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Voters have busy lives — families to care for, jobs demanding their attention, bills to worry about.  So, they can be forgiven if they do not closely track their government … more
Editor's note: This piece first  appeared  in the Washington Examiner. Eight years ago this week, Iowans Michelle and Scott Root woke up to every parent’s worst nightmare: Their … more
There it was! —the loose white thread in the corner. A “rrriiipp” resounded through the garage as I tugged the string. Just like that, the fifty-pound bag of chicken feed gaped … more
I recently rewatched one of my favorite movies and was reminded just exactly why this movie is in my top 10. My favorite release of 2022, “She Said,” gave power back to women, such as … more
Can we have a campaign that is dignified, kind and truthful? Not nasty, hateful and gross? Can we have a friendly, decent campaign? We can if we try. After the election can we give a little … more
The wind whispered outside the kitchen window as it carved a new signature into the gentle peaks next to the house. Tomorrow would mean shoveling out in the farm yard, but tonight we were safe and … more
These days, with political campaigns that seem to go on forever, Iowans may not recognize the significance of what occurred at polling places across the state on Nov. 5, 1968. Voters approved an … more
For many people, movies are not exactly something that they enjoy. I come across many people that enjoy watching documentaries. So for this week, I wanted to talk about my favorite documentary … more
Sports Illustrated is on life support Just a few years after Authentic Brands Group purchased Sports Illustrated for $110 million, the legendary publication is effectively on life support after … more
To begin this newsletter, I want to express my gratitude and appreciation to the constituents of House District 15 for trusting me to be your voice at the Statehouse. It is truly an honor and … more
Last Monday more than a hundred thousand Iowans participated in their precinct caucuses and made their voice heard in the first contest of the presidential nominating process. It will be nice to get … more
The City of Pisgah was recently awarded a $22,500 USDA Rural Development (RD) Community Facilities grant to complete a wastewater system plan, a first step to ensure the long-term health and safety … more
Imagine one of your coworkers skips out—for days—and nobody, not even the boss, notices. Sounds pretty farfetched, since the workplaces I’ve visited across Iowa are pretty … more
“ Winter storm warning…windchill advisory…winds up to 45 mph…” My weather radio drones on with foreboding forecasts of the arctic blast to come. Growing up on … more
This week, we witnessed Americans from tiny towns and big cities come together on the National Mall in celebration of the gift we all share – life. During this year’s March for Life, … more
“ Ha! Ha! I laugh at danger!” Ralph, fearless explorer, sets out for the one place he’s never been before—the North Pole. In this delightful children’s book, “ … more
The increasing secrecy by Iowa law enforcement and their lawyers about identifying people by name raises important questions underlying public confidence in the critical work of first-responders. The … more
Iowa lawmakers are gathering once again in Des Moines for another year of debating and passing legislation. The democratic process is something America prides itself on and one that requires … more
The curse didn’t touch this movie. A new addition to the A24 list, “The Iron Claw,” is also a new addition to my five-star movie list. I have only given 35 of my 2,323 watched … more
I was flabbergasted at a recent post on social media that listed words that have fallen out of use over time. This awakened childhood memories. Yessirree, Bob! Dad often made it clear that we never … more
Where? Anywhere that celebrates that Jesus’ resurrection rescues us from sin and believes God is powerfully working today. Since people are flawed, every church congregation has problems. … more
The first horror release of 2024 is here. Hitting theaters Jan. 5, Bryce McGuire’s “Night Swim” rang in the new year with a jump scare. With producers Jason Blum and James Wan, this … more
Missouri Valley Big Reds family, the school district needs your help!  I am writing with deep concern about Governor's Reynolds ' Condition of the State address where she has laid out her … more
Last Thursday, something we’ve watched happen far too often in this country happened in Perry, Iowa. When I say “watched,” I mean it. I’m guilty of it, too. After each … more
“ A new year is like a blank book, it has 12 chapters and 365 pages, and you are the author. My wish for you is that this year you write the most beautiful story possible for yourself.” … more
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