Author Archives: Marty Ryan

Why I dislike constitutional amendments: Part II

This is the second part of a series about the reasons why I object to most amendments to Iowa’s Constitution. The series begins with the most recently approved amendments and ends with my first opportunity to vote for or against … Continue reading

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Why I dislike constitutional amendments

There have been seventeen amendments to the Iowa Constitution since I have been able to vote. There is one pending, and three proposals have passed the first of two successive general assemblies, which is required before qualified Iowa voters approve … Continue reading

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Field of pipe dreams

Goosy, a friend of mine who is a technological hermit living in California (his technology is limited to a television and land-line telephone), knows that I’m a huge Royals baseball fan. He calls me on a regular basis to see how I’m … Continue reading

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Life is a Bowl of Cherries

The Candy Kitchen was on the corner of Main Street and Broadway in Denison, right next to the Ritz Theater, which is now the Donna Reed Center and Heritage Museum. It had an entry to the theater lobby in the … Continue reading

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Joseph Charles Ryan 1957-2022 My baby brother died. That wasn’t supposed to happen. The eldest should always go first. In our family, the eldest are still living, while the last four have gone to wherever little brothers go. Joe asked … Continue reading

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Pigs, Poker, and Prisons

Rev. Carlos Jayne, 1935-2022 RIP As he lived, he died – fighting authority! Legendary NFL Coach Bill Parcells said that “A friend’s someone that knows all about you and likes you anyway.” Carlos and I liked each other, even though … Continue reading

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