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National Night Out is being celebrated in Cascade Wednesday, Aug. 6 from 6-8 p.m. at Riverview Park. I hope you have plans to attend and join in this community-building event. Many of our local businesses and organizations are putting a lot of effort into making this family-friendly evening …

Drug addiction and abuse are now being considered the largest man-made health crisis ever in recorded history. Since the late 1990s, the drug crisis has surged forward, leaving epic devastation in its wake. Now, more than ever, it’s important that literally, everyone out there knows how to s…

If you’ve been on social media lately you can’t help but see photos of people you know who have aged considerably. It’s done with an app (that’s short for application for you non-tech types) called Face App. Apparently, you can take a photo of yourself and the app ages you.

This past week, my parents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary and I stood in front of the greeting card rack for a very long time.

As I go about my work of helping communities revitalize and reinvent themselves, I often get to see the best of America and I'm reminded that the foundations that built this country are still just as important today.

A couple of court cases involving the U.S. government and illegal aliens have garnered a great deal of my attention the last couple weeks. What has come out of those cases is nothing short of incredulous, given the principles this nation was founded upon.

I’ve got a good friend, Ayo, who told me, “Don’t use your head to break a coconut.”

I started The Postscript exactly one year ago. I am more than a little superstitious when it comes to numbers. When I wrote the first draft of my memoir, Blue Yarn, I had an even number of chapters in all three sections. This was probably tidier than necessary, but maybe not terribly unusual…

Spring came late and so, appropriately, did the annual deep cleaning of the refrigerator.

I’ve been known to purchase an occasional lottery ticket when the jackpot has reached exorbitant levels. I’ve said an extra prayer here and there when I’ve fallen short and perhaps needed a bit more forgiveness from the Almighty. I’ve even clamped down and made sure extra money went into our…

I am proud to be the sponsor of HSB 134, legislation designed to assist families in crisis (homelessness, sudden illness, unemployment, depression, deployment, domestic abuse/substance abuse treatment, incarceration, etc.) without strong family or community support to find a temporary placem…

As I write this, our community is reaching the end of a weekend that was widely predicted to contain a severe winter weather event. Even at my age, the words “snow day” spark feelings of excitement. This sentiment likely stems from school days, where the implications of such a declaration we…

Over a lifetime in politics, I’ve met a lot of interesting, impressive politicians. But those I truly admired were men and women who were adept at the arts both of politics and legislating — a rarer combination of talents than you’d hope for in our representative democracy. They’re a reminde…

By the time you read this, I will be recovering from wrist surgery. It’s nothing serious, just something I acquired from a lousier-than-normal golf swing last summer. For the longest time, I just figured the pain wasn’t from the injury, but rather from getting older. But the pain didn’t go a…

The beginning of a new Congress is an exciting time. There are new faces and fresh opportunities to solve problems on behalf of constituents. The opening of the 116th Congress is particularly exciting for Iowans because it’s the first time in our state’s history that both Iowa senators will …

Iowa’s 87th general assembly (2017-18) was a mind-boggling head-spinner. Two examples: 1) we saw a $1.058 billion negative budgetary turnaround yet legislators handed out $611 million as corporate tax breaks and 2) legislators continued to underfund K-12 public schools while trying to increa…

On the morning of Aug. 31, shortly after 8:30, a 12-year-old boy pulled out a gun in his seventh-grade classroom in Eldridge, a community just north of Davenport.

Many of you know that I enjoy music. I have a fairly varied taste when it comes to artists and musical styles. This year the best album I’ve heard, bar none is “The Prodigal Son” by Ry Cooder.

We Americans are an impatient bunch. We typically don’t like to wait in line — unless there’s something we truly want, like much-sought-after concert tickets or whatever this year’s Tickle Me Elmo gift was on Black Friday.

The Heart and Soul process has been taking place in Cascade for a relatively short time. What we have learned through meetings with various groups is an affirmation of why we choose to call Cascade our home:

Community — The definition of this word was apparent Dec. 1-2 as we presented our final Christmas Show at Beckman. The outpouring of love and support was overwhelming. Thank you for your kindness and generosity to needy families helped by Miriam Eick. We have enjoyed doing these shows becaus…