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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

2018 Progress Report

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Iowa Republicans blinded by abortion
Iowa Republicans blinded by abortion
January 15, 2018
However shortsighted, expensive and harmful the resulting policies may be, Iowa Republicans remain obsessed with abortion. Last legislative session, they chose to scrap the Iowa Family Pl...
Sexual harassment report urges action
Sexual harassment report urges action
January 14, 2018
Nearly five years after complaint 'there is nothing that has changed' On Friday, the Iowa Republicans shared a four-page report by Mary Kramer, which included specific recommendations “for
Reynolds’ address offered renewed optimism
Reynolds’ address offered renewed optimism
January 14, 2018
This week was for the doubters and the naysayers. This week was for those who continue to believe, despite all evidence to the contrary, that it makes no difference when women lead. Wi...
Education is aim of ‘Know Your Neighbor’ religion series
Education is aim of ‘Know Your Neighbor’ religion series
January 11, 2018
Can three community discussions on religion improve life in Cedar Rapids? Organizers hope so. “Hans Kung has a great quote about there being no peace without the great religions coming to
Triage for mental illness makes sense
Triage for mental illness makes sense
January 8, 2018
Iowans need jail alternatives County law enforcement officials are asking Iowa lawmakers to create regional triage centers for Iowans experiencing mental health episodes or an addiction cri...
Use #IamMedicaidIowa to share experiences
Use #IamMedicaidIowa to share experiences
January 7, 2018
When Iowa lawmakers consider what should be done to improve Iowa Medicaid, Disability Rights Iowa hopes people will be their primary focus. To that end, the organization is encouraging Io...

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