Steel(ers) Wheels Revisited

Nearly two years ago, I wrote about Matthew Zimmerman, a young Old Order Mennonite, who was embroiled in a fracas with Mitchell County up in northern Iowa when he was pulled over by the sheriff for driving his family tractor on a county road. He wasn’t drinking or speeding. It was the wheels.  Mitchell County passed…

“Stuck in the Middle With You”

  My pal Reid Forgrave of the Des Moines Register filed a story on the latest Iowa Poll in Sunday’s Des Moines Register.  The new Iowa Poll showed that the same-sex marriage debate wasn’t entirely pro or against same-sex marriages and rights. Add “indifferent” to the list. The same-sex issue was split in three ways:  those…

The Shakedown: Post-election edition

  Election Night has come and have past.  Winners and losers.  Blowouts or tough ones.  In the end, after things calm down in a few days, we will start to sort out what to expect for the next two years. If you asked me, this is nothing new with national voters.  In the world of…

Order and Disorder in the Court

The job of a judge is to determine if a law was broken, interpret what is said in the code of law, and to uphold order and adjudicate whether a crime was committed or not. For the most part, judges have to be impartial.  Sadly, sometimes a few of them make the choice to use…