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Editorials

Slices of Life – The day of Doug

He bounded into the yard Saturday morning around 10:00 - unannounced and uninvited - with an enthusiasm usually reserved for squirrels. He was off-putting at first, in part because of his exuberance and in part because of his mouth. It had teeth and a tongue and when it comes to unknown dogs, ...

Helping Iowans break through bureaucratic inertia

During the recent two-week break in the congressional calendar, I continued my 2014 road trip across Iowa in April, visiting with Iowans in schools and on-the-job in their hometown communities. For the last 34 years, I have held meetings with Iowans in every county, every year.Keeping in touch ...

Quality of Life Investments Boost Economy, Middle Class

Iowa's great quality of life is bolstered by a variety of arts, culture and recreation. These opportunities make daily life more enjoyable-and they're good for our economy."They create jobs, attract investments, generate tax revenues, and stimulate local economies through tourism and consumer ...

Letter to the Editor: I support Rod Blum

Dear Editor,I recently had the pleasure of meeting and talking with U.S. Congress Candidate Rod Blum.As a business owner, I can appreciate Mr. Blum's understanding of the tax and regulatory burdens that our government has placed on both large and small business owners such as farmers, store ...

Letter to the Editor: John Kerry

Dear Editor,Is it possible that his Secretary of State John Kerry is the same John Kerry who became a hero to the North Vietnamese in the Viet Nam War by being a traitor to the United States and now calls young Edward Snowden a traitor ?Is this the same John Kerry who claimed before Congress ...

The Braley Brief: Sticking up for our Seniors

Iowa has a larger proportion of seniors than nearly any other state in the nation-and for generations they've been improving our state in ways big and small. Unfortunately, our seniors-citizens that have worked hard in our fields and factories, started businesses, and been the lynchpin of our ...

Slices of Life – Half-empty nesters

Fledgling birds know instinctively when it is time to leave the nest. Thing is, for them there is no going back. Bird nests are high up in trees, making it impossible for baby birds to hop back up. Once they jump out, they are on the ground and must learn to find food, fly, get up early and ...

Q&A on Memorial Day

Q: How long has the U.S. observed Memorial Day?A: Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is one of Americans' reverent traditions of remembrance for those who have died in service to their country since the American Civil War. In local cemeteries across Iowa, hometown heroes for ...

The Braley Brief: Sticking up for our Seniors

Iowa has a larger proportion of seniors than nearly any other state in the nation-and for generations they've been improving our state in ways big and small. Unfortunately, our seniors-citizens that have worked hard in our fields and factories, started businesses, and been the lynchpin of our ...

Slices of Life – Half-empty nesters

Fledgling birds know instinctively when it is time to leave the nest. Thing is, for them there is no going back. Bird nests are high up in trees, making it impossible for baby birds to hop back up. Once they jump out, they are on the ground and must learn to find food, fly, get up early and ...