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Thich Nhat Hanh, a humble but deeply powerful Buddhist monk from Vietnam, died on Saturday at 95. Most people in the U.S. will never have heard of him.

It was only a matter of time before Ron DeSantis’ rising star ran into the unmovable object of Donald Trump’s will to continue to dominate the GOP.


While the second week of the legislative session was shortened due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we started holding subcommittee meetings in the Iowa Senate utilizing a hybrid model that allows for in person and Zoom participation. As I mentioned in my newsletter last week, I am glad that w…

As the local blood provider for 126 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin, ImpactLife has been reaching out to local media about blood providers’ concern over the state of the blood supply both nationally and within its service region.


Jan. 10 started the first week of the Iowa Legislative Assembly that is set to last 100 days. The first week involves organization of the session and features speeches by Governor Kim Reynolds, Chief Justice Suzy Christensen, Major General Ben Corell of the Iowa National Guard and other legi…

Gov. Kim Reynolds hardly mentioned the names of President Joe Biden or Democrats in Washington as she delivered her Condition of the State address Tuesday.


This week marks the first week of the 89th General Assembly. I am very excited to be back at the Capitol and back to work for the people of Iowa. Procedures have for the most part went back to how they were before the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the pandemic, we have seen job losses that reached 20 million or more. Our economy was shut down and crippled, and I often thought about what the answer would be to address the issues we were facing. Billions of dollars were thrown at the problem and it helped a bit, but there are still millions of people leaving the workforce and others who have not re-entered.


This week marks the anniversary of an unprecedented attack on democracy in the United States. January 6th of last year is the day a violent mob stormed the U.S. Capitol to try to stop certification of the people’s vote for the highest office in the land. 

“Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.” Proverbs 6:6

For years, those who are not of a certain class, status, or income group may have felt there are two different Americas when it comes to the financial and justice system.

It’s not unusual for people to do silly things to raise money – either for themselves or for good causes. A longtime game show requires contestants to wear crazy costumes, and sports fans sometimes compete in goofy games as entertainment during halftime. And at schools, educators have had th…

Here in Lockport, New York, as in much of the U.S., the rituals of Christmas are celebrated in very specific ways. We decorate our homes with lights and our lawns with illuminated Santas. Children write letters to the North Pole. And on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day people gather together …


When we think about seasonal holiday trends in business this time of year, we would usually be thinking about retail operations with the surge in holiday shopping. However, the investment world has its own seasonal experience this time of year: capital gains distributions from mutual funds. …


Construction of the Considine’s Christmas of the Past Center has been recently completed at 201 10th Ave., in Fulton, Illinois just east of the Windmill Museum in Fulton.


On critical issues important to working families, Illinois must turn the tide in 2022 or risk irreparable damage from which taxpayers and our population will not be able to recover.

Previously I have talked about the global supply chain issues the economy is facing and what has played into that dynamic. Since then, there has been a little improvement, mostly in the US, but I would like to dive deeper into the issues and talk about what must happen to see broad improvement.

Americans take freedom for granted, but any poll on the street asking people to name the five freedoms in the First Amendment always yields dismal results.

It ought to be possible to operate a retail store in one of America’s largest and most iconic cities, but this most basic commercial proposition is in doubt in San Francisco.


As we approach the end of 2021, now might be a good time to take a closer look at a few developments surrounding required minimum distributions (RMDs).

A very important gathering is set for Dec. 7, when the Iowa Utilities Board will host a public information meeting at noon at the Wild Rose Convention Center & Ballroom, 777 Wild Rose Drive.

She slammed down her white privilege like you’d slam down an American Express black card. Which is to say, with supreme confidence.

The experience of the last Democratic president who presided over a significant bout of inflation wasn’t a happy one, and if the Biden White House isn’t haunted by that precedent, it isn’t paying attention.

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt ought to heed the state Pardon and Parole board and spare the life of 41-year-old Julius Jones, scheduled to die Nov. 18.

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