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All quiet on the Iranian front

November 9, 2012 Editor’s Note:Dennis Lamb retired from the CIA?in 2002 after serving 30 years in its Directorate of Operations as a Case Officer and as an Intelligence Analyst. He is a native of Chelsea. more »»


November 7, 2012 With the theme of one of the political campaigns being “forward,” it is indeed time that we move beyond the political rancor of the campaign and move forward to solve this nations problems. more »»

Lessons learned

October 24, 2012 Editor's Note; Dennis Lamb retired from the CIA in 2002 after serving 30 years in its Directorate of Operations as a Case Officer and as an Intelligence Analyst. He is a native of rural Chelsea. more »»

VOTE?NOW! -For Tama County entries

September 28, 2012 Voting in the Dream Big Grow Here Cedar Valley grant contest is now underway. more »»

Community minded

September 27, 2012 After nine months in office as your mayor, I would like to give credit where credit is due. more »»

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 »»



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