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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 »»

At work and at home

April 12, 2013 It’s been a busy session with lots happening at the Capitol and at home. Pocket survived a trip to Florida with her band mates. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Response to the school lunch responses!

April 5, 2013 Dear Editor, It’s encouraging to hear the number of people who’ve said my letter about waste and hypocrisy in school food programs stirred up a fire storm – both positive and negativ. more »»

Slices of Life - Cyberspace swaps symbols for words: #trending

April 5, 2013 ‘At’ – the two-letter combination originates from humble beginnings as a simple word that required a quick couple hits to the computer keyboard. more »»

Not running for Congress

April 5, 2013 I want to thank all my family members, neighbors, friends and other Iowans who have reached out to me with their encouragement to enter the race for Iowa’s open U.S. House seat in District . more »»

Sticking to Principles

April 5, 2013 As a state legislator, I have thought long and hard about what it means to stick to ones principles. more »»

In Iowa's Interest: Bolstering the Middle Class is the Path to a Sustainable Future

March 29, 2013 Over the last year, I have held a series of hearings focusing on the crisis of the middle class. more »»

Slices of Life - Death of the dishwasher

March 29, 2013 We’ve had an on-again, off-again relationship for more than a decade. I guess if I’m going to come clean, I shoulder most of the responsibility for the spotty patche. more »»

Health care and Iowa's small businesses

March 29, 2013 Iowa small businesses want to provide good health care benefits to attract and retain the best workers, but they often find it financially difficult or impossible. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Want to be in a movie?

March 22, 2013 Dear Editor, If any adults in the area are interested in being an extra in the filming of an upcoming movie “After Life” written and directed by Scott Thompson, please contact Cecilia Podhajsky,... more »»

Community Foundations supports Early Childhood Initiatives

March 22, 2013 What could be more important than caring for the lives of young children? The Tama County Community Foundation (TCCF), an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, does exactly that a... more »»

Slices of Life - God versus zombies

March 22, 2013 We live in a strange and crazy world. But I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. Sometimes though, the overall irony shoots right over the top. Zombies are a hot commodity. more »»



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