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In the column of “A View from the Hill,” let's talk about museums.  more
It is time for me to bid farewell to so many readers, contributors, and friends – but I can’t believe that it is time to say goodbye. I have resigned from the Missouri Valley Times News, The Dunlap Reporter, and The Mapleton Press. more
The US Navy employs highly trained dolphins in a variety of ways. At King’s Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia and at Naval Base Kitsap near Seattle, marine mammals use their astonishing diving and sonar abilities to help the Navy protect roughly one-quarter of the US nuclear arsenal. From facilitating mine clearance to conducting undersea surveillance, trained marine mammals aid homeland security missions and foreign operations for the US military. more
The largest bill to move out of each chamber this week was HF 2355, the Unemployment Insurance reform bill. There has long been a need to reform Iowa’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund laws in order to balance the need for those terminated through no fault of their own, against the need for the fund to grow during the good times of low unemployment. more
“Wait a minute … wait a minute … I got it!” said Steve, our tall cowboy with the shaving brush moustache. “Here’s what we can do … just listen a minute.” more
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the top two disabilities claimed by veterans are hearing loss and tinnitus. As of 2020, more than 2.3 million veterans received compensation for tinnitus. more
Every year about this time I get the urge to purchase soil, seeds, a trowel and gardening gloves but there is one, actually two, small problems. First, I have a black thumb. more
I walked in the kitchen door. Mom’s gaze immediately fell to my knees. Two jagged holes were framed by dirt-encrusted blue fabric. Twisted, ragged threads drooped sadly around each gash. Mother’s pale-blue eyes quickly lifted to mine. “Are your knees scraped bad?” more
Women represent the fastest-growing population in both military service and the veteran community. More women than ever are stepping up to serve in new, critical, and formidable roles contributing to our nation’s national security. more
The thump of my boots echoed in the cold, dark hallway. A bare bulb high above cast shadows over the old steps, but I didn’t care, because when I got to the bottom of those steps and opened the door, an amazing world appeared. more
It was busy and productive this week at the Capitol with floor debate on many bills occurring in both chambers. Last week we reached our first self-imposed legislative deadline where bills that did not advance out of full committee are no longer eligible for debate (barring any procedural maneuvering). more
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