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  • Holm for the holidays

    When Holly Holm came out to do a post-fight news conference after a 2009 pro boxing victory, she had some people to meet with first.
    Nov. 25, 2015 - 10:33 am
  • Political word salad

    Have you ever noticed how politicians, or talking heads with the 24-hour news networks, like to use metaphors and analogies? They try (emphasis on “tr ...
    Nov. 25, 2015 - 10:33 am
  • Medicaid is a health safety net for all

    Sen. Rob HoggCedar RapidsThis Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for Medicaid, the health care safety net th ...
    Nov. 25, 2015 - 10:32 am
  • Stop shopping, start living

    Imagine if retailers held a nationwide super-spectacular sales day — and no one came.I don’t mean cu ...
    Nov. 24, 2015 - 11:16 am
  • America isn’t great

    Donald Trump’s recent slipping in the polls is good news because it means there are fewer white trash people in the country than we thought. A lot of ...
    Nov. 24, 2015 - 11:15 am
  • Measuring student success in community colleges

    Local students enroll in community colleges for a variety of reasons. Many students enroll with the intent to complete a degree or certificate while o ...
    Nov. 24, 2015 - 11:15 am
  • Disney on Ice, here we come

    For the third year in a row, my kids, husband and I will be attending Disney on Ice at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. When ranking the excitement ea ...
    Nov. 24, 2015 - 11:17 am
  • O’Malley is only candidate with record of actions

    While Gov. Martin O’Malley has made 20 trips to Iowa since April, his sterling debate performance last month and fiery speech at the Jefferson-Jackson ...
    Nov. 23, 2015 - 10:53 am
  • Don’t let fear win

    When I traveled for the first time to Montana in the summer of 2014 I was able to meet and get a photo with Gov. Steve Bullock on my first day in Big ...
    Nov. 23, 2015 - 10:55 am
  • Anti-liberty politicians

    After a terrorist attack, it’s natural to ask: What can politicians do to keep us safe?One thing the ...
    Nov. 23, 2015 - 10:53 am
  • Things that go bump

    There’s something odd going on in my house. I’m not necessarily saying it’s haunted, but peculiar things occur and try as I might, I can’t always debu ...
    Nov. 20, 2015 - 10:29 am
  • Shop local this holiday

    Other places worth visiting: Aleya, Maytag Dairy Farms, Shoe Depot, Game Stop, Cato, Hallmark, Hendrickson's, Skiff Gift Store,
    Nov. 20, 2015 - 10:29 am
  • Bombs won’t cut it

    When Paris suffered attacks that killed 17 last January — at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket — it responded with great ...
    Nov. 20, 2015 - 10:27 am
  • Thanksgiving on a Pigboat

    It was Thanksgiving Day, 1944. Petty Officer Dean Dixon, from Bloomfield was on duty aboard the submarine, USS Hammerhead, in the South China Sea. The ...
    Nov. 19, 2015 - 11:04 am
  • Politics don’t belong in refugee crisis conversation

    Martin O’Malley is arguably the least aggressive out of the three candidates running for the Democratic party’s presidential nomination. But in Saturd ...
    Nov. 19, 2015 - 11:06 am