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Renowned motivational speaker and entrepreneur Jim Rohn said, "There are times when you just lose; no matter what you do, it's that kind of planet."

In 2017, the Iowa Legislature responded to concerns from Gov. Terry Branstad and amended Iowa law to ensure when government employees are forced out of their jobs the reasons must be made public and not shrouded in secrecy.

Iowa’s congressional delegation mustered a goal-line defense for biofuel subsidies as the last holdouts to the House passing a debt ceiling bill that slashes government spending and sets up a showdown with President Joe Biden.

I don't want to sound negative, but have you ever noticed that when you're feeling good about something you're about to do, someone comes along and tries to bring you down with a mean comment? It's almost like they're determined to spoil your excitement and make you doubt yourself.

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If you watch the Iowa Legislature in action, there are some truisms you see time and again. Such as: Each political party is in favor of transparency and accountability — until they gain the majority. Then those politicians see many reasons why transparency and accountability are problematic.

I thought the often-repeated desire to weed out waste, fraud and abuse in government spending was something Republicans, Democrats and independents could agree on in Iowa.

Perhaps no industry is more synonymous with the Hawkeye State than agriculture. From family farms that span generations to the agricultural products that drive Iowa’s economy, over 85% of the state’s land is farmland.

We've all been tempted to point fingers at others for the hurdles we face. Certain actions by people can indeed create stumbling blocks or impose devastating challenges on our path.

Last week was one to savor. But it also was a week to reflect on how far we still need to travel to have true citizen engagement in our state and local governments.

The Iowa Legislature and Governor Kim Reynolds cannot seem to make up their minds whether they support parental rights or are against Mom and Dad being the decision-makers when it comes to their children’s well-being.

What separates average-to-good Iowa towns from thriving ones, former Governor Terry Branstad often said, is the presence of locally owned banks and a dedicated community newspaper.

Expanding government is the name of the game for the Biden administration.

Some members of the Iowa Senate do not think that public notices published in newspapers remain relevant and necessary. A bill filed in the newly formed Technology Committee just over a week ago moved through committee in two days and last week moved through the Ways & Means Committee in…

Some events are so heinous that finding a positive aspect can be challenging. In these situations, the only ray of hope that remains is Justice & Accountability.

A must see movie is “A Man Called Otto” with Tom Hanks, Mariana Trevino and Tom Hanks' son, Truman. Both Ginnie and I read the book, saw the original Swedish movie on Netflix, “A Man Called Ove,” and now the American version. Outstanding! Although Ove's love of Saabs over Volvos plays much b…

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A recent public opinion poll found that three-quarters of Americans want members of Congress to end their bickering and begin compromising more with their colleagues from the other party.

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Sarah Lauer is owner of Sarah's Bridal Gallery and Lillian Grace Boutique in Mt. Pleasant. Sarah's mother, Sue Gray, a well known realtor in Mt. Pleasant, said, “I want to see Sarah on the cover of Vows Magazine.”

Ty Sullivan is running in every city and town in Iowa and writing a poem about each of the 99 counties.Tyler (Ty) Sullivan's handshake is firm. It comes from his high school running coach, Bob Brown. Coach Brown would shake the runner's hand if he or she received a medal. If the handshake wasn't firm, Coach Brown said he or she didn't deserve the medal. At 34, Tyler Sullivan's handshake is firm.

Occasionally I will devote an entire newsletter to one topic. This is such a time, and the issue is school choice. Governor Kim Reynolds and many legislative candidates, including me, made this a central campaign theme last year. It’s time to deliver on those campaign commitments to Iowa families.

The Legislature wrote Iowa’s public records law 55 years ago, and one of the tenets of the statute was the belief people deserve to know how state and local governments spend their tax money.

You could be hurting, and your family could be in trouble. Every day feels like a grind; you can't make it from one day to the next. You may have addictions, people disrespect you, and you have little help. Inflation seems spiraling out of control, and they say world war three is upon us. Th…

It's nine degrees outside with a windchill factor of near death, but you can feel the heat from the lights while standing in the street taking its picture. People in Mt. Pleasant call it the Christmas House. It's on the north side of town, between Walmart and Highway 34, at the intersection of Jewel Ave. and James St. Clearly visible for motorists buzzing by on the four-lane, it's often mistaken for Mt. Pleasant's Festival of Lights, for which the town is noted. But Mt. Pleasant's Festival of Lights is on the south side of town, on the Old Thresher's Grounds.

This is a true story. It was written by Ellen Fenn, a school teacher nearly a century ago, and was carried in the Mt. Pleasant News as well as national and international newspapers. Ellen Fenn is the sister of Chester Mills—one of the men in the story.

When my family migrated to Iowa in 1976, we found the people of Mahaska County to be people of incredible hospitality and welcome. I remember my first day of kindergarten at Oskaloosa’s Grant Elementary that following year – Mrs. Nedra Smith was my kindergarten teacher, and I quickly became friends with other children, several of whom remain good friends to this day. One of my closest friends was Pom Quang – she and her family had resettled in Iowa following the war that displaced thousands of wonderful people from SE Asia.

Elon Musk’s ego and hard-nosed success with risky business investments landed him ownership of Twitter. Now he has to find a way to make the social network a money-flush enterprise.

OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa City Council is close to approving a new agreement with Heartland Humane Society to house stray animals picked up by the city, as well as offering services to those animals.

In 1972, the esteemed political philosopher Dr. Seuss wrote a children's book in which unmitigated umbrage is directed at an implacable pooch in a purple jumpsuit named Marvin K. Mooney.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following was submitted by Iowa Senate candidate Ken Rozenboom in order to correct the record on recent comments quoted by The Oskaloosa Herald.

I try to stay atop the day’s news. But I must have dozed off last week — because I missed the response from Iowa Republican leaders to the Biden administration’s announcement of $1.3 billion in debt relief to 36,000 farmers who have fallen behind on their farm loan payments.

The 2022-23 school year is well underway in the Oskaloosa Community School District. Our administration, staff, and I are pleased with the positive energy students are bringing to class each and every day. We’re off to a wonderful start!

Japanese Dr. Masaru Emoto, who passed away in 2014, wrote a book that became a New York Times best-seller, The Hidden Messages in Water.

Renowned motivational speaker and entrepreneur Jim Rohn said, "There are times when you just lose; no matter what you do, it's that kind of planet."

I don't want to sound negative, but have you ever noticed that when you're feeling good about something you're about to do, someone comes alon…

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