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“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 the last two years, Harrison County has been hit with substantial property tax increases. The assessor claims it is based on what she feels you can get for your property. Throw out the assessed … 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
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 beyond … 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
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