Author Archives: Marty Ryan

Flaws in the Laws – Part III: 2nd Degree Kidnapping

“He got off on a technicality.” This is a quip that drives me crazy whenever someone walks away from a courtroom in which the person otherwise should have been found guilty. Just what is a technicality? A technicality can be … Continue reading

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The Earth Always Wins

Most of the time, I live about 2100 feet from the Des Moines River. Right now, a levee keeps me approximately 375 feet away from the river. However, I received a notice earlier this year that about 10 square feet … Continue reading

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The Ins and Outs of Baseball

Okay, read carefully. You got nine guys in and nine guys out. The nine guys out try to get the nine guys in out three times. The nine guys in send guys up to get on so that they can … Continue reading

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Flaws in the Laws: Part II – Mourning Dove Hunting

This is the second in the series: Flaws in the Laws. Most of the articles in this series will focus on the Iowa Code. However, this particular flaw is noticeable in the Code and in the Administrative Rules. The Eurasian-collared … Continue reading

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How much does it cost to buy a constitutional amendment?

How much do you think it would cost to amend the Iowa Constitution? To fund an amendment to the U.S. Constitution? Or, the constitutions of all 50 states? What staggering amount would you have to cough up to amend all … Continue reading

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Traveling Northward

This story is both funny and sad. I came home from a Monday night meeting and saw that my neighbor’s lights were still on, so I decided it would be a good time to deliver an apple cream pie to … Continue reading

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