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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
What a Shame   It is shameful the way that the Boyer Valley School Board and Superintendent have treated out professional teachers. With all that the teachers do for the kids and the hours … 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
Just one percent of the U.S. population steps up to serve our country in uniform. That’s one percent of Americans that we call upon to sacrifice time away from friends and family to defend our nation from our adversaries. We owe an immeasurable debt of gratitude to these Americans who give so much to protect our great nation and the freedoms we all enjoy. more
There’s no doubt about it: it’s been a long year. Just ask any small business, restaurant, or other employer across our state. Fortunately, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Because of Operation Warp Speed, we now have vaccines; and COVID cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are trending down. In Iowa, folks are ready to return to “normal life,” and for our businesses, that means operating at full capacity. more
Dear Editor: I am an old guy but I can remember: more
An unusual silence hovered over us as we sat at the supper table that night in early May. A warm breeze drifted into the kitchen window, a reminder of the heat of the past week. Heat and wind that brought no rain. Old Man Winter had grudgingly bestowed mere inches of snow to renew the South Dakota prairies. With a farmer’s never-waning faith, Dad and his sons had planted the oats, barley and wheat into dry dirt. Each passing day lessened the chances that the grain would sprout and grow. Would they need to replant? Should they even bother to plant the corn? more
What are your principles and good values as Iowans? What is your history in standing up for the other? In what past disaster, tornado, flood, drought, blizzard events did you reach out to the victims? Did you ask who they voted for? No, you realized you were all in this together, you dug out together. more
I have a mean rooster. more
The Missouri Valley City Council decided on May 4 to provide in person public access to their council meetings beginning with the next meeting, on Tuesday, May 18. more
There was, and still is, something wonderful about having a new baby in the house. more
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