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There are many competing proposals to lowering healthcare costs in Congress. PBMs, middlemen in prescription drug benefits, are inflating prescription costs by gaming a Medicare regulation loophole called DIR fees. However, another topic is equally important: ensuring prescription medicines …

This note will be my final word to those receiving the Sentinel. For 13 years I have been pastor of the United Methodist Church here in Maquoketa. Much has changed during that time. The biggest transition for us is seeing the last of four children graduate from high school and move on to college. 

Iowa is still ranked 49th in humane companion animal laws because the legislature failed to act. There were several bills that could have improved the lives of pets in Iowa. One bill passed the House unanimously. The Senate leader, Jack Whitver, refused to let the bill come up for a vote in …