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This week I celebrated my grandson’s 10th birthday. I gave him a gift and a birthday card and asked him to read what I had written. He told me he couldn’t because it was in cursive. He attends a public school in the state of Iowa, receiving excellent grades in all his classes. I didn’t write…

Here is some information that I have retrieved from the “Luxembourg News.” I get the news on my computer in English and get to see what the other side of the ocean is saying about the United States and the rest of the world. U.S. Steel Corp has a plant in Slovakia and is going to lay off 2,5…

Drug addiction and abuse are now being considered the largest man-made health crisis ever in recorded history. Since the late 1990s, the drug crisis has surged forward, leaving epic devastation in its wake. Now, more than ever, it’s important that literally, everyone out there knows how to s…

If you’ve been on social media lately you can’t help but see photos of people you know who have aged considerably. It’s done with an app (that’s short for application for you non-tech types) called Face App. Apparently, you can take a photo of yourself and the app ages you.

This past week, my parents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary and I stood in front of the greeting card rack for a very long time.

As I go about my work of helping communities revitalize and reinvent themselves, I often get to see the best of America and I'm reminded that the foundations that built this country are still just as important today.

A couple of court cases involving the U.S. government and illegal aliens have garnered a great deal of my attention the last couple weeks. What has come out of those cases is nothing short of incredulous, given the principles this nation was founded upon.

I was at Randy’s Food Mart today and had an amazing experience. A young man came up to me and asked if I was a Vietnam veteran. I told him that I was and he thanked me for my service to our country. He shook my hand and walked away. Soon after, a check-out clerk came to me and handed me a $2…

I’ve got a good friend, Ayo, who told me, “Don’t use your head to break a coconut.”

I started The Postscript exactly one year ago. I am more than a little superstitious when it comes to numbers. When I wrote the first draft of my memoir, Blue Yarn, I had an even number of chapters in all three sections. This was probably tidier than necessary, but maybe not terribly unusual…

Spring came late and so, appropriately, did the annual deep cleaning of the refrigerator.

I’ve been known to purchase an occasional lottery ticket when the jackpot has reached exorbitant levels. I’ve said an extra prayer here and there when I’ve fallen short and perhaps needed a bit more forgiveness from the Almighty. I’ve even clamped down and made sure extra money went into our…

We recently read in the Manchester Press, about the meeting with Rep. Lee Hein, House District 96 and Senator Dan Zumbach, District 48. I was perplexed by Senator Zumbach’s comments about the media stories concerning bills floating around that we shouldn’t take seriously, as the chances of t…

While some people still wish to be the President, I have decided I am not qualified. When I was asked, I immediately went to my family history and high school books to check my past for skeletons to be used against me in this PC world of sexism and racism. Here are my reasons why I am not qu…

For the past 26 years I’ve volunteered as a medical first responder with the New Vienna-Luxemburg Fire and EMS service. Assisting neighbors, on what is often one of their most difficult days, is a privilege. Despite other rural areas struggling to attract and retain firefighters and EMS pers…

Every news person and politician talks about the wall. It is not the wall that is our problem. It is the law.

Over a lifetime in politics, I’ve met a lot of interesting, impressive politicians. But those I truly admired were men and women who were adept at the arts both of politics and legislating — a rarer combination of talents than you’d hope for in our representative democracy. They’re a reminde…

By the time you read this, I will be recovering from wrist surgery. It’s nothing serious, just something I acquired from a lousier-than-normal golf swing last summer. For the longest time, I just figured the pain wasn’t from the injury, but rather from getting older. But the pain didn’t go a…

Corporal Ronil Singh, a police officer, was killed Dec. 26 by an “illegal” alien. He leaves behind a wife and 5-month-old son. Nancy Pelosi complained about the death of two children (who were sick) brought illegally into the USA.

The beginning of a new Congress is an exciting time. There are new faces and fresh opportunities to solve problems on behalf of constituents. The opening of the 116th Congress is particularly exciting for Iowans because it’s the first time in our state’s history that both Iowa senators will …

Iowa’s 87th general assembly (2017-18) was a mind-boggling head-spinner. Two examples: 1) we saw a $1.058 billion negative budgetary turnaround yet legislators handed out $611 million as corporate tax breaks and 2) legislators continued to underfund K-12 public schools while trying to increa…

On the morning of Aug. 31, shortly after 8:30, a 12-year-old boy pulled out a gun in his seventh-grade classroom in Eldridge, a community just north of Davenport.