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Three days without a hot meal, water, electricity (therefore neither heat nor air conditioning)? How about two days without hot water for a shower or even water to flush the toilet? 

President Herbert Hoover turned 147 last month. Today, Herbert Hoover is often forgotten, or if he is remembered, it is usually in the context of the Great Depression. However, the story of Herbert Hoover is remarkable, and it is symbolic of the spirit of the United States.

Deadly drug use is on the rise in Iowa. If past experience is any indication, it’s unlikely our government officials will prescribe the right remedy.

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The Biden administration is proposing a sweeping expansion of tax information reporting aimed at raising revenue to help offset the cost of additional spending programs in the American Families Plan. If enacted, the proposal would require financial institutions to report to the IRS detailed …

Dating websites and social media all too often are populated by folks wanting to project a more positive image of themselves than exists in reality. The images projected can range from those merely shading the truth (leaving out that you are married) to the bald-faced lie (pretending to be a…

My family made a big move this summer, relocating from Maquoketa to Odense, Denmark, following a job offer and the opportunity to spend a few years traveling and exploring. Some of you have asked that I keep this community updated on our adventures, and the Maquoketa Sentinel-Press has gener…

Turning 65 years old is one of those milestones, those events in our lives which add punctuation and focus. It’s a turning point because turning 65 makes us Medicare eligible. For a great many people, it means they are no longer dependent on employer-furnished medical insurance, making retir…

On a bright, fall, pre-COVID day, there was a knock on my door. Two bicyclists in full brand name biking attire stood on my porch. A couple bicycles possibly worth more than the 2012 Ford Edge that was parked in our garage were arm distance away. 

It was a cold October evening when I decided to end my life. I had arrived at this decision once before, several years prior this, but I had a moment of clarity and called for help before I followed through. I received treatment immediately following, and I went into remission for a few years. 

One of the first lessons I give my students begins by asking them to view this image and consider which jar represents the capacity of their creativity. I encourage you to think about your own answer to that question.

The news out of Afghanistan last week about the terrorist bombing at the airport in Kabul brought fresh heartache — and old memories — to Iowa.

Our (Maquoketa Area Family) YMCA is here today because of the local volunteers and donors who gave so generously to make the Y a reality. Through their efforts, over $4 million was donated, and the City of Maquoketa put in just over $1 million to construct our city-owned YMCA-operated recrea…

We have board fences here at the farm, an act of vanity and, in hindsight, a foolish commitment to eternal upkeep and painting. Jack Dyas is the reason we still have most of the original fence over 30 years after he sawed them from trees grown in his woodlot.

President Joe Biden recently signed an executive order aimed at increasing competition across all sectors of the economy. This is a long time coming and a good first step in addressing a number of long term problems.

Most of you reading this know Calvin Notz, a 2-year-old boy from our community who was diagnosed with E. coli at the end of May. From there, he was diagnosed with Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, or HUS. He was on dialysis and was in the hospital for about eight weeks. 

The man who answered the door at a farm house west of Bloomfield one afternoon in the early 1970s was an imposing figure, even without that thick beard on his chin.

You have to give President Biden credit for consistency. Unfortunately, he has been consistently wrong. As Robert Gates, former defense secretary in the Obama administration once put it, Biden has “been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four…

My husband has a particular admiration for Olympic gymnasts who perform on the balance beam. It stems from his attempt to land on a beam and set in motion the fulcrum principle at our house-remodeling project years ago.

A journalist is arrested and put on trial for doing her job. The governor’s office and state agencies defy the law without consequence by ignoring or refusing requests for public records. A veteran state employee claims she was fired for complying with the law and providing a public record t…

It is hard to imagine Norman Borlaug ever joining in singing “Jolene” or “9 to 5.” I can’t picture him harmonizing in a heart-tugging rendition of “I Will Always Love You.”

A 21-year-old Clinton woman became ensnared by a cleverly reconfigured variation of the ever-popular (and effective) grandparent scam. 

In the eight years-plus that Mary and I have lived in our home in the cul-de-sac at the north end of Arcade Street, we have come to especially enjoy the divided rural-city aspect of the property.

Iowa was the subject of global ridicule 18 months ago when the state Democratic Party badly bungled counting and reporting of the all-important results from the 2020 presidential nominating caucuses. It wasn’t all Iowa Democrats’ fault, though — the caucus itself was the real culprit.

People are living under tremendous amounts of stress whether it is from the pandemic, job loss, family issues or just day to day life.  Using exercising to relax may sound like an oxymoron to many people, but the truth is that exercise is a great way to manage stress. Exercise puts a physica…

This column on the U.S Census Bureau’s American Community Survey originally ran in November 2016. I continue to receive two to three calls monthly from readers suspicious of this survey instrument. So, I guess it’s time for a refresher on the topic. Keep reading for your re-education.

Most American workers are hired “at will”: Employers owe their employees nothing in the relationship except earned wages, and employees are at liberty to quit at their option. As the rule is generally stated, either party may terminate the arrangement at any time for a good or bad reason or …

By any standard, Zaila Avant-garde is a remarkable 14-year-old girl with a positive and compelling outlook on life.

The Declaration of Independence, formally adopted by the Continental Congress in 1776, is a long list of grievances against King George III and the British Empire. A top concern for the early Americans was the flow of people, goods and ideas across borders.

One of the first lessons I give my students begins by asking them to view this image and consider which jar represents the capacity of their creativity. I encourage you to think about your own answer to that question.

The news out of Afghanistan last week about the terrorist bombing at the airport in Kabul brought fresh heartache — and old memories — to Iowa.

Our (Maquoketa Area Family) YMCA is here today because of the local volunteers and donors who gave so generously to make the Y a reality. Through their efforts, over $4 million was donated, and the City of Maquoketa put in just over $1 million to construct our city-owned YMCA-operated recrea…

We have board fences here at the farm, an act of vanity and, in hindsight, a foolish commitment to eternal upkeep and painting. Jack Dyas is the reason we still have most of the original fence over 30 years after he sawed them from trees grown in his woodlot.

President Joe Biden recently signed an executive order aimed at increasing competition across all sectors of the economy. This is a long time coming and a good first step in addressing a number of long term problems.

Most of you reading this know Calvin Notz, a 2-year-old boy from our community who was diagnosed with E. coli at the end of May. From there, he was diagnosed with Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, or HUS. He was on dialysis and was in the hospital for about eight weeks. 

The man who answered the door at a farm house west of Bloomfield one afternoon in the early 1970s was an imposing figure, even without that thick beard on his chin.

You have to give President Biden credit for consistency. Unfortunately, he has been consistently wrong. As Robert Gates, former defense secretary in the Obama administration once put it, Biden has “been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four…

My husband has a particular admiration for Olympic gymnasts who perform on the balance beam. It stems from his attempt to land on a beam and set in motion the fulcrum principle at our house-remodeling project years ago.

A journalist is arrested and put on trial for doing her job. The governor’s office and state agencies defy the law without consequence by ignoring or refusing requests for public records. A veteran state employee claims she was fired for complying with the law and providing a public record t…

It is hard to imagine Norman Borlaug ever joining in singing “Jolene” or “9 to 5.” I can’t picture him harmonizing in a heart-tugging rendition of “I Will Always Love You.”

A 21-year-old Clinton woman became ensnared by a cleverly reconfigured variation of the ever-popular (and effective) grandparent scam. 

In the eight years-plus that Mary and I have lived in our home in the cul-de-sac at the north end of Arcade Street, we have come to especially enjoy the divided rural-city aspect of the property.

Iowa was the subject of global ridicule 18 months ago when the state Democratic Party badly bungled counting and reporting of the all-important results from the 2020 presidential nominating caucuses. It wasn’t all Iowa Democrats’ fault, though — the caucus itself was the real culprit.

People are living under tremendous amounts of stress whether it is from the pandemic, job loss, family issues or just day to day life.  Using exercising to relax may sound like an oxymoron to many people, but the truth is that exercise is a great way to manage stress. Exercise puts a physica…

This column on the U.S Census Bureau’s American Community Survey originally ran in November 2016. I continue to receive two to three calls monthly from readers suspicious of this survey instrument. So, I guess it’s time for a refresher on the topic. Keep reading for your re-education.

Most American workers are hired “at will”: Employers owe their employees nothing in the relationship except earned wages, and employees are at liberty to quit at their option. As the rule is generally stated, either party may terminate the arrangement at any time for a good or bad reason or …

By any standard, Zaila Avant-garde is a remarkable 14-year-old girl with a positive and compelling outlook on life.

The Declaration of Independence, formally adopted by the Continental Congress in 1776, is a long list of grievances against King George III and the British Empire. A top concern for the early Americans was the flow of people, goods and ideas across borders.

I think we can all agree that if there was one lesson to learn from this last year, it would be how to enjoy the little things in life. Lately, I’ve found myself cueing into these moments as they’re happening with such respect for their simplicity.