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The perspective of youth often fails to be addressed on the topic of the decision-making process associated with the future of the Bellevue Elementary building. The complex and controversial issues surrounding Bellevue’s crumbling and inefficient elementary building are well known by the you…

As a grandparent, I want to know my grandkids’ future is a priority for our lawmakers. That starts with making our state a healthier place to live.

“Children are not a distraction from work; they are the most important work.”

Bellevue Community School District, along with Marquette Catholic Schools, have each missed 10 days of school due to heavy snow, ice and frigid temperatures over the past several weeks.

  Just so you know going into this, I had already been housebound with a slight case of pneumonia for over a week when the great Snowpocalypse and the spinning mass of winter-chilled Arctic air  known as the polar vortex "pert near" killed us all.  So after several days of an antibiotic and …

Did you know that the rate of alcohol outlet density in Jackson County is 47.44 percent higher than the State of Iowa’s rate?  What does this mean for Jackson County and why should we care?  

And just like that, I wake up and it is 2019.  It was just the 1960s, right?

'Tis the season for giving. Winston Churchill is said to have quoted, "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."  How do I get more in life from giving, we might ask.  

Local board members of the youth Philanthropy Board in Jackson County (PBnJ) is now accepting grant applications. PBnJ will award $2,500 to strengthen and grow the programs of youth-serving nonprofit organizations in the county.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to Senator Tod Bowman and the outstanding job he did for Jackson County as your State Senator.  

Cybersecurity is present in every aspect of our lives, whether it be at home, work, school, or on the go. The Department of Revenue wants to increase your awareness of cybersecurity and protect yourself online.

Operation: New View, Community Action Agency is now taking applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program for eligible households.

Since Rotary International and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication initiative nearly 30 ears ago, the incidence of Polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to just 37 cases in 2016.  So far in 2017, the data suggests only 5 cases!

I read the article, in the latest Bellevue Herald-Leader, concerning the possible addition of a City ordinance to allow ATVs and golf carts on city streets with some restrictions.  After checking with the Police Department, I was told that ATVs are already allowed on the snowmobile trails wi…

If you are looking for someone to work hard in the Iowa Senate for better schools, look no further than Senator Tod Bowman.

The school year is well underway with a variety of classroom activities designed for learning, along with multiple student activities which take place outside of the classroom. From Fall athletics to fine arts, students are busy at all ages.

I read with interest Jim Budde’s letter of September 27, 2018: Capitalism and Socialism; What do these terms mean?  I have no interest in disputing the content of Jim’s letter.  My only intent is to extend the definition of the two economic systems and not extol their virtues. Jim found, in …

It has been a difficult few weeks as Senator Grassley and fellow Republicans rammed through the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh. But we put up a good fight by contacting our Senators to oppose Kavanaugh. But among all the reports I have seen I would like to share comments from Senator Cory B…

  Over the last several months, I have spent a lot of time talking and listening to people around my district.  One topic that has come up again and again is IPERS (Iowa Public Employee Retirement System), the pension system for public employees here in Iowa.  Folks are worried about what mi…

Contrary to claims by my opponent, I have supported legislation that would crack down on welfare and Medicaid fraud. I also support efforts by the state and federal government to crack down on illegal immigration.

When Judge Kavanaugh first got nominated  for the U.S. Supreme Court in July, the Democrats said they would try and stop him at all costs because he is a too far right extremist to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court.  

Hey everyone, did you know there’s this new thing out there called the internet?

It has been a while since I had a column printed in the Bellevue paper.  Everything I come up with seems to cause controversy...except maybe recipes... and I haven't made anything in the last year that I would consider worth sharing.

In last week’s front page story about the new radium treatment facility in Bellevue, it was incorrectly stated that water and sewer rates for all customers were increased to help defray costs for the project.