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  • ‘Lincoln’s Law’ slows Washington’s gravy train

    Iowans working six ways to Sunday to make ends meet have 18 trillion reasons to resent Washington’s appetite for overspending. The soaring $18 trillio ...
    Dec. 1, 2015 - 10:52 am
  • 12-0

    It has happened. For the first time in my lifetime, and I guess, really ever, my Hawkeyes have won 12 games and completed an undefeated regular season ...
    UPDATED: Dec. 1, 2015 - 11:26 am
  • Apartment for rent: Will consider Islamic refugee

    I own a 100-year-old three-decker house in a Massachusetts mill town. Each floor is its own apartment. We live in one of the apartments and rent the o ...
    Dec. 1, 2015 - 10:51 am
  • Hold the mashed potatoes

    Another Thanksgiving is in the books, and today I look back on what can only be described as a resounding success — mostly because nothing caught on f ...
    Nov. 30, 2015 - 11:10 am
  • Self-defenseless

    What might have happened if a few of the 1,500 concert attendees in Paris’ Bataclan theater had guns? The terrorists had time to kill, reload and kill ...
    Nov. 30, 2015 - 10:44 am
  • JCCA wowed by recent performance

    Glenda DuffusNewtonMembers of the Jasper County Concert Association (JCCA) and their guests were rec ...
    Nov. 30, 2015 - 10:44 am
  • Who packs your parachute?

    At church the other day, I heard a rather moving sermon.I realize all sermons should speak to you on ...
    Nov. 27, 2015 - 10:07 am
  • Kelley supports Iowa veterans

    Rep. Jerry KearnsKeokukI’ve served with Rep. Dan Kelley in the Iowa House of Representatives for fiv ...
    Nov. 27, 2015 - 10:05 am
  • 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