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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 »»

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 »»

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 - 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 Senator Chuck Grassley 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. 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 »»

Q&A on Safe Rx Disposal

October 3, 2014 Q: Why should Iowans be concerned about disposing of unneeded medicines? A: A growing misuse of prescription pain relievers is on the rise in towns big and small in communities across America. 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 »»

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 »»



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