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I was a kid from small-town Iowa when I first laid eyes on the United States Capitol. It was 1962. My family squeezed into our Dodge and drove to our nation’s capital for the vacation of a lifetime. It was all about history. We walked through the White House. We climbed the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and peered up at the statue of the great leader. more
The 89th General Assembly gaveled into session this week. As the Majority Leader of the Iowa House I have the opportunity, along with the Speaker and Minority Leader, to give opening day remarks. Preceding my remarks Minority Leader Prichard gave his opening day comments. Following the comments made by the Minority Leader I felt compelled to respond to his comments directly. more
Although some jobs are down, traffic for pharmacy technician jobs has increased. The increased need for pharmacy technicians was apparent before coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)-related events affected our health care system. And the need for skilled and knowledgeable pharmacy technicians in our workforce remains steady throughout current times. more
Dinner warmed on the back burner of the cook stove. Potato soup left from last night’s supper. And there was fresh bread. Though her husband was late, she waited to eat with him. He would need a hot meal after standing in the cold at the auction sale. Another family selling out and moving away. The hardships of the thirties were still taking their toll even though the Depression was over. more
Through history, the decisions by our presidents to issue pardons and commutations have always been topics of controversy. more
In a previous newsletter I highlighted Public Safety and law enforcement priorities for the coming General Assembly, which began on Monday, Jan. 11. In this week’s newsletter, I will highlight other priorities for the coming session. more
“We don’t want it to go to waste.” Our mother said it. She lived it. She taught it to her family. During our growing up years when we were saving, stretching, repairing, reusing and repurposing, we had no idea that we were using environmentally-friendly practices; the “green” movement had not yet begun. It was simply the way we lived. more
“We don’t want it to go to waste.” Our mother said it. She lived it. She taught it to her family. During our growing up years when we were saving, stretching, repairing, reusing and repurposing, we had no idea that we were using environmentally-friendly practices; the “green” movement had not yet begun. It was simply the way we lived. more
There are some high-minded legal principles written into Iowa laws and rulings by our state’s Supreme Court. But in recent weeks, one of those sound principles has run into a few closed-minded state officials and the closed doors of government. more
When I was sixteen years old, I was invited to speak at a little country church in rural Denver Kentucky, not far from Paintsville. more
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