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  • Cruel and stupid

    President Trump’s attorney general, Jeff Sessions, ordered federal prosecutors to seek maximum penalties for drug-related crimes.
    May 22, 2017 - 11:21 am
  • The hidden bombshell in the Comey-Trump story

    How can you tell an authoritarian when you see one? We know the 20th century hallmarks — brown shirts, street rallies, and the like. But there’s an au ...
    May 22, 2017 - 11:21 am
  • Column: Love beyond the land

    Editor’s Note: This column originally published April 9, 2015. Early in the morning, he rises with ...
    May 22, 2017 - 11:20 am
  • Water quality efforts fall further with loss of Leopold Center funding

    In a time when water quality from farm runoff has been front and center in state politics, it is interesting the state legislature voted to eliminate ...
    May 19, 2017 - 10:06 am
  • Happy legal guardian of unspecified gender day

    Mother’s Day marks an awkward time of year for those on the hard left.First, there are those who den ...
    May 19, 2017 - 10:05 am
  • Column: Transparency

    Covering an official who has Secret Service protection is meant to be intimidating. During my first experience I was 21 and a college reporter with Th ...
    May 19, 2017 - 10:44 am
  • Music feeds the soul

    I recently attended a series of classes at Vermeer entitled, “Equipped for Life.” In the Relational Wealth Class, we were asked to introduce ourselves ...
    May 18, 2017 - 11:09 am
  • Column: ‘Curious Incident’

    When I first heard “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” was coming to the Des Moines Civic Center, I’ll be honest and say I had never h ...
    May 18, 2017 - 11:37 am
  • Project AWAKE appreciates community support

    On behalf of the Project AWAKE board, I want to thank everyone who contributed to the outstanding success of our Annual Fundraiser Plant Sale. 
    May 18, 2017 - 11:09 am
  • The great outdoors

    Editor’s note: This column originally published May 6, 2016When hubby and I have a weekend off toget ...
    May 18, 2017 - 11:09 am
  • If Washington won’t rein in corporate greed, your state might

    Josh Elliott is fed up with overpaid CEOs. As the owner of a Connecticut natural foods market with 40 employees, he says he could never justify pocket ...
    May 17, 2017 - 10:14 am
  • Bonnaroo rocks

    In less than a month, tens of thousands of my best friends will convene on a farm in the middle of Tennessee to enjoy music, art, food and endless goo ...
    May 17, 2017 - 10:15 am
  • Chicks and book

    Two big pieces of news on the Empty Nest Farm. First item: we have baby chicks. Yep. When I was a kid growing up, we always had chickens, a calf and a ...
    May 17, 2017 - 10:13 am
  • Column: Celebrating 6 Pump It Up style

    Birthdays at our house are a pretty big deal. On Saturday, my oldest daughter celebrated her 6th birthday and for the first time, we headed out of tow ...
    May 16, 2017 - 10:39 am
  • Union Cemetery is well maintained

    I just finished reading the editorial in Friday’s Newton Daily News urging the city to make cemetery maintenance a priority. My husband and I walk at ...
    May 16, 2017 - 10:14 am