Opinion

05/29/2018 - 2:56pm
The past few weeks, several people have asked me if I’m glad to be off Hawaii Island and away from the lava eruption. Each time I remind them that I’m a reporter and would gladly take the opportunity to go investigate a lava flow up close. It’s history in the making. It’s exciting. And a little dangerous. You might question that last statement, or accuse me of understating...
04/10/2018 - 3:04pm
Twelve weeks sounds like a long time to take off of work. But I can tell you, it just flies by when you’re at home, soaking in that new baby smell, the sounds of coos and the sight of baby’s happy smiles. And so, here I find myself, back in my office, checking my email, setting up interviews and marking dates on my calendar. As with...
12/12/2017 - 12:01pm
If I were a smarter person, I would be able to better explain why Americans should be up in arms about the Federal Communication Commission’s plan to abolish net neutrality. Unfortunately, I’m a writer, not a techie, not a lawyer or someone in any other kind of profession who can properly explain the situation. But since I’m a...
11/21/2017 - 3:26pm
Last week, while preparing to join a conference call with Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, I asked around for some questions Iowans might have about the proposed tax reform bill, which was to be the subject of the call. A college friend of mine, whose personal politics are quite conservative, morally, and libertarian, fiscally, posed a question about the...
11/14/2017 - 11:01am
Remember that time women were supposed to post a cryptic, one-word status update on Facebook a few years ago? Instructions were circulated via a secret message, explaining that women should post the color of the bra they were wearing, in order to support breast cancer patients. Or was it to create awareness of breast cancer? I never really was...
11/07/2017 - 12:11pm
What struck me the most about the story my father-in-law shared with me a few weeks ago was how easily everything could have gone differently. Mike, my father-in-law who lives in Ohio, was staying with us at the end of October, along with my mother-in-law and my 4-year-old nephew. Mike came to town to help my husband replumb our downstairs...
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