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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 »»

The iPhone — public enemy No. 1?

March 15, 2016 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. more »»

Paying for low-wage pollution

March 7, 2016 Economic justice activists are championing laws that shift the costs of toxic poverty wages from communities to corporations. more »»

The work continues in Des Moines

March 1, 2016 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. more »»

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

February 23, 2016 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. more »»

See Marco run

February 22, 2016 If the young senator from Florida is their savior, Republicans should be very worried. more »»

Moving toward the funnel

February 16, 2016 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. more »»

That ‘controversial’ Doritos comercial

February 15, 2016 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. more »»

U of I secrecy not appropriate for public school

February 9, 2016 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 instance. more »»

America’s hollow paradises

February 8, 2016 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. more »»

I’m skipping the Oscars

February 2, 2016 For two years in a row, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences — the organization behind the Oscars — failed to nominate a single actor or actress of color in the lead and supporting actin... more »»

The times they are a changin’

January 31, 2016 On Sept. 8, 2015 the voters of Marshalltown made a bold and strong statement that they were not satisfied with the status quo and wanted change in the Marshalltown school district. more »»



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