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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 »»

Touring Camp Dodge

September 27, 2013 On Saturday, Sept. 7, my colleagues and I had the chance to spend a day at Camp Dodge, our Iowa Army National Guard base in Johnston. This was my first visit to Camp Dodge. more »»

10 ways Iowa got safer in 2013

September 21, 2013 Iowa is a pretty safe place. We rank among the 10 most peaceful states in America in the 2012 U.S. Peace Index report, which looks at homicide, violent crime, policing and prison rates. more »»

Is It Possible Al Qaeda (Not Assad) Used Chemical Weapons?

September 11, 2013 Washington says it has proof that Syria used sarin gas on its own people in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta and that only the regime could have been responsible. more »»

Tackling Iowa’s need for more skilled workers

September 4, 2013 Iowa remains one of the most affordable places to live and do business, and that success is reflected in one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. more »»

A renewed call for a federal marriage amendment

August 25, 2013 The United States Supreme Court heard arguments dealing with the issue of the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8, which was a defense of... more »»



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