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Editorials

The year of uncertainty

The term “uncertainty” has dominated the economy in 2010 as the recovery from the “Great Recession” continues to be slow. Unemployment remains at 9.6 percent, and economic growth is currently too slow to create the needed jobs to reverse unemployment. Federal spending continues to grow ...

Give the gift of education

If you are like me, you are spending a lot of time right now thinking about gifts—deciding who is on your list, what they might want or need, and how much money to spend. You might also be considering the kinds of gifts that you would like to receive. At Marshalltown Community College we are ...

Four more years of service to Iowans

It is hard to believe that my first term as Iowa Secretary of Agriculture is coming to an end, but I am very gratified by the support of the voters and looking forward to continuing to serve the people of Iowa as your Secretary of Agriculture. During my first campaign I ran on a platform that ...

Pearl Harbor Raid, 7 December 1941

The 7 December 1941 Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor was one of the great defining moments in history. A single carefully-planned and well-executed stroke removed the United States Navy’s battleship force as a possible threat to the Japanese Empire’s southward expansion. America, unprepared ...

High school students address food deserts

Students at Cody-Kilgore wanted to start a student-run, community-owned grocery store. Their rural Nebraska town (population 149) lost their store and residents were forced to travel 70 miles round trip for groceries. Several teachers contacted the Center for Rural Affairs, and the idea grew ...

Happy Birthday, Peace Corps On International Volunteer Day, December 5

Dear Peace Corps -- It’s been 50 years since the idea of you was born during a speech by JFK at the University of Michigan.  It’s been a wonderful life – and now is the time to see how you’re faring. Many people celebrating your birthday have focused on what you have and haven’t ...

Vision and Anointing

Why is it that some churches seem to be growing and thriving and others are declining and on the brink of closure? Why is it that some Christians seem to be excited about living the Christian life while others seem ambivalent in their relationship with the Lord and disinterested in their life ...

The Year of Uncertainty

The term “uncertainty” has dominated the economy in 2010 as the recovery from the “Great Recession” continues to be slow. Unemployment remains at 9.6 percent, and economic growth is currently too slow to create the needed jobs to reverse unemployment. Federal spending continues to grow ...

Holding the Pentagon accountable

Q. What type of misconduct have you uncovered at the Defense Department? A. I first began conducting oversight at the Defense Department when I found the Pentagon throwing ridiculous amounts of money around to pay for things like a $435 hammer, $659 ash trays in Air Force Planes and $750 ...

Continuing progress on job creation and other Iowa priorities

I want to thank Iowans who participated in the 2010 elections. We had a large turnout at the polls, which makes for a strong democracy. Voters clearly voiced their discontent with the lingering national recession. That’s the message I’ll be taking to the Iowa Statehouse when I return for ...