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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
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
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
Like many Iowans, my thoughts have been rather chaotic since the horrible news from Perry High School last week. The events were so sad and senseless. A 17-year-old student was dead, having shot … more
Generation Z has given the new year a new name — 2024 (for) the plot. Emphasizing their acts toward creating a chaotic and unforgettable year. I can get behind the name, but for different … more
“ Hey, Buddy, what do you say?” My heart smiles every time I hear this or a similar phrase from a parent who is teaching his or her child good manners. My siblings and I may have … more
We Iowans apparently have been kidding ourselves. Somehow, as we focus on taxes, water quality and allegations of big-government overreach, as we wrestle with immigration, inflation, drug abuse, … more
2023 marked 100 years since the Iowa Legislature created the position of Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. In that time, fifteen different Iowans have had the opportunity to lead the talented team at … more
Netflix’s recent release, “Leave the World Behind,” has divided movie buffs across the world. From its title scene to the question-filled ending, Sam Esmail’s new film has … more
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