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Economic stimulus payments authorized by legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by the president on Dec. 27, started direct depositing into banks accounts on December 29. 

Through history, the decisions by our presidents to issue pardons and commutations have always been topics of controversy. 

Last Wednesday, a mob incited by President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol during a joint session of Congress convened to carry out the task of certifying the results of the Nov. 3 general election. The loss of five lives and the desecration to “the people’s house,” our highest institu…

There are some high-minded legal principles written into Iowa laws and rulings by our state’s Supreme Court.

As I sit at my kitchen table writing this, I look up from my keyboard frequently to watch the legions of birds gathering at one of the four feeders my husband keeps filled just outside our sliding glass doors. Against the frosty white backdrop, the cardinals are brilliant, but the blue jays,…

My first real friend was a dog. Next to my parents, she was the only creature on this earth who liked me more than she did herself. Dogs are like that. 

Each year in the greater Maquoketa area, there are two campaigns that provide the majority of the annual funds needed to help vulnerable people in need with emergency assistance and to alleviate food insecurity in this community. The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign will close on Christmas…

For most of us, having faith means being patient, waiting for something good to happen. We have faith that in time our daily lives will eventually return to normal or faith that we can get into our dream college if we just study hard enough. 

I write about imposters in this space in almost every edition. Those imposters take the form of grandchildren, tech support specialists, Social Security agents, IRS agents, and people wanting to award millions in sweepstakes winnings. 

Recently, I headed to Lost Nation to winterize the old Gilroy place. I looked around as I left. The old gal needs a paint job, but that will have to wait until spring, likewise the front porch roof. 

For the past 10 years or so, I’ve written a column about this time listing ways people can give to help brighten Christmas for less fortunate Jackson County area residents.

Many of you reading this probably received a fake check delivered to you. You either recognized outright it was a fake, or when you took it to the bank, they refused to take it, or warned you not to take out the proceeds of the deposit until the check cleared (which it didn’t). 

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My dad was born in 1932, and he grew up listening to programs from the Golden Age of radio, from comedy to suspense to children’s shows. I don’t have many memories of him – from childhood to adulthood – in which a radio program of some sort wasn’t playing in the background. 

The coronavirus pandemic has laid much of the American economy on its back — but a bright spot made the disaster less crippling than it might have been. That is the Paycheck Protection Program, which funneled money to workers through small businesses. 

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It has now been more than two weeks since the American people went to the polls to cast ballots in the General Election, and despite what many conspiracy-minded people believed, the deadly coronavirus pandemic is still with us.

“This year, Iowans validated the direction of our state by expanding the majority in the Iowa House and maintaining the strong majority in the state Senate,” Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Thursday. “… In addition, it was a validation of our balanced response to COVID-19, one that is mindful of…

When the Iowa Legislature wrote the state’s public records law 50 years ago, lawmakers wanted to guarantee that anyone could obtain copies of state and local government records that are not designated by statute to be kept confidential.

My closest friend spent his working life in law enforcement. He handled everything from minor traffic violations to homicides, with assorted robberies, break-ins, vandalism and domestic assaults in between.

Recently, I headed to Lost Nation to winterize the old Gilroy place. I looked around as I left. The old gal needs a paint job, but that will have to wait until spring, likewise the front porch roof. 

For the past 10 years or so, I’ve written a column about this time listing ways people can give to help brighten Christmas for less fortunate Jackson County area residents.

Many of you reading this probably received a fake check delivered to you. You either recognized outright it was a fake, or when you took it to the bank, they refused to take it, or warned you not to take out the proceeds of the deposit until the check cleared (which it didn’t). 

  • Updated

My dad was born in 1932, and he grew up listening to programs from the Golden Age of radio, from comedy to suspense to children’s shows. I don’t have many memories of him – from childhood to adulthood – in which a radio program of some sort wasn’t playing in the background. 

The coronavirus pandemic has laid much of the American economy on its back — but a bright spot made the disaster less crippling than it might have been. That is the Paycheck Protection Program, which funneled money to workers through small businesses. 

  • Updated

It has now been more than two weeks since the American people went to the polls to cast ballots in the General Election, and despite what many conspiracy-minded people believed, the deadly coronavirus pandemic is still with us.

“This year, Iowans validated the direction of our state by expanding the majority in the Iowa House and maintaining the strong majority in the state Senate,” Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Thursday. “… In addition, it was a validation of our balanced response to COVID-19, one that is mindful of…

When the Iowa Legislature wrote the state’s public records law 50 years ago, lawmakers wanted to guarantee that anyone could obtain copies of state and local government records that are not designated by statute to be kept confidential.

My closest friend spent his working life in law enforcement. He handled everything from minor traffic violations to homicides, with assorted robberies, break-ins, vandalism and domestic assaults in between.