This past week, my parents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary and I stood in front of the greeting card rack for a very long time.

As I go about my work of helping communities revitalize and reinvent themselves, I often get to see the best of America and I'm reminded that the foundations that built this country are still just as important today.

A couple of court cases involving the U.S. government and illegal aliens have garnered a great deal of my attention the last couple weeks. What has come out of those cases is nothing short of incredulous, given the principles this nation was founded upon.

I’ve got a good friend, Ayo, who told me, “Don’t use your head to break a coconut.”

I started The Postscript exactly one year ago. I am more than a little superstitious when it comes to numbers. When I wrote the first draft of my memoir, Blue Yarn, I had an even number of chapters in all three sections. This was probably tidier than necessary, but maybe not terribly unusual…

Spring came late and so, appropriately, did the annual deep cleaning of the refrigerator.

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…

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 …

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…

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…

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