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Laura on Life

ByLaura SnyderWe have two cats that bask in my daughter's adoration. Unfortunately my oldest son is allergic to cats, so they bask outdoors.The cat's dishes are on my back deck in a hopeless attempt to feed the cats my cats and nothing but my cats so help me God.God's other creatures have other ...

Slices of Life

By Jill PertlerFor as long as I can remember, I've been in love with my rhubarb.It's a one-sided relationship, to be sure. If there can be such a thing as a relationship with a garden plant.It may sound counterintuitive, having a soft spot in one's heart for a fruit that can't even be described ...

Dollar Stretchers

Want to live better on the money you already make? Visit to find hundreds of articles to help you stretch your day and your dollar! Copyright 2011 Dollar Stretcher, Inc.Bye Bye BirdiesWhile driving past our local orchard, I noticed something shining throughout the tree branches. It turns out ...

Q. & A. Holding Employers Accountable

BySenator Charles GrassleyQ. How can employers ensure their workers have legal work authorizations?A. Employing immigrants who do not have proper documentation to work in the United States is illegal. And, with a sophisticated, counterfeit document only a computer click away, it's often ...

In Iowa’s Interest: New White House Rural Council

BySenator Tom HarkinIn Iowa's Interest: New White House Rural Council Means Stronger Focus on Initiatives for Rural IowaBuilding a brighter future for our country starts here, at home, in the small and rural communities that are the foundation of America. Without them, we would not be the great ...

Slices of Life

By Jill PertlerForced relaxation. It's an oxymoron of terms, but all too real in our present day culture. Technology has us plugged in, turned on and connected 24/7. The only way we can relax is if we are forced to do so.That's because we value productivity and time-management nearly as much as ...

Q&A: Tax Incentives for Ethanol

BySenator Charles GrassleyQ & A: Keeping Farm Payments Focused on Family FarmsQ. What is the Rural America Preservation Act?A. The Rural America Preservation Act is legislation I've sponsored to help restore the government farm program to its original intent by making sure program ...

Northey Comments on Iowa Crops and Weather Report

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. The report is released weekly from April through October."Although we are concerned about the current conditions near the Missouri ...

Q&A: Debt Ceiling Debate Should Force Fiscal Responsibility

BySenator Charles GrassleyQ. What is the debt ceiling?A. The debt ceiling is a cap set by Congress on the amount of debt the federal government can legally borrow from both the public (such as anyone who buys bonds) and government trust funds (including the Social Security Trust Fund). The ...

Dollar Stretchers

Want to live better on the money you already make? Visit to find hundreds of articles to help you stretch your day and your dollar! Copyright 2011 Dollar Stretcher, Inc.Saving Nail PolishIs your favorite nail polish too thick to use this summer? Add a couple drops of nail polish remover and ...