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From non-profit to for-profit

Editor's note: This was originally published Oct. 21, 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.Cash is king except for hospital patients. A new Harvard University study comparing for-profit to nonprofit hospitals found no difference in how well patients tended to fare between the two types, ...

The Medics

Arkansas Red was a combat med. I was a rifleman. Arkansas Red served in VietnamI served in Korea 1950-51Despite those facts, we have a bond.Both of us try to forget - but moments lie dormant until memories surface to haunt.Medics go into combat without weapons.Infantrymen know that the next ...

Graduating at age 30

College isn't for everyone, and I know this from personal experience. On the other hand, people change, and I also know this from personal experience. I didn't go to college after high school, but I am 100 percent sure that when I was 18 years old, if I had, I would have failed miserably. But ...

Giving thanks during National Police Week

On May 15-21, the Marshalltown Police Department will be celebrating National Police Week. May 15 was National Police Officer Memorial Day. This is an excellent time to reflect upon those law enforcement professionals who have made the ultimate sacrifice and have given their lives in protection ...

WWII monument needs upgrades, improvements

On May 9, I had the opportunity to meet with the directors of Riverside Cemetery.The reason was a World War II monument that is reaching 70 years of age is needing cosmetic restorations. It also need re-landscaped without disturbing any of the veterans' graves. The bushes and tree blocking the ...

Honoring our correctional officers

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan wrote these words:"Correctional officers have the difficult and often dangerous assignment of ensuring the custody, safety and well-being of the over 600,000 inmates in our Nation's prisons and jails. Their position is essential to the day-to-day operations of ...

Reaching Higher!

Editor's note: This is a reprint of an article featured in the April 6 Hola Iowa publication.Education opens many doors, enriches lives and helps to better understand the world around us. There are many young people who dream of getting higher education, but many do not know what comes next ...

Fighting back!

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and it is a good time to focus public attention on the epidemic of sexual violence that plagues our communities. The natural inclination for most of us is to say that these problems occur somewhere else, in much larger communities. This type of thinking ...

Random thoughts

Regardless of which political party you claim to be a member of, the issue of nominating a Supreme Court justice to fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia is yet another example of obstruction by doing nothing. And it has everything to do with politics.I think it is ...

Happenings in Des Moines

Week 10 was marked by debate on bills sent over from the Senate. The Tax Coupling bill, House File 2433, was debated and passed in the House and Senate on Tuesday and now goes to the governor for his signature.Meskwaki Jurisdiction BillOn Tuesday the House debated Senate File 2022, a bill to ...

New initiatives to protect crime victims

Several bipartisan bills moving through the Senate this session will make Iowa communities safer and ensure justice for crime victims. House File 2265 ensures victims of domestic abuse, stalking, harassment and human trafficking don't have to divulge in court proceedings where they live, unless ...

The iPhone — public enemy No. 1?

In this corner: the FBI, which says that all high-tech company Apple cares about is protecting its mega-profits and not the nation's security.And in that corner: Apple, which says the feds will put everyone's privacy in jeopardy if a court forces them to disable password protection on the ...

Paying for low-wage pollution

Economic justice activists are championing laws that shift the costs of toxic poverty wages from communities to corporations.Imagine if a corporation set up shop in your community and immediately dumped toxic sludge in your local waterways and buried radioactive waste next to your biggest ...

The work continues in Des Moines

The House is now focused on debating bills on the House Floor each day as we work through the many bills that have passed committee. Most of these bills are non-controversial, they generate little debate. I ran House File 2265 which made changes to the Safe At Home program on Thursday, which ...

Where are we at the ‘midpoint’ of the legislative session?

As I write this column, we are at the "midpoint" of the 2016 session of the Iowa General Assembly. We are scheduled to adjourn on April 19 as this is supposed to be a 100-day session. Therefore, I want to comment on several issues that are before the legislature: State aid to our schools: The ...

See Marco run

If the young senator from Florida is their savior, Republicans should be very worried.Since his relatively strong third-place showing in Iowa, the ups and downs of Senator Marco Rubio's GOP presidential campaign are getting more attention. And so are the lefts and rights.After the man once ...

Moving toward the funnel

We've finished a full and busy week five of the session. Many bills are moving through the committees as we keep an eye on the Feb. 18 funnel date.BudgetThe Senate Democrats have released their budget targets, spending $70 million more than the state collects in on-going revenue.They did not ...

That ‘controversial’ Doritos comercial

In a day when the most innocuous thing can quickly become political, a Doritos Super Bowl commercial has upset some people who want abortion to be an unrestricted right.For those taking a bathroom break or watching "Downton Abbey" instead of the football game, here's the scenario. A pregnant ...

U of I secrecy not appropriate for public school

The philosophy behind Iowa's public records and public meetings laws is quite simple: Government in Iowa should be open to the people of Iowa except in a few rare instances.After all, this is their government. Government does not belong to government officials or to government agencies.The ...

America’s hollow paradises

People with working-class jobs in U.S. beach towns and ski resorts are getting pushed away by exorbitant housing costs.Think back to your favorite vacation. Wouldn't it be delightful if that trip never ended?Imagine moving to that fantastic destination town, finding a job and a house, and ...