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I don’t know Andy McKean, the Anamosa Iowa House member who announced he was leaving the Republican Party to caucus with the Democrats in the Iowa House because he doesn’t like Donald Trump. Maybe he’s a nice guy and his leaving the GOP is a great moral leap of faith.

We are in the next to last Sunday of my series on God’s love and its impact on our lives. Next week, I will bring you my column just prior to Good Friday and Easter. Today I want to talk to you about reconciling broken relationships and I am talking not only about our relationship with God b…

It’s like when one of the 20 Democrat candidates for President offer something really stupid to the national discussion, there is a pile on. The latest completely ditsy idea being brought forward by any number of socialists is a very tired platform plank called “reparations.”

I hope you are able to go to the Lenten Luncheons at St. Mary’s every Tuesday. Good cause for charity. Also, take advantage of all the opportunities across denominational lines at various churches as we move ever closer to Easter which is April 21. Holy Week is very near as it begins with Pa…

I’m not exactly sure what members of the Democrat branch of the Me Too Movement are trying to prove with accusations of unwanted touching by former U.S. Senator and Vice President Joe Biden. If you Google “Creepy Uncle Joe” you’re going to find photographs from 30 years ago that portray the …

I woke up Monday morning with a bit of a hangover and it was not alcohol induced. Even though I spent a large portion of my weekend doing spring cleaning, visiting the landfill, attending a JDRF banquet, watching a youth gymnastics/tumbling meet and doing church, I spent way, way too much ti…

First and foremost, Happy St. Patrick’s Day for all of you Irish and Irish wanna be’s. Great and godly man. I savor one of his great prayers especially.

Last week, as a prelude to the next few weeks as we go through Lent together, I began a study on the topic of love and all it means. Love is our theme for Lent and so…. this almost sounds like a Valentine’s message but in reality, it is about proclaiming what all God’s love is and means to u…

My policy of live and let live most generally is extended to Des Moines. Even though it is our capital city, I really don’t care what they do or how they govern themselves. Frankly, I don’t spend a lot of time in Des Moines; a yearly sojourn to the State Fair, an occasional Civic Center perf…

As I write this column, it is the next to last day of the shortest month of the year. But it sure seems like it has been a long one what with the inclement weather. It has been a month of many challenges for me, and for so many of you, I know it has as well. Life is full of them.

I’ve got to tell you, what the University of Iowa, Learfield Broadcasting and Fran McCaffery are doing to long-time Hawkeye broadcaster Gary Dolphin is just short of criminal.

Before all of us bemoan the terrible weather we are having, two things to consider: February is statistically our snowiest month and secondly, we are one day closer to spring. Now that's an optimist for you.

I had to scratch and claw Sunday to obtain a copy of the Des Moines Sunday Register (weather related), desperate for a first hand account of Iowa’s incredible win over Rutgers and the Joe Wiescamp shot heard round the world along with coverage of the Iowa high school state wrestling tournament.

I took my grandson to our house to deliver him from the boredom of being out of school for the ninth time this winter. We had lunch and then started flipping channels, landing on the History Channel’s newest treasure hunt show called “The Curse of Civil War Gold,” which I find out in watchin…

I watched most of what turned out to be an unremarkable Super Bowl. Other than Gladys Knight hitting the National Anthem out of the park, the entire production was pretty much a yawner.

Well, first of all, I want to thank all of you who have prayed for, and or in any way at all, helped pay tribute to my dad, David Grimes, or reach out to our family at his passing. I placed a thank you ad in Tuesday’s paper but wanted to thank you all again. The service was beautiful. He wou…

THERE IS SOMETHING desperately wrong with a segment of American culture when women stand up as if they were in a charismatic healing service, hands raised to the sky, cheering at the signing of a bill by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to allow abortion of healthy babies right up until the moment…

In 15 years of writing columns for you, never have I had as heavy a heart in writing one as I do today. I have written about many joyous things, many controversial things, and a few sad things along the way. I have always spoken from my heart and endeavored to stay true to the Word. Today, h…

Last week, as I was on the verge of typing my column, my 101-year-old dad, David Grimes, had to be rushed to the Monroe County Hospital with breathing problems that, to me, seemed to be developing a couple of days before, only to really increase as I checked on him Wednesday morning.

My kids bought me a Fitbit wristwatch the first Christmas after my heart attack two years ago and I wear it and consult it religiously. Typically, I can make that golden 10,000 steps a day and if I miss, my steps are nearing the 8,000 level. I have no idea who came up with 10,000 steps creat…

I got to thinking about sports and kids and teams that enjoy success (in terms of score) and suffer failure. If you play sports long enough, your body will fail, at least in terms of what you did at 18 compared to what you can do at 28 or 68. If you’re fortunate enough to be able to keep pla…

Editor’s note: Richard Grimes is taking a break this week to care for his 101-year-old father, David, who is ill. He asks for prayers.

Well, today I want to say a few things that I believe point to the moral abyss America has fallen into and to remind all of us that all signs point to the soon coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I’m admitting to a bit of a football watching hangover this week. I was extremely careful through most of the holiday season, watching only games of intimate interest…Iowa State, Iowa, the first rounds of the NCAA final four, turning off Notre Dame when Clemson started to pound them but keep…

The question facing all newspaper columnists as one year ends and another begins, is do you look backwards and judge history as a way to learn (all who fail to understand history are destined to repeat it) or do you look ahead with New Years resolutions and all sorts of goals in store.

I don’t know what possessed me to offer to cook the turkey for Christmas dinner this year. Clearly it had something to do with receiving an electric smoker for my birthday last July, spending a day in July assembling it and then using it to shelve fishing lures and dog food cans.

Hey, hope you all had a blessed Christmas. I did and was so grateful to spend it with folks. You know, Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus but there is an interesting happening that happens after the birth of Jesus but which is so important to look at.

I don’t know how many times I’ve reprinted this story I first wrote almost 40 years ago. It is a memory I have, not just of my father (who passed two Christmases ago) and how we were raised in our little farming community, but the lessons I learned about the power of giving.

Iowa’s fetal heartbeat law is before a judge as Planned Parenthood and other pro-death groups attempt to prove it is unconstitutional. I won’t even guess how this judge will rule. If he’s like most other left-leaning judges on the Iowa Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, the law will be turn…

Christmas is less than two weeks away. Wow. I have told you that I have a very different view of it this year. The house isn’t decorated as usual, not as many carols have been listened to, some of the missions things I usually do have been on hold. My dad's being in the care center and my mo…

I like Drake University. I have incredible memories of a daughter competing in the Drake Relays and in the state track meet. My fondness for the university located in a very tough part of Des Moines goes back to 1969 when Maury John took his Bulldog basketball team to the height of national …

Interesting week as we move ever closer to Christmas. The death of former president, George H.W. Bush, was a major story and caused many Americans to ponder just how special this man was, and to yearn for those old days again. Many alive today have no concept of just who Ronald Reagan and Ge…

This Saturday, the Albia Victorian Stroll takes place. I hope you are able to attend this wonderful community event with so many wonderful things to see and do to officially kick off the Advent, Christmas season.

A very weird thing happened on the way to finding the funeral arrangements for one of my late mother’s best friends and the mom of one of my high school classmates.

Democrats are left scratching their heads over the shellacking they took from rural counties in Iowa in the governor’s race, in the state senate and largely in the Iowa House. They can’t seem to figure out why looking at the electoral map of the United States, over 90 percent of counties vot…

Thanksgiving is next week and I will be sharing some tidbits and thoughts in conjunction with that but today, a hint of something that has an element of Thanksgiving theme in it.

I’M WRITING THIS before election results on Tuesday night, so I don’t know who is going to be controlling the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, the Iowa House, Senate and Governor’s office and local government.

Sunday is Veterans’ Day. It is a day where we are to salute all veterans. As an aside, I want to remind you of the wonderful program at the Civic Center in Des Moines this Sunday where the Iowa Military Veterans’ Band will be doing a major free concert. You might remember their outstanding c…

Everybody ought to have a six-year-old boy in their lives, whether it is child, grandchild or neighbor kids. Mine happens to be my grandson and unless he is terrorizing a cat or in a bad mood, he makes me laugh.

Lots of soup suppers and the like going on this time of year which really help area churches. Hope you can attend as many as possible. Iconium Soup and Oyster Supper is this Saturday night beginning at 4 and do not forget the Albia St. Mary’s election day dinner on Tuesday. All of the area e…

I really don’t spend a lot of time considering conspiracies. It’s not a show I watch on the History Channel or American Heroes Channel when they’ve got little else to televise. Pulling off a conspiracy is way too complicated for like 99 percent of the population.

Have you ever heard someone called hard hearted? Have you ever seen someone who was just plain stubborn, I mean stubborn beyond belief? I bet you have. I have and I hope it has never been applied to any of you. There are people in our world who are obstinate and hardheaded. God calls it some…

WHY? Need I say that this one three letter word is probably one of the most used words in the world? We ask it to our kids, our spouses, personal and environmental crises, and in relation to events that happen anywhere and on and on it goes. It reveals our frustrations, our perplexities, our…

When you wander through a summer of semi-drought and then over a month of near constant rainfall, it’s easy to forget how beautiful Iowa weather can be. On the one clear day last week, my wife and I found ourselves driving to Osceola to see a junior high volleyball match, the colors were beg…