Author Archives: Marty Ryan

My Worst Friend

We all have our best friends, but have you ever had a “worst friend”.  I know it sounds like a paradox, but hear me out.  I believe most people have experienced a worst friend. When I was stationed in Fort … Continue reading

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Gloom and Doom

By now, everyone has experienced the disappearing toilet paper caper.  We made our monthly trip to COSTCO last week only to discover that the warehouse was void of any toilet paper and paper towels.  In its place was an employee … Continue reading

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Flaws in the Laws: Part IV – Disturbing the Peace

I may have retired from lobbying the Iowa Legislature – or, excuse me, lobbying legislators at the Iowa Legislature, but every once in a while, I peek at a bill that has a subject matter appealing to my interest.  House … Continue reading

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Grandma’s Garden

Ruth Huston gave me some of the best advice I could ever use.  Ruth was a dietitian.  Discussing some of the fad diets of the early 2000s, she said with a harsh voice that “the only way to lose weight … Continue reading

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Creating news

The national media received what it had requested, and now it wants to blame the Iowa Democratic Party for not having the media’s information quick enough.  For years, national and local media have yearned for raw numbers from the Iowa … Continue reading

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Bringin’ home the bacon

When I wrote about the possible dangers of having 40% fewer meat inspectors in pork slaughterhouses, I didn’t mean to cause such alarm among readers.  Just be sure to say grace before meals and everything should be okay. As I … Continue reading

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