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Jail for juveniles

December 25, 2013 Underlying the recent publicity concerning the resentencing and parole of Kristina Fetters is new research dealing with brain development that has led the U.S. more »»

Iowa Juvenile Home closing is wrong

December 18, 2013 Proper hearing was not afforded before the Iowa Department of Human Services announced the shutdown of the Iowa Juvenile Home / State Training School for Girls in Toled. more »»

Preserving an Iowa hunting tradition

December 16, 2013 Every fall, Iowa hunters head outside into the crisp weather to enjoy a day of pheasant hunting with friends and famil. more »»

The Failure of Progressivism

December 13, 2013 Investor’s Business Daily in a recent editorial reported that the federal government “has spent $3.7 trillion on welfare in the past five years, with virtually nothing to show for it. more »»

Preparing all kids to succeed in school and life

December 10, 2013 We think of education as the great equalizer, and we count on our schools to give every child a fair shot at success as an adult. more »»

Does the STC School Board really need a PPEL?

December 6, 2013 The school board has decided to call a special election on February 4th to get permission to raise taxes on property owners for the next ten years. They were declined on September 10t. more »»

Iowa Juvenile Home update

December 4, 2013 In my previous column I talked about a meeting between a delegation from Toledo and the governor’s office regarding the Iowa Juvenile Home (IJH). more »»

Newspapers gearing up for an important Black Friday

November 27, 2013 This is shaping up to be one of the most critical holiday shopping seasons in recent memory. Due to a quirk in the calendar, Thanksgiving arrives less than a month before Christmas. more »»

Tama County Community Foundation---Thanksgiving, A Time to Give

November 27, 2013 When I was a little girl, my father would take me to church on Thanksgiving Eve or maybe Thanksgiving morning. He would march me down the aisle and plop us two rows from the pulpit, right in front. more »»

Philanthropy and education go together

November 15, 2013 Today (Nov.15) is National Philanthropy Day, to “recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions…made to our lives, our communities, and our world. more »»

The Nature of Sin

November 3, 2013 According to the United States Uniform Crime Rate Report, crime in the United States accounts for more death, injuries and loss of property then all natural disasters combined. more »»

Apply for new business property tax credit

November 1, 2013 The Iowa Department of Revenue and local governments are rolling out the new Business Property Tax Credit the Legislature approved this year (Senate File 295). more »»

Grassley Q & A: Farm and Food Bill

October 31, 2013 Q: What is the status of the farm and food bill? A: The clock is ticking for the U.S. more »»

My thoughts on the government shutdown

October 16, 2013 One of the things that has become crystal clear to me amidst all of the rhetoric and posturing that is going on over the federal “government shutdown” that began at the beginning of October is that... more »»

Open Letter on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act from Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart

October 11, 2013 The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will transform health care and health care insurance nationwide. more »»

The size (and price) of the toy!

October 8, 2013 The favorite toy of many little (and big) boys is a shiny, new pick-up truck. Pick-up trucks are used for both work and play, by farmers, electricians, carpenters, and weekend warriors. more »»

Setting our students up for success

October 6, 2013 Common sense tells us that students thrive when they’re able to learn in a climate where they feel safe from things like bullying and harassment, allowing them to focus on class and the material... more »»

New affordable health care options

October 4, 2013 Iowa is a national leader when it comes to health insurance coverage for our citizens. We worked successfully in recent years to ensure all Iowa kids can see a doctor when they need to. more »»

A little leeway for Obama and Putin

October 2, 2013 “It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. more »»

MCC ensures workplace readiness with certifications

October 1, 2013 Marshalltown Community College prepares students to take one of two paths: to qualify for a job in today’s workforce, or to further their education by transferring their MCC credits to a university. more »»



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