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Last weekend, Cubans from across the island nation—from Havana to Santiago—took to the streets, rising up against the Communist-run government, as they face the worst economic conditions in decades. While the Cuban people have long-suffered under authoritarian rule, the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated their hardships and further revealed the abject failures of socialism. more
Rough gray columns of every size extended to the sky; cottonwood and boxelder trunks formed the walls on three sides. Patches of stinging nettle (I called them burning weeds) sharply jutted between the trees for added security. The ceiling was a canopy of green and brown, branches that softly swayed in the South Dakota breeze, lighting up the room with moving stripes of sparkling sunlight. For years, small feet pattered the ground there, wearing down the weeds to a floor of soft black earth. We called this space in the woods our play house. more
Not a breath of air stirred that warm South Dakota night as I followed my farmer dad and brothers into the front yard. Through the open kitchen windows, silverware clattered and kettle covers clanked. Mom and the older girls were putting supper on the table. more
“Hey, DeAnn! Come help me. It’ll be fun!” he said. When I was six I idolized my older brother. Seldom did he have to work too hard to persuade me to follow in his adventures, and this was no exception. more
A gut punch to Iowans. That’s the only way to describe the Biden Administration’s decision to roll back the previous administration’s Navigable Water Protection Rule. Sadly, for those of us who have been on the front lines of this fight since 2015, this news is not a surprise. more
“We have to look at your garden before we go, Mabel.” Summer guests at our home loved to see Mom’s garden. It was beautiful. With a little help from the kids and Dad, Mom raised potatoes, beans, peas, carrots, lettuce, radishes, onions and tomatoes. A garden tour unveiled perfectly straight rows of lush vegetation in every color of green, which led the onlookers to the flowers. Tall spires of glads reached for the heavens. more
Twenty thousand years ago a glacier covered eastern South Dakota. On its amazing trek over mountain ranges, it broke off, moved and deposited rocks. The rocks varied in size and shape and mineral content, and much to the dismay of the farmers who came along hundreds of centuries later (and farmers’ children), that glacier left a lot of them. more
I recently wrapped up part one of my 39 County Tour, a promise I made to visit every county in the 4th District at least twice a year. I have learned a lot about the issues that matter most to Iowans in every corner of the district -- from Missouri Valley to New Hampton and everywhere in between. Whether those issues and concerns are related to agriculture, workforce, or spending and inflation, I have prioritized listening and meeting with folks across the 4th District so I can be an effective voice in Washington, D.C. more
Even if you’re paying attention, it’s hard to keep track of all the numbers flying around Washington, D.C. right now. Despite our national debt approaching $30 trillion, President Biden and congressional Democrats are proposing trillions more in taxpayer spending. In fact, on the Friday before Memorial Day, the White House quietly released the president’s $6 trillion budget proposal that would, as the New York Times put it, “push federal spending to its highest sustained levels since World War II.” It’s important to remember that this comes just months after they fast-tracked a nearly $2 trillion “COVID relief” bill without any Republican support. more
In 2020 over 64 million Americans were collecting Social Security. The National Institute for Retirement Security (NIRS)has reported that Social Security is the only income source for 40 percent of retirees over the age of 60.” (Forbes.com) The study also claimed that only 6.8 percent of retirees receive income from the three-legged stool of Social Security, a defined benefit pension and a defined contribution plan. more
Nancy Sinatra boldly proclaimed the purpose of her boots in her song back in 1966, “These Boots Are Made for Walkin.’” A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh stated that when you see someone putting on his Big Boots, you can be pretty sure an adventure is going to happen. more
As America’s mainstream culture continues to devolve from a Christian values based-representative republic to a mob-rule, squeaky-wheel type democracy, the issues get more and more extreme.  Unheard-of-before issues supported by very few rise to the surface, while the vast majority of citizens are shouted down or embarrassed to even talk about them. more
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