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Back in the day when “Saturday Night Live” was funny, Chevy Chase would open the “Weekend Update” segment by saying, “I’m Chevy Chase ... and you’re not.”

At first, I thought it must be a typo: A bill in the Iowa Senate moved out of subcommittee last week with the votes of far-right Republican Sen. Jim Carlin and Iowa City progressive Sen. Joe Bolkcom.

The historic election challenge in Iowa’s 2nd District has come to the underwhelming conclusion everyone saw coming.

I saw it as I was driving to work on Thursday last week: a red, shimmering something floating in the air. It grabbed my attention, so I pulled over and took a walk. 

The Iowa Supreme Court chamber is a magnificent venue for the seven justices who referee the thorniest legal questions in our state.

West Virginia is unique among America’s 50 states. At a convention in Wheeling, Virginia, in 1861, delegates from Virginia’s northwest counties, which were loyal to the Union, voted to break away from that state over the issue of slavery and their refusal to be part of the Confederate states.

Many years ago, during a conversation with an old lawyer, he made a comment I still remember: “You can sue the bishop of Boston for bastardy, but that doesn’t mean you are going to collect.”

Bernard Malamud, author of The Natural, is quoted as saying, “We have two lives... the life we learn with and the life we live after that.”

I’m looking forward to Easter this year for so many reasons. Number one is that my oldest son will be visiting. We haven’t seen him in person since November 2019. He is a nurse in Chicago, and he’s spent the last year working in close contact with many COVID-19 patients. My in-laws also will…

National Agriculture Day, March 23, could be a good time to pause and reflect on a farm economy, and more importantly, a food supply system that has been buffeted by everything from unstable supply chains and shortages, weather extremes to retaliatory tariffs and a world-wide health challeng…

If the Iraq War were a person, it would have to register for the draft by now but still wouldn’t be old enough to buy beer or marijuana. This week marks 18 years since the United States started dropping bombs near Baghdad. 

Two different Clinton residents came within moments of losing tens of thousands of dollars in two separate elaborately structured tech support scams last week. 

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My COVID fatigue has me dreaming – quite literally – of warmer days ahead. The melted snow in the parking lot and the warm sun beaming from the blue sky fill my heart with hope that soon the outdoor adventures can begin again. I’ve already taken my bike to the shop for its annual tune-up so …

I never viewed baseball legend Henry Aaron as a civil rights icon. In the late 1950s and 1960s, when Aaron was hitting home runs and chasing fly balls for the Milwaukee Braves, I compared him to Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, Mickey Mantle — other hard-hitting outfielders at the time — not w…

Through the years, the Iowa Legislature has chosen an official state flower and a state bird. There’s also a state tree and even an official rock.

A cord of red oak firewood, fresh cut and green, can weigh over 5,000 pounds. That’s estimating  moisture content at 40-45%. Give it six months to a year to dry under a roof and it will be almost 1,400 pounds lighter.

The Jackson County Regional Health Center will open the doors to their new facility on the south end of Maquoketa in March of this year. The project, a $36.8 million undertaking over the span of five years from planning through construction, will serve as the center for critical healthcare s…

As school started up again earlier this month, I have noticed an increase in engagement of family therapy services with the clients I have seen. Whether this be due to remote learning, working from home, being in the same space with one another for the large part of the past year, or a combi…

On Jan. 21, 2021, Joe Biden was sworn in to be our 46th president. The event made history, for many different reasons. A worldwide pandemic is going on, the Washington, D.C., Capitol was stormed just two weeks beforehand, and the first female vice-president was elected in the United States. 

We have a crisis of credulity in this country. We’ve become a nation of dupes. The inability of far too many Americans to separate fact from fantasy, and the people who are eager to take advantage of that failure, are the root of the rot in our country.

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. 

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…

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. 

  • Updated

My COVID fatigue has me dreaming – quite literally – of warmer days ahead. The melted snow in the parking lot and the warm sun beaming from the blue sky fill my heart with hope that soon the outdoor adventures can begin again. I’ve already taken my bike to the shop for its annual tune-up so …

I never viewed baseball legend Henry Aaron as a civil rights icon. In the late 1950s and 1960s, when Aaron was hitting home runs and chasing fly balls for the Milwaukee Braves, I compared him to Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, Mickey Mantle — other hard-hitting outfielders at the time — not w…

Through the years, the Iowa Legislature has chosen an official state flower and a state bird. There’s also a state tree and even an official rock.

A cord of red oak firewood, fresh cut and green, can weigh over 5,000 pounds. That’s estimating  moisture content at 40-45%. Give it six months to a year to dry under a roof and it will be almost 1,400 pounds lighter.

The Jackson County Regional Health Center will open the doors to their new facility on the south end of Maquoketa in March of this year. The project, a $36.8 million undertaking over the span of five years from planning through construction, will serve as the center for critical healthcare s…

As school started up again earlier this month, I have noticed an increase in engagement of family therapy services with the clients I have seen. Whether this be due to remote learning, working from home, being in the same space with one another for the large part of the past year, or a combi…

On Jan. 21, 2021, Joe Biden was sworn in to be our 46th president. The event made history, for many different reasons. A worldwide pandemic is going on, the Washington, D.C., Capitol was stormed just two weeks beforehand, and the first female vice-president was elected in the United States. 

We have a crisis of credulity in this country. We’ve become a nation of dupes. The inability of far too many Americans to separate fact from fantasy, and the people who are eager to take advantage of that failure, are the root of the rot in our country.

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. 

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…

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). 

  • 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. 

“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…