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Editorials

Audit finds U.S. Department of Defense wasted millions of taxpayer dollars

I can't name a single person who likes having their money wasted. It's even worse if the careless spending of your money is done by someone else particularly the federal government.Every year, Americans dutifully pay their federal taxes. The United States government collects trillions of ...

The Dengler Domain: Music Battle Royale 13

The air is still. The weather is nice. January has passed. Only one more month until the air starts to feel warm again. It is wonderful time of year in February. Winter starts to appear in the rearview mirror, but I hear something off in the distance. It is the faintest of sounds. With each ...

The Dengler Domain: Music Battle Royale 13

The air is still. The weather is nice. January has passed. Only one more month until the air starts to feel warm again. It is wonderful time of year in February. Winter starts to appear in the rearview mirror, but I hear something off in the distance. It is the faintest of sounds. With each ...

Letter to the Editor: Republican Mess

To the Editor:What a bunch of losers Republicans are. They have majorities in both houses and have control of the executive branch, and, still, they cannot govern. Amazingly for once, there was a reasonable bipartisan proposal on DACA, worked out over months in collaborative efforts headed up ...

Slices of Life – The joy of paying attention

Wasted time. We do it all the time. Fritter away a moment, an hour, an entire day.Time is a valuable and limited commodity. Each of us has a limited amount to spend as we choose. And once time is gone, it's gone. There's no going back to five minutes ago to redo or re-experience. Not even for a ...

A Historic Year for the Federal Judiciary

In 2017, the Senate evaluated and confirmed a record number of nominations to the circuit courts. One of the most significant accomplishments in President Donald Trump's first year will serve Americans for decades to come, yet it has received very little fanfare. In the months since taking the ...

The Dengler Domain: Sports Achievements

As a child, I loved to pretend I was in a big moment during a sporting event. It was the last second shot to win the basketball game, the catch to win the football game, or the home run to win it all. Winning the big game was important as a child. This was the best part of the games. It was ...

Q&A: 2017 Report Card

Q: How did your legislative work measure up in the first session of the 115th Congress?A: An independent organization called GovTrack analyzes the legislative workload in Congress each year and releases a report card grading the previous 12 months. As an elected representative for Iowans, I ...

The Dengler Domain: Sports Achievements

As a child, I loved to pretend I was in a big moment during a sporting event. It was the last second shot to win the basketball game, the catch to win the football game, or the home run to win it all. Winning the big game was important as a child. This was the best part of the games. It was ...

The Dengler Domain: Cold

I take back everything I said about winter. The snow is not the worst part about it. Nothing beats feeling terrible, and then waking up the next day and feeling the same. Having a cold during the winter is awful. Being stuck inside all day long without any option to be in warmer weather is not ...