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I’m an Eastern Iowa writer, blessed to work as a columnist for The Gazette. This is my work archive, portfolio and sketch pad.

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Sexual harassment makes Iowa Capitol no place for teens
Time to stop the Chicago blame game
Fort Madison prison advocates pray for public reprieve
Partisan messaging won’t help rural Iowa
First in a series: Weighing the benefit of a ‘Fresh Start’
Vaccine bill risks health for freedom
Video: Conversations from the Iowa Women’s March
‘Sanctuary’ label or not, Iowa City right to listen to its own
‘Circulator’ worth Marion investment
Facts must drive council affordable housing vote
Aim higher for Iowa’s gun safety training
In Philly ‘the Bern’ rubs raw
Transit blog, day four
Veteran who died at Normandy finally honored
National Vietnam Memorial offered mirror to past
Family, loss and near drownings
Even in death, straw poll hype continues
Cedar County historians say ‘Little House’ worth saving
Tar Creek: A case for oversight

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One less barrier to vaccination
One less barrier to vaccination
April 10, 2019
Amid measles outbreak and emergency mandates, Vatican makes position change public For vaccination advocates, there’s bad news and good news. Let’s start with the bad. Although deemed
Veteran facing deportation finds hope in Iowa’s presidential parade
Veteran facing deportation finds hope in Iowa’s presidential parade
April 7, 2019
Manuel Valenzuela, a Marine who served in Vietnam in 1971 and 1972 and has been facing the possibility of deportation since 2009, is very happy his travels to raise awareness brought hi...
Biden censures: Politics, legitimate or both?
Biden censures: Politics, legitimate or both?
April 3, 2019
Should Joe Biden had known better? Maybe. As a longtime Iowa caucus consumer, I’ve had multiple interactions with Biden. That doesn’t make me unique in the Hawkeye State. I’ve had opport
Why state leaders needed to step back from work requirements
Why state leaders needed to step back from work requirements
April 1, 2019
State work requirements for Medicaid recipients appear to be scuttled, at least for this year. That’s a good thing because research and experience show the numbers don’t add up for particip
Just like love is love, hate is hate
Just like love is love, hate is hate
March 30, 2019
This is what we’ve been reduced to and the saddest part of all is that we no longer find such behavior shocking. On March 22, at a Fort Dodge restaurant, a 26-year-old man — a Jefferson,
We must talk about suicide
We must talk about suicide
March 27, 2019
For Iowans between the ages of 15 and 34, suicide is second-leading cause of death On Monday we learned a third person connected to a mass shooting took his own life. Jeremy Richman, ...

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