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Blum recaps first year in office

January 15, 2016 Just over a year ago, Eastern Iowans sent me to Washington to represent them in Congress. more »»

The Dengler Domain: Handwritten Letters

January 8, 2016 Lol”. “Brb.” “Smh.” These phrases are commonly sent through email, Facebook, and texting. These quick forms of communication are great, except they do not have a personal touch. more »»

Slices of Life - Marriage is a really long race

January 8, 2016 Hollywood actress Jamie Lee Curtis has been married for 31 years - consecutive ?- to the same man. Exclamation point. In Hollywood, this is a big deal. Heck, it’s a big deal anywher. more »»

Review of 2015: Senate Gets to Work

January 8, 2016 At year’s end, most Americans take stock of the previous 12 months and consider if they met their goals for the year. more »»

Slices of Life - A mom's talents run deep

January 1, 2016 My talents never cease to amaze me. Multi-talents, actually; I am multi-talented and living in a household where my elaborate skills are acknowledged and revered. more »»

The Dengler Domain: Cars - Part II

January 1, 2016 Cars are an amazing creation. Each one provides a different flavor than the next, but together these cars make up a wonderful ecosystem. Some go fast, some go slow, and some go just righ. more »»

Better Training & Education Will Help Expand Iowa's Middle Class

January 1, 2016 We should do all that we can to help more workers and their families join Iowa’s middle class. As 2015 comes to an end, Iowa continues its recovery from the national economic recession. more »»

The Dengler Domain: Music Battle Royale 4

December 27, 2015 I wrote about Christmas gifts and Christmas specials so time to finish off the trilog. more »»

Slices of Life - Star Wars Saga

December 18, 2015 It’s that special time of year and we’re a nation in anticipation. more »»

The Dengler Domain: Christmas Specials

December 18, 2015 Christmas season is upon us, and it is a wonderful time of year. more »»

Q&A: New K-12 Education Law

December 18, 2015 Q: What is the Every Student Succeeds Act? A: In the first rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) since 2001, the Republican-led Congress restored a much greater degree of... more »»

A New Year and a New Beginning

December 18, 2015 The New Year is a time of resolutions. It’s a time when people commit to making a change in their life. more »»

The Dengler Domain: '60s Fashion

December 11, 2015 “Traer, we have landed….in the 1960s, and it is time to talk about the fashion.” I mined across internet websites and found clothes popular in the ‘60s. more »»

Slices of Life - Oh Christmas Tree

December 11, 2015 It’s the time of year dreaded by spruce and pine alike. People take to the malls to hunt for bargains, but they also take to the grocery store parking lot to hunt for freshly slaughtered Fraser fir. more »»

True Holiday Spirit

December 11, 2015 Among other things, the holidays are a time of giving and receiving gifts. more »»

Q&A: Prescription Drugs

December 11, 2015 Q: Why are you working to increase imports of pharmaceuticals from Canada into the United States? A: Americans ought to have the ability to benefit from free markets, including when they fill thei... more »»

Slices of Life - The really big sugar crystal project

December 4, 2015 Every parent has experienced the phenomenon. Your child is given an assignment on the first day of clas. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Book donation

December 4, 2015 To the Editor: My dad passed away this fall, and I thought I would do something in his honor. I remembered contributing online to the school library last year, and thought I would do so again. more »»

The Dengler Domain: Christmas Gifts

December 4, 2015 With Thanksgiving in the rear view window, Christmas shopping is here. This wonderful holiday has many great advantages. Whether it is receiving or buying gifts, it is a fun time. more »»

Letter to the Editor: I Caucus for Kids

November 27, 2015 To the Editor: Presidential hopefuls should share solutions for the multitude of issues facing children. more »»



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