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Why I’m supporting Hillary Clinton

October 23, 2016 In the United States today, 46 million Americans call our rural communities hom. more »»

Choosing optimism over cynicism

October 16, 2016 I’ve always considered myself a happy person—not the kind of woman who claps with giddy delight over her breakfast waffles, but the kind of woman who makes regular use of her grin. more »»

Stand up for the arts in school

September 18, 2016 As students begin their school years and we approach the fall, it is important for us to remember the impact of education in our homes, schools, and communities. more »»

Do not shortchange public education

September 9, 2016 I was talking with my mother recently about the start of the school year. She’s a seventh grade teacher up in northwest Iowa in Estherville. I’m a medical student at the University of Iow. more »»

‘It’s pretty rough’

August 28, 2016 Homeless veterans in Iowa and parts of northwest Illinois are missing services available to help them because many do not know about the services, which include financial and housing assistance, or... more »»

Community development philanthropy

July 13, 2016 We live and work in an age where there seems to be too few resources, but what if we had over $1 million a year to use for community development? Public parks, little league diamonds and other publi... more »»

Be prepared to migrate

July 12, 2016 Iowa as a state, plus numerous other states, owe their existence to Thomas Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase. more »»

Enough is enough

July 7, 2016 I am amused when those of higher intellect feel they know what is best for the “common people” in society. more »»

Annual Marshall County tax sale

June 11, 2016 In today’s edition of the Times-Republican you will find the public notice of the Marshall County Tax Sale to be held Monday, June 20. Iowa Code section 44. more »»

Combining economic development and philanthropy

June 8, 2016 Combining the tools of economic development and community-based philanthropy can be a great benefit for the local area in enhancing community life. more »»

From non-profit to for-profit

June 5, 2016 Editor’s note: This was originally published Oct. 21, 2014 by U.S. News & World Report. Cash is king – except for hospital patients. more »»

The Medics

May 29, 2016 Arkansas Red was a combat med. I was a rifleman. Arkansas Red served in Vietnam I served in Korea 1950-51 Despite those facts, we have a bon. more »»

Graduating at age 30

May 22, 2016 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. more »»

Giving thanks during National Police Week

May 17, 2016 On May 15-21, the Marshalltown Police Department will be celebrating National Police Week. May 15 was National Police Officer Memorial Day. more »»

WWII monument needs upgrades, improvements

May 17, 2016 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. more »»

Honoring our correctional officers

May 8, 2016 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 inmate... more »»

Reaching Higher!

April 17, 2016 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. more »»

Fighting back!

April 10, 2016 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. more »»

Random thoughts

March 22, 2016 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 exampl... more »»

Happenings in Des Moines

March 21, 2016 Week 10 was marked by debate on bills sent over from the Senat. more »»

New initiatives to protect crime victims

March 21, 2016 Several bipartisan bills moving through the Senate this session will make Iowa communities safer and ensure justice for crime victims. more »»



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