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Editorials

District 53 newsletter from Rep. Dean Fisher

Week two of the session is done, this is the week when we begin our work on bills in earnest. I’ve chaired a few subcommittee’s this week for bill’s assigned to me by the Public Safety Committee chair, and served as a member of several others. I’m also working on writing and filing ...

Slices of Life: Never have I ever

I started this column thinking I might write about some of the things I’ve never yet done, like take an Alaskan cruise, drink ouzo in Greece, taste French bread in France or parent a dachshund. But I missed out on the most important never ever of all: Never, have I ever… played ...

Legislative news from Rep. Fisher

The 2024 Legislative session began on Jan. 8, and as always, the first week was filled with speeches and all the ceremony that surrounds them. Of course, the highlight of those speeches is always the Governor’s Condition of the State address that was delivered by Gov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday ...

New Tama-Toledo Christian School

Our children’s education is one of the most important and most sacred responsibilities of parents. Parents have the largest impact on their child’s education and parent involvement is one of the most significant indicators of a child’s success in school (Mapp, Carver, & Lander, 2017). ...

Ways to engage at the 2024 Iowa Republican Caucus

Dear Tama County Voters, As Iowans, we have a unique opportunity to impact policy that governs our lives. The Iowa Caucuses will be held January 15, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. At the caucuses, there are many ways to make a difference. In Tama County, we will gather with our neighbors at precinct ...

Iowa Caucuses Count

I strongly suggest that all Iowans consider participating in the upcoming Iowa Caucuses on Monday, January 15, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. Both Democrats and Republicans “caucus” separately in their local precincts to perform basic party functions. Although the 2024 Democratic caucuses have not ...

Harnessing the power of the wind in Iowa

The expansion of wind generation has been, and continues to be, a boon for rural development. Wind energy is one of the fastest-growing sources of electricity across the nation. Several Midwest states, including Iowa, are leading the charge in its development, according to recent reports from ...

The fight for clean water in the land of CAFOs

I live in Northwest Missouri…land of corn and beans, and if the corporate agriculture groups have any say in it, the land of CAFOS. Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are large, mostly corporate farms that house at least 1,000 confined or stabled animals. Since 2019, when the ...

Slices of Life: A new pair of shoes

A new pair of shoes I love my wardrobe. Heck, I love clothes. A lot. But for years (for decades, people) I put that all on the back burner. I was due to the kids. It’s always due to the kids, isn’t it? They always bear the brunt of our angst. We sacrifice for them. Gladly. Because that ...

Slices of Life: Being invited

For much of my life, I’ve been the inviter. I enjoyed planning and inviting people to those plans. But in the last few years I haven’t invited much of anyone anywhere. I didn’t have the heart for it. I lacked momentum and (to be honest) felt broken so I took on a rather new role. I ...