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Slices of Life - Lessons of motherhood

May 17, 2013 I’ve been on the job for more than 21 years, without a day off for longevity, illness, endurance or good behavior. I’m not complaining. I wouldn’t want a day off. Not a whole day, anyway. more »»

Update from the Capitol - Week 16

May 17, 2013 Week sixteen of the session is done, we have completed the official calendar but we have not adjourned. more »»

Slices of Life - The bond of preschool

May 10, 2013 It was a party 14 years in the making. Attendees included nine moms who met when our kids were in preschool. more »»

Life's lessons from your mother

May 10, 2013 Your mother tried to teach you some valuable lessons. Moms have a unique ability to impart essential wisdom. Unfortunately, most of us were too young to really appreciate their valu. more »»

Update from the Capitol

May 10, 2013 Week fifteen of the session is done, one week to go in the official calendar. We have voted on over 200 bills on the floor of the House. more »»

Q&A on the Keystone XL pipeline

May 10, 2013 Q: Why do you support the Keystone XL Pipeline? A: The crude oil pipeline from Canada to the U.. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Iowa Veterans Home

May 3, 2013 Concerns about the Iowa Veterans House We, the undersigned former employees of the Iowa Veterans Home (IVH), wish to express our deep concern about what is happening there. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Movie premiere in Traer

May 3, 2013 To the Editor, If you haven’t heard, this is to let you know that My Town Pictures will begin sneak preview screenings of the movie “A Place for Heroes” right here in Traer at the Traer Theater on... more »»

Unique rules for budget allow Senate votes on amendments

May 3, 2013 What we saw unfold in the Senate budget vote-a-rama just before the Easter recess is important in evaluating competing claims about the reason for dysfunction in the Senate. more »»

Slices of Life - Outrunning Fear

May 3, 2013 “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Franklin D. Roosevelt I used to be afraid. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Relay for Life & Volunteer Week

April 26, 2013 To the Editor: April 21-27 is National Volunteer Week. more »»

Slices of Life - Advice to my great, great, great (and so on) grandchildren

April 26, 2013 The older I get, the more I realize how much there’s yet to learn. Life lessons are never-ending and have no age limits (thank goodness). more »»

Unique Rules for Budget Allow Senate Votes on Amendments

April 26, 2013 What we saw unfold in the Senate budget vote-a-rama just before the Easter recess is important in evaluating competing claims about the reason for dysfunction in the Senate. more »»

In Iowa's Interest: Carroll Native Outlines Importance of Health Insurance Coverage in Cancer Care

April 26, 2013 In emotional testimony before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee last week, Carroll native Stacy Cook described her experience battling breast cancer and having to pa... more »»

Letter to the Editor: Book donations

April 19, 2013 To the Editor: As the recent donor of nearly two hundred children’s and young adult works of fiction and non-fiction to the Traer Public School libraries, I would like to add a bit of information... more »»

Letter to the Editor: Family farms

April 19, 2013 Dear Editor, Are the days of family recreation on farms numbered? The recreational use liability protection bills, HF 605 and SF 413 are stopped for this session of the Iowa legislature unless the... more »»

Slices of Life - Dirty Little Secrets

April 19, 2013 Dirty little secrets. None of us are completely immune. We all have them – pesky yet irresistible traits or habits or desires we try to hide from everyone except ourselve. more »»

Ensuring more Iowans have access to mental health services

April 19, 2013 The Legislature is continuing its bipartisan efforts to expand access to affordable health care. Your address should not determine the health care available to you. more »»

Traer Pool needs local dollars to get CAT grant

April 19, 2013 How do I begin? The current swimming pool has been tagged as non-compliant with the EPA and handicap accessible entranc. more »»

Slices of Life - A return to the holidays

April 12, 2013 For the last three years I’ve avoided holidays. Not the holidays in December. Every single holiday – all 12 months of the. more »»



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