I would like to bring to your attention two concerns of mine:
Our national dialogue is consumed with discussion about health, safety, freedoms, and liberties. There is no doubt Iowans are concerned about these important matters. It is vital to find a balancing act between protecting the public health and ensuring the continuation of civil society.
It’s hard to believe Memorial Day weekend is here. For many people, Memorial Day weekend won’t be the same this year due to COVID-19. Some of the Memorial Day services have been canceled.
The MVAOCOU high school gymnasium was going to be filled with family and friends on Sunday, May 17, as the graduates of Class of 2020 walked in with the band playing pomp and circumstance.
In 2007, I was blessed to be hired by the MVAO school district. They entrusted me to teach their upper level math courses, coach their football and track teams, and guide their weight room program in the summer.
We, the undersigned legislators, support Governor Reynolds’ efforts to open the state of Iowa for business as soon as possible. Iowans cherish their constitutional liberties and look forward to getting back to a sense of normalcy in a timely fashion.
Ever since the COVID-19 outbreak first made its way to Iowa, our families, small businesses, and communities have been impacted in ways no one could have previously imagined. In this era of social distancing and uncertainty, many have lost their jobs, and businesses have had to shut their do…
What is going to happen in the state of Iowa, the U.S., and the world is uncertain as we venture through this COVID-19 Pandemic. We all know how important our health care workers, truck drivers, factory workers, and leaders are right now, but there are many other people who we depend on that…
Agriculture in Iowa is one of the main economic drivers in the state with beef being a significant force in that equation. Animal agriculture employs, directly and indirectly, thousands in our state. During National Ag Week, I think it is a good time to reflect on a few of the impacts that a…
The pace of legislation has slowed as we passed the funnel deadline last week. The focus is now to pass Senate files and send them to the House for their committee system to consider. The next deadline is March 20. By that day, a Senate file must be out of the House committee or House file o…
Week five of the 2020 session is done. There is a quickening of activity as we near Friday’s deadline to get our bills out of committee in order to keep them alive for consideration. I appreciate the input from the district as you write and let me know which bills are important to you.
My second oldest grandson is graduating high school this year, and even though he is not going into an agriculture related, nursing, or education field, it reminds me that it is time for me to let everyone know that Farm Bureau has a scholarship program for those who are pursuing a career in…
Last spring, much of the state was devastated by significant flooding, particularly in southwest Iowa and eastern Iowa. The legislature took action last session and appropriated $15 million for flood relief and an additional $10 million in housing tax credits to help rebuild homes. This year…
The first week of the Iowa Legislature’s 2020 session is complete. Committees are formed, bills are being assigned to subcommittees, and the machine of government is beginning to roll.
The legislative session began on Monday, Jan. 13. I would once again like to thank all of my constituents back home who have allowed me the privilege and honor to serve as their voice in the Iowa House.
I just read John Babl’s wonderful tribute to Vernis and Marlene Phillips. I remember bringing my jewelry to Phillip’s Jewelry for many years during our visits to my parents, Ethel and Iliff Larson, coming from Chicago and Minneapolis. They both always greeted me as a friend, and Vernis, know…
Last week, Mapleton lost a pillar of the community when Vernis Phillips passed. Vernis had been serving the Mapleton area since 1951, when he came to Main Street and opened Phillips’ Jewelry.
It’s time for the farmers to harvest their crops, and that means there is a good chance that when you are out on the roads, you will end up following a combine, a tractor pulling a grain cart or wagon, or even a semi-truck hauling grain.
I write in response to a letter to the editor titled, “Love of Country” (03 Oct 2019). First of all, while I disagree with the content, I offer my appreciation to the author, Ms. A. Masters for her enthusiasm and effort to participate. Ms. Masters gives us food for thought.
Our nation’s educators push math, science, reading and social studies with an emphasis on standardized testing, but are students ready for the real world?
How do you feel about the United States of America? Do you love it? Is it the greatest place in the world? Why are so many trying to get into the United States? Why do some hate our flag or the Pledge of Allegiance? Why is there so much killing? Why are babies aborted and parts of them sold?…
We are cattlemen, parents, grandparents and your neighbors. We nurture our land and our livestock to bring to you, the consumer, the best product, while maintaining a positive impact on our environment.
My son, Dustin, had unforgettable, fiery red hair and a huge, goofy grin. He loved to make people laugh. One summer night shortly after graduating high school, Dustin got a ride with a 19-year-old driver who had alcohol and drugs in her system.
The 2019 session of the 88th General Assembly ended on Saturday, April 27, in the late afternoon. The session ended six days early, saving Iowa taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, and demonstrating once again why Iowa is consistently ranked as one of the best-managed states in the nation.
As nearly 40 percent of Iowa’s energy needs are met by wind energy, communities that host renewable energy projects are generating millions in tax revenue. A fact sheet released recently by the Center for Rural Affairs analyzes how Iowa’s wind energy projects generate these tax payments.
The booming United States economy is benefiting all Americans as job creation soars and wages rise. And it’s giving small businesses the confidence to grow.
When I hear politicians talk about abolishing the Electoral College, it immediately makes me think about the impact on the state of Iowa. It would be devastating. The ripple effects would render Iowans’ voices moot in the general election and bring an end to Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucus…
We’ve moved through week 13 in the Iowa Legislature. After last week’s second funnel deadline, policy committees are done with their work, and we are to final floor debates and budget talks.
We have reached the halfway point of the 2019 session. The first administrative hurdle for bills hoping to stay alive for consideration is this week. If a policy bill is not out of the first chamber’s committee, it is no longer eligible for consideration. This helps us focus on bills that ha…
It always fills me with pride when I talk to people about the Iowa Farm Bureau and the good it does for everyone who lives in this great state of Iowa.
As week four of the 2019 legislative session comes to an end, I can report that the House and Senate have reached agreement on a K-12 education funding package. HSB110, which would reform the judicial nominating process, passed sub-committee; HJR 3, which proposes to amend the Iowa Constitut…
Floor action will begin soon in the Iowa Senate as we finish Week 4. One of the first bills to pass next week will satisfy an annual deadline involving school funding.
We want to thank the community, churches, business, for a very successful adopted Christmas Program at the Mapleton Food Pantry, for the food and money donations given, you all made a great Christmas Holiday for many families.
My oldest grandson is a senior in high school this year and is considering his options for college choices as well as majors. When he told me that he wants to pursue a degree in ag business, I immediately thought of the scholarships that are offered through Farm Bureau.
West Monona sixth grade students wrote notes of gratitude to veterans and gave them to me Veterans Day to pass along. Every note would have plucked the heart of each veteran that read it. Three of them stood out for me.
It’s time for the farmers to harvest their crops and that means there is a good chance that when you are out on the roads, you will end up following a combine, a tractor pulling a grain cart or wagon, or even a semi truck hauling grain.
One of the main economic drivers in Iowa is agriculture. The long-term livelihood of Iowa farmers and the generations that will follow depends on responsible land stewardship, and Iowa farmers have many practices in place to help retain soil, soil nutrients and protect waterways.