January 2020 marked the third anniversary of my launch of Iowa’s Achieving a Better Life Experience plan (IAble), Iowa’s very own ABLE program. IAble helps individuals with disabilities and their families save for qualified expenses while also protecting their eligibility for federal benefit…

I’ll just get this out there right away: my wife Aggie will not like this column. She isn’t one who likes attention on her. But it’s Valentine’s Day and I’m sitting at my computer thinking about her.

Forgive me, but I think some government officials forget they work for the people of Iowa, or maybe they just don’t want the public asking too many questions, especially if those questions could be embarrassing.

The fans of the West Delaware girls’ basketball program had a great treat on Senior Night. The girls played hard with confidence and quiet encouragement from the coaches.

The Supreme Court has ruled that there will not be a hearing on the ACA before the 2020 election. So, Americans will have to wait until after the election to learn its fate. However, one doesn’t need a crystal ball to see into the future. The history of the ACA and past votes of our GOP legi…

Over the past several months I’ve fielded many questions about the use of stem cells (regenerative therapy) to treat “chronic progressive conditions”, “joint pain” and/or “neuropathy.”

At a recent editorial meeting of our newspaper staff, a colleague lamented the fact that the source of a potential story wasn’t getting back to him. He said he felt that the person was “ghosting” him.

I glanced up as the bells rang to herald new customers walking into the used clothing store. I was looking for a pair of warm dress pants. Visiting my parents in Minnesota, I had forgotten entirely about the possibility of extreme cold and the idea of going out that night in tights and a ski…

This is the time of the year when my psyche, after being worn down by the headaches, the hatred and the heartache around us, gets a much-needed pick-me-up from those wonderful news reports of secret Santas, free holiday dinners for the less fortunate, and communities banding together to help…

Ten years ago this month, Sen. Mary Landrieu and I founded the bipartisan Senate Caucus on Foster Youth. We launched this caucus a decade ago to give voice to the thousands of young people in America who deserved a platform to break the silence on the challenges and success stories of foster…

Mark Cady was right at home at the piano and was an occasional singer, too, maybe best known among family and friends for his rendition of “Easter Parade” each New Year’s Eve — a whimsical tidbit that widened the eyes of some people at his funeral last week.

“I like the “edge season” my husband, Peter, said, as we watched the moon rise over the mountains and felt a chill breeze rise with it. As far as I know, Peter invented this expression. He might have meant the “season’s end,” but I like the idea of the “season’s edge” better.

My husband, Peter, and I are spending a month in Spain and we have left our worries behind. As a result, we have had to come up with new, temporary worries to occupy us until we get back home.

For years I’ve lived by the mantra “Sleep is for the weak.” If there is a sporting event, concert, play or any other entertainment option that looks like it shouldn’t be missed, I try not to miss it. It has always made sense to me that a few hours on the road to and from whatever was going o…

My husband, Peter, and I have settled into the little house we are calling home for a month in southern Spain. The house is old and quirky, but I’ve come to believe that all homes are quirky in their own way.

I have been sputtering like an old pickup truck for the past three years over the sometimes outrageous, sometimes ill-informed, and often infuriating comments our president makes each day on his Twitter account.

The next few weeks will be full of opportunities to meet the candidates for local elected offices such as city council and school boards, leading up to the Nov. 5 elections. In addition to questions about city budgets or school policies, voters should ask candidates about what it means to ha…

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