaping reality and dwelling on the meaning of life or what the next meal will be is fun. The power of thought accesses deep parts of the mind. more »»

Vital flow of information is threatened

February 17, 2017 A public notice published by the government is not really public Once a year, all local governments in Iowa are required to publish a public notice in a newspaper listing the salaries of every one o... more »»

The Dengler Domain: Fad or No Fad #3

February 17, 2017 Beep, bop, boop. The super scientific analysis gizmo has awakened. This means it is time for FAD OR NO FAD! The first item is the slinky. more »»

Slices of Life: The Table

February 10, 2017 The Table has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. When I was a child, it was my fortress; I crawled under it, learning every crack and crevice from the underside. more »»

The Dengler Domain: Music Battle Royale #10

February 10, 2017 It is time to enjoy a nice walk on the beach. The waves hitting the sand creates a calm noise. Nothing beats this moment, but I hear a sound in the distance. This is not a peaceful soun. more »»

Q&A: Balanced Budget Amendment

February 10, 2017 Q: Why are you co-sponsoring an amendment requiring Congress to pass a balanced budget? A: The founders authorized a federal amendment process with Article V of the U.S. more »»

Q&A: Collecting Taxes Owed

February 3, 2017 Q: What is the IRS Whistleblower Office? A: With tax filing season under way, millions of U.S. taxpayers are getting their ducks in a row to complete their tax returns and sent in by April 15. more »»

The Dengler Domain: Wallpaper

February 3, 2017 The home is the most important part of the American way of life. It signifies our greatest accomplishment by humans settling down and making a living. more »»

Slices of Life - Taking a sick day

February 3, 2017 I hardly ever get sick. I guess I’m lucky that way. Besides, I’m a mom. Despite what the commercial says, we don’t get sick day. more »»

The Dengler Domain: Outhouses

January 20, 2017 The porta potty, life’s last resort. These vessels do not conjure good memories for most people. more »»

Slices of Life - Vacation foibles

January 20, 2017 We’d been looking forward to the week for months. We planned and packed and prepared to play. more »»

Blum reflects on first term in Congress

January 20, 2017 As I begin my second term as your Representative in Congress I want to take this opportunity to review the progress we made the last two years as well as discuss some of the opportunities we have in... more »»

The Dengler Domain: Dogs

January 13, 2017 Woof! Woof! This is the sound of my favorite pet. Sorry cat, gerbil, or rock, but dogs are my favorite pet. Their excitement around humans is unmatched. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Only in America

January 13, 2017 Dear Editor, Since my retirement from chairing the Tama County Museum I have been going through all the things I have found and researched. Here is one of them. ONLY IN AMERICA; 1. more »»

 
 

 

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