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Most of us grew up hearing that actions speak louder than words. In an election season, this maxim is more important than ever, especially as we evaluate the fitness of incumbents for reelection. Unfortunately, Sen. Joni Ernst falls far short on an issue of critical importance.

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Doesn’t it just seem like one thing after another?

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In the fall of 2010, I knocked on the door of a 70-year-old woman in rural Grundy Center, Iowa. I was there on a mission: get Terry Branstad and Kim Reynolds elected governor and lieutenant governor of Iowa.

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What a year 2020 has been and continues to be. We are dealing with civil unrest, prolonged drought and a pandemic that has touched more lives for longer than anything in generations.

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Iowa’s beer distributors are local, family-owned, independent businesses that employ thousands of Iowans in stable, high-quality jobs. In normal times, Iowa’s beer distributors are the people working behind the scenes to get your beer where it needs to go — from the brewer to the place you e…

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Adequately funding Iowa’s Medicaid program helps to equip health care workers to do our jobs and save lives. The ongoing pandemic has pushed Medicaid to its limits as more and more Iowans rely on the program and health care workers are already experiencing more shortages of critical personal…

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One of Iowa’s leading voices on community development spies opportunities for rural Iowa as those living in larger cities look to escape population density and the health threats associated with it, while also leaving behind a raft of other challenges, from high rent and long commutes to uns…

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As a farm kid growing up outside a small town of 500, I loved everything about the Fourth of July. The fire department street dance, BBQ chicken, swimming, the annual parade, volleyball and softball tournaments, and even a horse show that I competed in. At night, everyone grabbed their blank…

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We join with a common voice to say “Thank you!” Our community has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by taking personal responsibility for keeping ourselves, our families and each other physically and emotionally healthy.

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On Friday, June 19th, the nation will honor an event that occurred 155 years ago. It is an event that has never received the nationwide attention that it deserves. But it is a day that all freedom loving people in the United States should celebrate. And it is a day that I successfully worked…

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Now is our time to lead. A chance to quarterback the Great Comeback, to pass the baton to the latest and greatest generation. These next few months could lead to significant ramifications lasting long after the fact.

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Following is the speech retired USAFR Col. Robert W. Peters prepared to give at Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony in Carroll, which has been canceled because of continued precautions against the spread of COVID-19.