I’ve been known to purchase an occasional lottery ticket when the jackpot has reached exorbitant levels. I’ve said an extra prayer here and there when I’ve fallen short and perhaps needed a bit more forgiveness from the Almighty. I’ve even clamped down and made sure extra money went into our…

This is a terrific time of year in Iowa sports. I had the opportunity to cheer for my local high school team at the Iowa state bowling tournament last week. What I found were parents, student fans, athletes, and coaches all cheering each other on. It brought back a whisper of sportsmanship a…

We recently read in the Manchester Press, about the meeting with Rep. Lee Hein, House District 96 and Senator Dan Zumbach, District 48. I was perplexed by Senator Zumbach’s comments about the media stories concerning bills floating around that we shouldn’t take seriously, as the chances of t…

A week or more ago we were invited to the Manchester Senior Center for lunch. This was open to the public. We went and had such a nice luncheon and visit.

Over a lifetime in politics, I’ve met a lot of interesting, impressive politicians. But those I truly admired were men and women who were adept at the arts both of politics and legislating — a rarer combination of talents than you’d hope for in our representative democracy. They’re a reminde…

By the time you read this, I will be recovering from wrist surgery. It’s nothing serious, just something I acquired from a lousier-than-normal golf swing last summer. For the longest time, I just figured the pain wasn’t from the injury, but rather from getting older. But the pain didn’t go a…

Iowa’s 87th general assembly (2017-18) was a mind-boggling head-spinner. Two examples: 1) we saw a $1.058 billion negative budgetary turnaround yet legislators handed out $611 million as corporate tax breaks and 2) legislators continued to underfund K-12 public schools while trying to increa…

The beginning of a new Congress is an exciting time. There are new faces and fresh opportunities to solve problems on behalf of constituents. The opening of the 116th Congress is particularly exciting for Iowans because it’s the first time in our state’s history that both Iowa senators will …

On the morning of Aug. 31, shortly after 8:30, a 12-year-old boy pulled out a gun in his seventh-grade classroom in Eldridge, a community just north of Davenport.

Backbone State Park is an incredible area resource. On an infrequent visit last summer, I thought of a saying that my dad had, “That smells like the south-end of a gut wagon going north.” I’m referring to a restroom in the park. I think it was in the Flats area of the park. The state should …

Many of you know that I enjoy music. I have a fairly varied taste when it comes to artists and musical styles. This year the best album I’ve heard, bar none is “The Prodigal Son” by Ry Cooder.

We Americans are an impatient bunch. We typically don’t like to wait in line — unless there’s something we truly want, like much-sought-after concert tickets or whatever this year’s Tickle Me Elmo gift was on Black Friday.

The City of Manchester has begun a push for a brand new city (Street Department) shop. The initial cost to the citizens/taxpayers has been floated out and it’s anywhere from $2.8 million to $3.2 million. If one does the math, based upon the article in the Nov. 28 Manchester Press, the total …

Early in 1913 citizens of Manchester began preparing for the summer’s Chautauqua to be held for seven days in July. A well-known Chautauqua bureau, Redpath Vawter, was organizing the Manchester affair. The annual event promised musical acts, lectures and plenty of fun for the kids as well as…

I feel the need to address the city council article on the new city shop. Let me tell you, as long as I’m a resident here, all that will be is talk. This city doesn’t need a new shop. They need to pack Tim Vick up and show him the door. This gentleman, and I use that word loosely, is the big…

I’m pretty honest about one of my favorite guilty pleasure pastimes — podcasts. I love to listen to different ones from around the world to get their thoughts on anything from politics to marketing and even public speaking. It makes any commute go a lot faster and I feel like I am getting a …

I will turn 60 years old in a month. While the thought of leaving my 50s doesn’t bother me, it seems there may be a way for me to avoid turning 60 while still remaining upright and on this side of the sod.

I am a relative new comer to Manchester and believe it is a small town that has its act together. Local merchants keep their store fronts up to date and well maintained. Why do we put up with the eye-sore on South Franklin? That is the thing you see in many small towns in Iowa that are on th…

“It is true that waiting on cranky people in a hurry is about the hardest thing that a girl can do,” Anna Murphy told a reporter in 1909. Murphy, owner of the Hotel Goldstone located at 314 East Fifth Street in Des Moines, admitted she had a difficult time hiring and retaining good waitresse…

Eastern Iowa is served by a committed and highly qualified judicial system. All of its judges are highly qualified persons of integrity who are supported by Eastern Iowa attorneys.

In late summer, my wife, Kathy, and I attended my 50-year high school reunion in Manchester. I did not appreciate it at the time, but my hometown provided a great K-12 education. We also enjoyed diverse amenities, including a swimming pool, a thriving downtown, good parks and, of course, a c…

The retention of judges, often overlooked on our ballots, may be our most important voting right. Judges may play an extremely important role in all of our lives eventually. Assuring quality judges is the responsibility of every voter.

A few weeks ago, I saw a TV advertisement for Rod Blum, where the purpose of the spokeswoman was to scare the voters of first Iowa Congressional District. By making congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and Abby Finkenauer people to fear because they may want Medicare for all, which according to the sp…

As an old Navy Veteran, I believe Democrats will continue to support and fund social programs that have benefited citizens for many years. I spent two years off the coast of Vietnam on two different ships. As a result, I qualified for the G.I. Bill, a social program that entitled me to go to…

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