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I have to be honest, I didn’t get a lot done at work between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. last Monday. Nor did I accomplish a lot here in the office between 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday.Oh sure, my eyes were glued to a computer screen but little, if any, tying was taking place; instead, I intently...
I am the Clerk of Court for Chickasaw County. I have been watching the ongoing discussions at the Statehouse with much concern. Last year, for FY2017, the Judicial Branch was given the same budget that we were given for FY2016.In order to make ends meet, our branch of government had to enact travel...
There are days I can form complete thoughts and thus, complete columns. This is not one of those days.So here’s a few random thoughts to kick off the week.•••••The grocery carts were ready and the competitive juices were certainly flowing last Wednesday as the Tribune and KCZE-FM 95.1 The Bull...
The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was an intellectual giant and a revered defender of the Constitution and the limited role of the judiciary in our Republic. His contributions to the court and to broader judicial philosophy will endure for years.Now, we’ll keep our word to the American...
I have always said that my favorite kind of movie is one that is based on real life events but just recently I have begun to wonder why.I have never been a history buff — I will leave that up to Bob Fenske — I only know of events but rarely look deeper into them.Movies that are now out or were...
As we walked out of Wells Fargo Arena the other night, I turned to my friend and said, “Hey, I can live with this.”The temperature was hovering in the low 40s, and let’s be honest here, when you go to a state tournament of any kind and don’t have to fight a snowstorm, you call that a win.Little did...
With so much turmoil in Washington and around the country these days, it’s easy to get caught up in the crises of the moment.These are, indeed, worth our attention — but so are longer-running developments that threaten the health of our representative democracy. I want to lay them out in one place...
For the past few years, serving in the Legislature, I have done my best to work for common sense solutions.I try to avoid partisan politics and support legislation that makes Iowa (and particularly North Central Iowa) a better place to live, work and raise a family.I am proud of the fact that...
Dear New Hampton superintendent in 2037;I’m writing this letter in February 2017, because with all my bad habits, there’s a chance that even though I’ll only be 71 when you open this envelope, I’ll be “looking up at the grass.”I have no idea if you’re planning on a referendum to place what is now...
As a country, we make a habit of looking forward, not backward.But I’m going to ask you to turn your attention back a few weeks, to Barack Obama’s January 10 farewell address to the American people.I’ve been reading presidential farewell speeches for many years. Most of them give good advice. This...

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