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Yes, I’m that guy behind the sign

One of my favorite community endeavors is presenting to students in Marshalltown schools through the Junior Achievement program. They love when community members visit the classrooms to break up their day, and they have all sorts of interesting questions. I introduce myself then wait for the ...

GOP has zero interest in bipartisanship

It took Barack Obama four years to figure it out. The 44th president was into his second term before some psychic switch seemed to click and he finally realized what had long been obvious to everyone else. Namely, that the Republican Party had zero interest in bipartisanship and, for that ...

The quest to destroy work

This week, after spending time vacationing in the disease-ridden hellscape known as Florida, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., came down with COVID-19. It was a tragic blow to the irrepressible Instagram star, who was forced to quarantine. But then, like an extraordinarily inaniloquent ...

Mt. Pleasant’s musician master, Dr. Joel Brown

On a table in front of Dr. Joel Brown’s picture window is a large Nativity Set with maybe 25 pieces. (This is in the middle of January.) He explains, “One of the Wise Men lost his head.” (The head is lying beside the figure.) “He’s been that way a long time.” I ask, “Can’t you ...

We are not the enemy!

Last Monday morning, Senate President Jake Chapman opened his welcome speech to the Iowa Senate by stating that “One doesn’t have to look far to see the sinister agenda occurring right before our eyes. The attack on our children is no longer hidden. Those who wish to normalize sexually ...

Fill it up!

Fill it up…fill it up to the brim and let it overflow. Similar to being a bucket filler, it’s called Filling the Emotional Cup. Like your car tank running on “E”, your child’s emotional cup can run a little low at times. And let’s face it…as adults, we know the feeling all too ...