Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

Columns

May 6, 2014

Dream big, Class of 2014

The Class of 2014 will graduate from high school on the heels of welcome news that fewer of their peers are dropping out of school. Recently released data from the U.S. Department of Education show America hit its highest-ever high school graduation rate when the Class of 2012 topped 80 percent. Even more impressively, Iowa ranked highest in the nation with an 88 percent success rate at keeping kids in school through graduation.

This is good news. It shows a commitment by parents and educators to give the next generation a strong start to become productive contributors of society. America’s posterity will be shaped by the choices Millennials make to embrace and protect the blessings of economic freedom and individual liberty as they come of age in the 21st century.

Friends and family look forward to celebrating this milestone with the Class of 2014 in communities across Iowa. Parents have plenty to celebrate. Since 1960, the USDA has compiled data on what it costs to raise a child in the United States. Child-rearing costs have seen an average annual increase of 4.4 percent. The USDA’s most recent report projects parents would spend $241,080 to raise a child born in 2012 from birth to age 17.

If only sticker shock stopped on graduation day. Some students may already have a taste of debt with monthly car payments. Others may have hefty tuition bills on their horizon. A growing share of college-bound students takes out financial aid and graduates with an average $27,000 debt. Today the nation’s student loan portfolio is a whopping $1 trillion and many predict a likelihood of significant default, putting taxpayers on the hook yet again.

This spring I introduced bipartisan legislation to help families comparison shop for colleges. The bill would update and standardize requirements for colleges to make available a net price calculator, an online tool to make it easier for students to better estimate and compare what they would pay at schools they are interested in attending.

Text Only
Columns
  • Don't let Big Oil bully biofuels It’s vacation season across America. That means family road trips are underway and the traveling public is paying even closer attention when they pull up to the pump. Today’s drivers also value clean-burning fuel choices that help the environment and

    July 22, 2014

  • Lerner's illegal instant message trick It was so brazen. Right there, over email, Lois Lerner warned her colleagues “Congress has asked for emails ... so we need to be cautious about what we say in emails.” Then she asked whether the IRS’s instant messaging application was being archived,

    July 17, 2014

  • Going to visit the AC Fair? The Daily Iowegian will publish an editorial Question of the Week on the Opinion page.The Iowegian wants readers to think about the 2014 Appanoose County Fair. It starts Monday and wraps up on Saturday with a demolition derby at 8 p.m.So, the questio

    July 17, 2014

  • Compliance with open meetings law Editor’s Note: This is a monthly column prepared by the Iowa Public Information Board to update Iowans on the IPIB’s activities and provide information on some of the issues routinely addressed by the board.Iowa courts have not yet definitively answe

    July 14, 2014

  • Making time for others Dear Editor,We live in a time where we depend on modern conveniences to save us time. We enjoy the pleasures of having vehicles, computers, dishwashers, running water, electricity, fast food, washers and dryers while expecting these conveniences to f

    July 14, 2014

  • The right to a paid vacation Ah, summer is here. We all know what that means: The rights crowd will demand that our politicians pass new federal laws to make paid vacation mandatory.It is true that the United States is the only advanced economy that does not require employers to

    July 10, 2014

  • Vote for U.S. representative? The Daily Iowegian will publish an Editorial Question of the Week on the Opinion page.The Iowegian wants readers to think about the upcoming election in November. In the next few weeks and months we will ask our readers to pick a candidate in selecte

    July 10, 2014

  • A defensive response and the IRS Ring, ring.“Hello, this is Tom.”“Hello, Tom, this is the federal government. We are going to audit your taxes and want to see all of your records for 2011.”“Sorry, federal government, but my computer crashed in 2011. All of my emails, electronic rece

    June 25, 2014

  • Vote for A.C. Supervisor? The Daily Iowegian will publish an editorial Question of the Week on the Opinion page.The Iowegian wants readers to think about the upcoming election in November. In the next few weeks and months we will ask our readers to pick a candidate in selecte

    June 25, 2014

  • The hard lessons of Iraq Nearly 5,000 of our fine men and women died in Iraq.Who’s going to explain Iraq to their loved ones now?Who’s going to explain why, if it was so important that we had to go to Iraq in 2003, we just walked away?Iraq is back in our living rooms every n

    June 25, 2014

  • 'Safe Routes to School - Balderdash!' ‘Safe Routes to School —Balderdash!’Dear Editor,Safe Routes to School — Balderdash! There is no such thing. There is no such thing as unsafe routes to school either.This was all a ploy for one reason — money, and had absolutely nothing to do with the

    June 24, 2014

  • Facts about unaccompanied minors Here are six facts you need to know about what President Obama fraudulently calls the unaccompanied minors “urgent humanitarian crisis.” First, many minors aren’t unaccompanied. Rather, they’re traveling with their mothers, some pregnant with future

    June 24, 2014

  • How to watch the World Cup The refrain has echoed across the globe our entire lives. “The World Cup is the most exciting sporting event on the face of the planet. Bigger than the Super Bowl, Stanley Cup and World Series combined and go ahead, throw in the next Star Wars movie

    June 24, 2014

  • Arlington National Cemetery: 150 years of service In the 40-plus years since my paternal grandparents passed away, I have often wondered about the status of Shiloh Cemetery, which was nestled on the hilltop above their humble farmhouse. Recently, my hometown newspaper, the Marshall County (TN) Tribu

    June 5, 2014

  • ACCC focus is on alcohol abuse Dear Editor, The Appanoose County Collaboration Council in cooperation with the Strategic Prevention Framework-State Incentive Grant project would like to acknowledge the successes of the Appanoose County area residents, Board of Supervisors, the Cen

    June 5, 2014

Obituaries
Featured Ads
Poll

The Iowegian wants readers to think about the 2014 Appanoose County Fair. It starts Monday and wraps up on Saturday with a demolition derby at 8 p.m. So, the question of the week is, "How many days do you plan to go to the Appanoose County Fair?

A. I plan to attend all six days.
B. I plan to attend five days.
C. I plan to attend four days.
D. I plan to attend three days.
E. I plan to attend two days.
F. I plan to attend one day.
G. I do not plan to go to the fair this year.
     View Results
Iowegian on Facebook