Massive tax cuts won’t solve Iowa’s population challenges

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I stumbled across a statistical tidbit the other day that probably will surprise many people. U.S. Census Bureau figures show that between 1900 and 2000, the state that grew the least in population, on a percentage basis, was Iowa. Read that again. No state had smaller population growth ...

Perspective — it makes a big difference

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The (very old) story is told of a $20 bill and a $1 bill in the vault of a large bank. “Hey, Twenty,” said the $1 bill, “I haven’t seen you in a long time. Where have you been?” “Man, I’ve been having a ball,” replied the $20 bill. “I’ve been to the finest restaurants, to ...

Panfish on plastics

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Plastic tails that we put on the back of our jigs have proven themselves to be fish-catchers. However, until the past few years, there has been the belief that plastics are most productive in warm water fishing situations. In cold water, slow presentations are usually more productive, and again ...

An anniversary with lessons

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January is an anniversary of sorts for me. It’s an anniversary that has resulted in learning some life lessons. I married in 1969 and within eight months my bride and I had purchased a home and settled into the community. My wife loved her hometown and I did, too. We had no plans to move ...

Senate change won’t better inform Iowans


Typically, in the days leading up to the start of a new session of the Iowa Legislature, the attention is on lawmakers’ goals and priorities — and on the pledges they make to work together for the good of the people of Iowa. This year, however, Republican leaders who control the Iowa ...

Sonar and ice fishing

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Most people who go fishing on the ice will agree that sonar enables them to catch more fish. Sonar will reveal fish that are down there and it will show how the fish respond to the bait that you’re using. When I first started ice fishing forty plus years ago, the use of sonar wasn’t real ...