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Do you have a nickname? Did you have one growing up? Did you like it or not? How did you get it?

Before Biden was elected, he said he would be the most progressive president yet. C.S. Lewis in “Mere Christianity” said it about right on page 36: “If you are on the wrong road, progress mean…

INDEPENDENCE – The deadline for submitting letters to the editor of the Independence Bulletin Journal is Thursday at 5 p.m. for inclusion in Saturday’s edition. Letters normally run only in th…

In 1981, a committed group of community members came together to begin to work on the issue of hunger in the Cedar Valley; people found themselves out of a job for the first time ever and didn…

As a company commander who served in Kuwait and Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom – and someone who spent 23 years of my life serving in the United States military alongside some of the best…

What goes through your mind two decades after 9/11?

Why do you still go to every county in Iowa every year?

Right now, President Biden and his administration need to finish the evacuation. Americans, Afghan partners, and at-risk personnel are still in the country. I’m pressing the Biden Administrati…

As we welcome September, let’s take a look at the happenings of August!

Are contract producers eligible for pandemic relief assistance?

INDEPENDENCE – The deadline for submitting letters to the editor of the Independence Bulletin Journal is Thursday at 5 p.m. for inclusion in Saturday’s edition. Letters normally run only in th…

Easy trivia question here, but do you remember Don McLean’s record-breaking song, American Pie? The Day the Music Died! This iconic song culminated what perhaps was the essence of the ’60s. So…

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered all flags in Iowa to be lowered to half-staff immediately until sunset on August 30, 2021, to honor and pay our respects to the U.S. service members and …

BUTLER COUNTY – Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following statement on the attacks in Afghanistan that led to the deaths of American service members and Afghans seeking to escape the Taliban.

What’s the State Department telling Americans who are in Afghanistan?

We need to press the Senate to act to repeal the 2002 Iraq Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). Strong bipartisan support exists for the repeal. The 2002 AUMF was created for th…

INDEPENDENCE – The deadline for submitting letters to the editor of the Independence Bulletin Journal is Thursday at 5 p.m. for inclusion in Saturday’s edition. Letters normally run only in th…

Who could interpret the “writing on the wall” better than those who have watched it being written? Those who have lived the experience of the “writing” are the immigrants being bused into all …

What’s in the Senate’s bipartisan infrastructure package for Iowa?

It’s that time! Every August I conduct a quiz to find out how much our Bulletin Journal readers know. If we expect our kids to learn and gain knowledge, the same should be expected of the “Tak…