• Ty's Take:How real life can be a comic book

    I’m a nerd and I’m very proud of this fact.One of my favorite parts of “living la vida nerdco” is be ...
    April 9, 2014 - 12:18 pm
  • A lesson learned

    I’m not a fan of trying to pull pranks on April Fool’s Day. For one thing, the world acts like that’s the only day you’re allowed to pull a prank, so ...
    April 9, 2014 - 12:18 pm
  • Tax Day turns 100

    Taxpayers are familiar with the annual drill.  Keeping records, gathering receipts, filling out forms, figuring out changes in tax rules.  Right aroun ...
    April 8, 2014 - 11:31 am
  • Visiting Dixon, Ill.

    Dixon, Ill., is the boyhood home of Ronald Reagan, and Lost Lake Radio. I’m sure you’ve heard of RR, but maybe not LLR. 
    April 7, 2014 - 11:58 am
  • Medical cannabis for those in need

    Interesting that one of my last votes in the Iowa Senate would be to legalize medical cannabis oil for mostly children with a variety of medical probl ...
    April 7, 2014 - 11:58 am
  • Time to fix government

    In 1965, the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, Wilbur Mills, brought legislation establishing Medicare and Medicaid to the floor of t ...
    April 4, 2014 - 11:13 am
  • Legislature closer to adjournment

    We moved a few steps closer to adjournment this week when we passed three of the eleven budget bills we need to finish this year.  It’s a step in the ...
    April 4, 2014 - 11:14 am
  • Don't pull the plug: Wind energy empowers America

    Momentum is building to extend expired tax provisions that lapsed Dec. 31. Of the 55 expired tax bre ...
    April 3, 2014 - 11:12 am
  • Diary of a caffeine addict

    I simply don’t understand how anyone past the age of 10 functions in the morning without the aide of caffeine. I really don’t, I can’t fathom going an ...
    April 2, 2014 - 11:47 am
  • Protecting Iowa’s elderly

    This past week the Iowa House of Representatives amended and passed Senate File 2239 which creates a new code section dealing with topic of Elder Abus ...
    April 1, 2014 - 11:15 am
  • Wind energy empowers America

    Momentum is building to extend expired tax provisions that lapsed Dec. 31.  Of the 55 expired tax breaks on the table, wind energy incentives are amon ...
    April 1, 2014 - 11:14 am
  • Branson

    A fellow from Donnellson called. He was turning 65 and needed insurance. Problem was, he was in Branson, Mo., and wouldn’t be back to Iowa before summ ...
    March 31, 2014 - 5:42 pm
  • Emerald ash borer was only a matter of time

    It was inevitable, only a matter of time. I must admit I didn’t expect the insect so soon in Jasper County. And, the odds are that several, if not man ...
    March 31, 2014 - 5:03 pm
  • She is the Simon to my Garfunkel

    My wife makes more money than I do. No, really. She does. My wife, Christine, makes more money than I do now. At work she got a huge promotion. I am a ...
    March 28, 2014 - 10:52 am
  • Progress at Capitol to ensure speedway's future success

    Major progress was made at the Capitol this week to help ensure the future success of the Iowa Speedway. I helped pass Senate File 2341with a solid ma ...
    March 31, 2014 - 4:57 pm
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