Alzheimer's

Op Ed: It’s time to erase stigma of Alzheimer’s, dementia

A Better Iowa: It’s time to erase stigma of Alzheimer’s, dementia When I began volunteering with the Alzheimer’s Association two years ago, something stuck out to me: Alzheimer’s is the only disease among the top 10 causes of death in America that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. An episode of “The West Wing” […]

School

Op Ed: It’s Time for a Real Debate on Iowa’s Educational Future

A Better Iowa: It’s Time for a Real Debate on Iowa’s Educational Future Everyone can agree that education in Iowa is important. Whether is it pre-school, elementary, middle, high school or college; education is the key to strong communities and strong long-term economic growth. Therein ends the agreement from the General Assembly. How we get there […]

A Better Iowa

Op Ed: Iowa Became a ‘Home’ Worth Fighting For

A Better Iowa Contributor: Iowa Became a ‘Home’ Worth Fighting For I don’t remember it well, but when I was four years old, my parents packed up a moving truck and traveled 792 miles from Denver, Colo., to Mason City, Ia., and now, 28 years later, I could not be more thankful. My mother was […]

Gov. Christie at Waukee Town Hall

Our Caucus: Telling It Like It Is

As Iowans near February 1st and the Iowa Caucus, I’ve been covering my process as a first-time Caucus voter for The Des Moines Register in their Our Caucus series. Recently, I attended a town hall with Gov. Chris Christie. Living in New York City from 2011–2014, I got to “see” Christie up close. I was […]

Perry High School

The Status of Iowa Schools and Students

The Des Moines Register has asked a really good (and fair) question: How do Iowa students today compare with those 20 years ago? Their story Iowa schools: Are they better or worse off? details the changes in funding, costs, and success of Iowa schools and students. A few numbers stood out to me: Fourth-grade reading […]