Iowans’ Ideas: The power of kindness

Iowans’ Ideas are guest columns featuring the views of different Iowans.

Sometimes it takes a crisis to change things up and cause people to question the status quo.

Like many of you, I am ready for this global pandemic to end. I look forward to the day when our kids can hug their grandparents again; when we can all safely go to school, to work and out to eat; and to be able to gather for church, sporting events, live music, family get-togethers and special occasions.

Iowans have made big sacrifices and stepped up to help each other in ways we would had never imagined just months ago. Whether you are a small-business owner, health-care provider, teacher, hairstylist, child-care provider, farmer, parent, student or any other kind of essential worker — you’ve been pushed into making heavy decisions that impact your life and the lives of those connected to you.

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Iowans’ Ideas: The next generation

Iowans’ Ideas are guest columns featuring the views of different Iowans.

As policies and legislation come across my desk, a few things cross my mind. How would this bill affect today, tomorrow and the next generation of Iowans?

I have remarked on the Senate floor how my goal each session is not to pass bills to improve the state for the next month or the next year, but to improve Iowa for the next generation.

When I speak of the next generation, of course, I am thinking about my three children and how I share the same goal of any parent: I want to create a better world for them.

I want to make sure they have all the tools they

need to thrive and succeed and prepare them for the ever-changing world. I want the world to be a better place for them, and an even better place for

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