A Missing “Core”

Despite good news about inclusive growth, Des Moines’ urban core continues to be left behind.

The War Zone

Last month, my family had our annual family reunion in northeast Iowa. We decided to have it at least every year because my grandmother and her sisters were the last survivors of their original family. We had a pleasant time…until the Sunday morning, when my mother’s cousin passed away suddenly. He was in failing health…

He’s Wrong and He’s Right

I had planned on writing a little letter to Dr. Stephen Bloom, but I felt some perspective was needed before writing about something based purely on reactionary terms. By now, everyone across the state of Iowa knows Bloom and the write-up he penned for The Atlantic Magazine.  A lot of folks here in the land between two…