Category Archives: progressive values

Jimmy Carter And Prejudice Against Women

On Jan. 19, 1976, the day of the Iowa precinct caucuses that started Jimmy Carter on a path from relative obscurity to becoming the Democratic nominee for president, I was in U.S. Army Basic Training at Fort Jackson, S.C. I … Continue reading

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Data Points To Corporate Influence

Is the Ohio federal court’s recent release of Drug Enforcement Agency data about manufacture and distribution of oxycodone and hydrocodone pills significant? Maybe. I found last week’s Washington Post presentation of scrubbed data engaging for the ten minutes or so … Continue reading

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The Most Important Freedom Is The Freedom Of Expression

The Most Important Freedom is the Freedom of Expression By Ralph Scharnau Freedom of expression or speech is the most fundamental right in the United States. It means citizens have the right to freely express themselves and their opinions. Although … Continue reading

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Support For Newman Abuissa

Editor’s Note: Newman Abuissa formally announced his candidacy to represent Iowa’s second district in the U.S. Congress at an event in Iowa City on Sunday, June 30. While Rita Hart is favored to win almost a year from the primary … Continue reading

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Independence Day 2019

Happy Independence Day… reluctantly. I’ve not been a fan of the Independence Day holiday since military service. It’s not that I paid much attention to it previously. As a military officer I had time to reflect on the meaning of … Continue reading

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Summer Reading 2019

For the next five weeks I’ll be covering weekdays for our editor Trish Nelson who is on summer break. This is my seventh year to provide summer posts, and more than ten years since I began posting at Blog for … Continue reading

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Late Summer Reading – 2018 Version

If you’re like me, most of what we read is on line articles. I also read full length books and have a goal on Goodreads to finish 16 this year. Among the ones I’ve finished and recommend are: Confessions of … Continue reading

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Advocating For Those With Four Paws

Mindi Callison-Long created Bailing out Benji, an organization devoted to putting an end to puppy mills through educational outreach, advocacy and rescue, in 2011 when she was 21 years old. She recently made a trip to Washington, D.C. with animal … Continue reading

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The Importance of American Freedom

by Ralph Scharnau Freedom is the central tenet of how we view ourselves individually and as a nation.  It is embedded in our history and language.  Simultaneously it has been contested in debates and dissents in Congress, in political books/essays/editorials, … Continue reading

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A Blog For Iowa Independence Day Post

Independence Day is an American holiday if there is one. A group of military veterans discussed participation in a local Independence Day parade via email. A member made this post: I will not participate in the July 4th parade. This … Continue reading

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