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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
State won’t force my daughters
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
Rural Iowans eager to engage art in their communities
Long road ahead for Iowa political equity advocates
‘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
Iowa Culture app needs our help
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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This is what democracy looks like
This is what democracy looks like
February 22, 2018
Hundreds of area residents who took time this past snowy Saturday morning to attend a League of Women Voters’ Legislative Forum also should take a moment to pat themselves on the back. It w
More than reactionary gun violence plans needed
More than reactionary gun violence plans needed
February 19, 2018
Pro-gun legislation in the Iowa Statehouse has succumbed to a barrage of bullets. Unfortunately, this is not a metaphor. The nation’s latest mass shooting, this time at a Florida high schoo
Feminine hygiene product drive began with dignity
Feminine hygiene product drive began with dignity
February 18, 2018
As Iowans extend a helping hand to those in need, feminine hygiene supplies are too often forgotten. A local group is stepping up to help. Members of the Cedar Rapids National Organization ...
Nothing to love about food deserts
Nothing to love about food deserts
February 15, 2018
Trump administration budget aims to slash SNAP by $213 billion It’s Valentine’s Day, and I hoped to write a column appropriate for a love and indulgence holiday, however contrived. But that
Family planning services thin under Iowa GOP program
Family planning services thin under Iowa GOP program
February 12, 2018
Despite Republican promises to the contrary, changes to family planning services has resulted in less access that will cost Iowans more. Last spring, Iowa Republicans crafted a new family p...
Iowa Republicans are devaluing women – again
Iowa Republicans are devaluing women – again
February 11, 2018
Iowa Republicans are once again making clear that they value the potential of pregnancy more than they value women. Their latest missive is Senate Study Bill 3143: “An act relating to the p

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