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What is wrong with this picture? USPS picks winners and losers

September 19, 2012 The newspaper business—both small and large papers—has sounded full-throated opposition this past month about a plan by the U.. more »»

The Farm Bill

September 17, 2012 Unlike the drought-stricken row crops which fell victim to a merciless season of cloudless skies, high temperatures and scorched earth, a bumper-sized crop of crowds turned out across the state this... more »»

Jech named “Friend of Agriculture”

September 14, 2012 Iowa Senate candidate Jane Jech has been designated a ‘Friend of Agriculture’ and endorsed for election to the Iowa Senate by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. more »»

IVCCD: Very good and getting even better through CQI

September 12, 2012 On Aug. 13, I addressed all Iowa Valley Community College District employees at our annual Staff Day event that we hold to “kick off” each new academic year. more »»

Living the Worry Free Life

September 9, 2012 Life is full of challenges. We are faced each day with the challenge of balancing work, family, and personal time. more »»

Drycleaners need your help!

August 30, 2012 The Drycleaning and Laundry Institute is asking you to help its member cleaners “Keep Our Earth Clean and Green. more »»

Being a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention

August 24, 2012 In less than three weeks I’ll be one of 5,556 delegates to the Democratic National Convention arriving in Charlotte North Carolina to cast a ballot to re-nominate President Obama as my party’s... more »»

Keep life in perspective

August 19, 2012 These are uncertain times both economically and politically. Most of the country is experiencing drought. The cost of living continues to escalate. Fuel prices continue to rise. more »»

Running the race with perseverance

August 12, 2012 As we watch the 2012 Olympics we are inspired by the great athleticism of the athletes and their ability to rise above many challenges along their path leading to the Olympic competition. more »»

In support of President Obama

August 3, 2012 Rural Iowans for Obama Steering Committee. more »»

Q & A: Regulatory Reform and Job Creation

July 27, 2012 Q: How significant is the burden of federal regulations on economic activity? A: According to a recent Gallup survey, small-business owners in the United States are most likely to say that complying... more »»

Tapping the ADA generation workforce

July 27, 2012 At a recent field hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee in Cedar Rapids, a new generation of Iowans living with disabilities described their high expectations to... more »»

Fan or follower

July 22, 2012 I recently read an online solicitation from a “church growth specialist” promising that I could double, or triple my churches attendance in as little as 90 days. more »»

Q & A ON: Fast and Furious

July 12, 2012 Q&A: On Fast and Furious With U.S. more »»

In Iowa’s Interest: Exploring Bullying Prevention Policies

June 13, 2012 All children deserve equitable access to a free, public education. Yet, each day, countless students across the country and right here in Iowa are denied that access because they are bullie. more »»

Q&A: On a Budget Framework

June 8, 2012 Q: What is required of Congress in making a budget plan? A: The Congressional Budget Act of 1974 says Congress should annually adopt a budget plan for the upcoming fiscal year and at least the... more »»

Trials and testing

June 3, 2012 I recently attended a funeral of two great saints of God. Each had lived very long lives. One had lived to an age of 100 years and the other to an age of 10. more »»

State funding for community colleges: What does it mean?

May 25, 2012   The legislative session for 2012 has now closed. Not to anyone’s surprise, funding for education was a critical topic of discussion and compromise. more »»

The Truth about Postal Reform

May 19, 2012 Now that US Senate has passed a bill, S 1789, to reform the ailing US Postal Service, critics are trying to disable the bill on its way to the House of Representatives. more »»

Bullying the farm kid

May 16, 2012 It’s a parent’s nightmare; seeing your child bullied for standing up for his lifestyle or what he believe. more »»



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